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Sexual Abuse

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The number of people in the U.S. now required to register as sex offenders is edging close to the one million mark.

The bench trial and sentencing hearing for a terminally ill McLean man was delayed Friday until a judge can determine if the defendant has the medical and psychological capacity to move forward on sexual abuse charges involving four minors.

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YWCA McLean County’s Stepping Stones program says its updated hotline number will provide quicker and more direct help to anyone who has experienced sexual assault or abuse and stalking.

Teaching Children About Sex, Consensual Touch

Aug 23, 2019
Erin Ripley-Gataric
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Even if the conversations are uncomfortable, a community sex educator said it's important for parents to start young when talking about themes of sex and body anatomy with their children.

Claire speaks to the board
Mary Cullen / WGLT

The Unit 5 school board heard public comment Wednesday from a woman whose daughter was in Jonathan Hovey’s first grade class at Glenn Elementary this past school year.

criminal sexual abuse suspect
Bloomington Police Department

Bloomington Police have released images of a suspect wanted for an alleged sexual abuse committed in broad daylight.

Juan Lorenzo and Josue Rodriguez-Soto
Bloomington Police Department

Bloomington Police say they have arrested two Bloomington men on sex abuse charges stemming from separate cases involving children.

A picture of Holy Trinity Church
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The Catholic Diocese of Peoria has removed three long-retired priests from public ministry because of credible allegations of sexual misconduct with children.

News conference on public nuisance lawsuit
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UPDATED 4:10 p.m. | The Catholic Church in Illinois has been sued by four people who claim they were sexually abused by priests and that the church protected the priests by concealing the abuse.


The Catholic bishop of Peoria is expressing sorrow at the results of an investigation showing about 1,000 Pennsylvania children were abused over decades by 300 priests.

Nude Student Photo Website Hard To Control, Prosecute

May 18, 2017
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Anonymous websites like Anon-IB that post nude photographs of women are difficult to control because the law has not kept up with the technology that makes these sites possible.

Normal Police Department

Police in Normal and Bloomington are looking for a man they believe has committed child sexual abuse. 24-year old Deondre A. Watts is believe to have left the state for now.