Crimes Against Children
CROWN POINT | A Gary couple are accused of locking five young girls in a furnace closet for hours, and the man is accused of sexually abusing some of the girls, according to court records.
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso police are investigating the second report in two days of a man driving a white van approaching a girl walking in the Beauty Creek subdivision.
LANSING | Although most of the 100 or so residents who gathered in front of a home Sunday in the 17900 block of Wildwood Avenue never knew 2-year-old Jakariah Patterson, they felt the need to mourn her death.
MUNSTER | A missing 1-year-old Milwaukee girl was found safe in Munster late Wednesday night thanks to the help of a local resident who noticed the child was not in a car seat and called police.
GARY | Lake County police on Friday released a composite sketch of a man wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a 14-year-old this week.
PORTAGE | A Portage man was arrested Monday night after "slamming" a 3-year-old boy to the floor, police said.
The number of Illinois children killed by abuse or neglect over the past year likely will be the state's most in a quarter century, Illinois child-welfare officials announced Thursday in imploring citizens to report suspected mistreatment of youths before it turns deadly.
VALPARAISO | A 21-year-old Portage man faces a felony count of sexual misconduct with a minor on allegations of having sex with a 14-year-old girl in her bedroom.
VALPARAISO | A 60-year-old Valparaiso man is charged with molesting a young girl.
GRIFFITH | A 15-year-old girl told police she broke free from a man who grabbed her and tried to pull her into his vehicle Friday night.
HARRISBURG, Pa. | The NCAA said Thursday it has no immediate plans to spend the $12 million already paid to it as part of the sanctions against Penn State over its handling of child sex abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Attorney General Linda Kelly announces new criminal charges related to an ongoing child sex crimes investigation against former Penn State President Graham Spanier and added charges against two former underlings, Timothy Curley and Gary Schultz during a news conference Thursday at the state …
HARRISBURG, Pa. | The "conspiracy of silence" that protected Jerry Sandusky extended all the way to the top at Penn State, prosecutors said Thursday as they charged former university President Graham Spanier with hushing up child sexual abuse allegations against the former assistant football coach.
BELLEFONTE, Pa. | Jerry Sandusky and at least some of his victims plan to address the judge at his sentencing, a proceeding that may last less than two hours, lawyers said after a closed-door meeting to iron out logistics ahead of the Tuesday hearing.
CHICAGO | A Lansing resident is being held without bond on charges he tried to get a 14-year-old girl to travel into Indiana with him for sex.
LANSING | A 63-year-old man was arrested Thursday in connection with allegations he sexually abused a 12-year-old in a Lansing home, police said.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. | Shortly after Penn State tore down its famed statue of coach Joe Paterno, the NCAA announced Sunday it would impose "corrective and punitive" sanctions against the university in the wake of a devastating report that asserted top university officials buried child sex abus…
FILE - The statue of former Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno stands outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., in this July 13 photo. Police and construction workers have barricaded both sides of street and the sidewalks near the Joe Paterno statue at Penn State Unive…
Joe Paterno's family on Monday vowed their own investigation of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, rejecting the findings of a special investigator who concluded the late football coach and other top Penn State administrators concealed Sandusky's sexual abuse of children in order to shield the scho…
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. | Joe Paterno defended his football program's integrity in a 7-month-old letter released Wednesday, a day ahead of a report that could forever mar his legacy.
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