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Crimes Against Children

Gary couple accused of abusing 5 girls

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.

June 06, 2014 8:00 pm

Valpo cops: Man in white van approached another child

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.

June 06, 2014 7:04 pm
Lansing residents mourn 2-year-old's death

Lansing residents mourn 2-year-old's death

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.

March 23, 2014 9:10 pm Photos

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Missing Milwaukee child found safe in Munster

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.

March 13, 2014 12:47 pm
Police release sketch of man accused of sexually assaulting teen

Police release sketch of man accused of sexually assaulting teen

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.

November 08, 2013 12:30 pm
Police: Portage man slammed 3-year-old boy to floor

Police: Portage man slammed 3-year-old boy to floor

PORTAGE | A Portage man was arrested Monday night after "slamming" a 3-year-old boy to the floor, police said.

August 13, 2013 5:50 pm

Report: Illinois child deaths linked to abuse rises

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.

August 08, 2013 11:45 am

Portage man charged in sex with 14-year-old girl

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.

July 24, 2013 11:47 am

Valpo man charge with molesting girl

VALPARAISO | A 60-year-old Valparaiso man is charged with molesting a young girl.

July 24, 2013 11:34 am

Police: Griffith teen broke free from would-be abductor

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.

June 08, 2013 6:30 pm

NCAA says Penn State fine money in special account

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.

January 17, 2013 5:15 pm
Ex-Penn St. president charged in Sandusky case

Ex-Penn St. president charged in Sandusky case

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 …

November 01, 2012 4:00 pm
Ex-Penn St. president charged in Sandusky case

Ex-Penn St. president charged in Sandusky case

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.

November 01, 2012 4:00 pm

Sandusky, victims plan to speak at sentencing

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.

October 08, 2012 7:57 pm
Feds: Lansing man tried to cross state lines to have sex with teen

Feds: Lansing man tried to cross state lines to have sex with teen

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.

August 28, 2012 12:43 pm
Man charged in connection with sexual abuse of 12-year-old in Lansing

Man charged in connection with sexual abuse of 12-year-old in Lansing

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.

August 17, 2012 11:16 am
NCAA to punish Penn State; Paterno statue removed

NCAA to punish Penn State; Paterno statue removed

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…

July 22, 2012 5:15 pm Photos

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Penn State president orders Paterno statue removal

Penn State president orders Paterno statue removal

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…

July 22, 2012 6:47 am

Penn State president vows continued cooperation

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…

July 16, 2012 4:21 pm

Paterno, in letter, defended Penn St. football

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.

July 11, 2012 6:15 pm
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