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Sexual Harassment News: Epstein, Detroit Archdiocese

by HB Sexual Harassment Legal Team

07/09/2019

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American financier Epstein lured underage girls for sex acts

American financier Jeffrey Epstein was charged with sex trafficking on Monday, as prosecutors accused him of luring dozens of girls as young as 14 to his luxury homes in New York and Florida and paying them for sex acts.

An indictment unsealed in federal court in Manhattan said Epstein, 66, “intentionally sought out minors and knew that many of his victims were in fact under the age of 18, including because, in some instances, minor victims expressly told him their age.”

The former hedge fund manager was accused of arranging for girls to perform nude “massages” and other sex acts, and paying some girls to recruit others. read more »

Detroit Archdiocese Suspends Priest, 70, For 'Credible Allegation Of Sexual Abuse Of A Minor'

The Archdiocese of Detroit on Friday suspended a 70-year-old priest due to a "credible allegation" of sexual abuse of a minor pending a Church process, a press release said:

The Archdiocese of Detroit reported the allegation – from the earlier years of Father Perrone’s ministry – to Macomb County law enforcement and its findings were provided to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.

The Archdiocese of Detroit recently was informed by the Attorney General’s Office that it could proceed with its canonical (Church law) review. The Archdiocesan Review Board subsequently deemed the complaint to be credible, meaning it has a “semblance of truth.” read more »