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January 15, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
NEW DELHI -- A 51-year-old Danish tourist who was lost and asking for directions was gang-raped and beaten up at knifepoint near the main railway station in the bustling heart of India's capital, police said Wednesday. It was the latest such incident to be reported in India, where a series of high-profile sexual assaults against Indian women and foreigners alike over the last year have scarred the country's reputation as a tourist destination and confounded authorities' efforts to stop the crimes.
January 13, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Authorities say they were able to use DNA evidence to track down a man who they say brutally beat and raped a 29-year-old woman in her apartment in 2012. The woman, who has not been identified, woke up at 6 a.m. Oct. 27 in her Rowland Heights apartment as Pablo Reyes Bautista, 26, attacked her, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The break in the case came when DNA recently entered by the suspect resulted in a match from a national database. Bautista was arrested "after an extensive manhunt" in Atwater Village, the department said.
January 9, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
No rape charges will be filed against a former high school football player accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old Maryville, Mo., girl,  but the man pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment Thursday, a special prosecutor said.  Matthew Barnett, now 19, accepted a plea deal at the Nodaway County courthouse, ending a case that had become an embarrassment to Missouri authorities.   Barnett was accused of raping Maryville teen Daisy Coleman while she was drunk, then leaving her, freezing, on her mother's doorstep in January 2012.
January 8, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Will charges be filed in the Maryville rape case? A special prosecutor in Missouri was expected to meet with a judge on Thursday to discuss her investigation into an incident that drew national attention last fall. Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker has been tight-lipped about whether she plans to bring charges. She was  appointed to handle the case in October, after a newspaper story sparked a public uproar over whether a northwest Missouri prosecutor had dropped charges for political reasons.
January 7, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
A Montana judge who triggered public outrage after handing down a 30-day sentence to a former high school teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old student, will not seek reelection at the end of 2014. District Judge G. Todd Baugh, 72, told KTVQ-TV in Billings, Mont., on Monday that he would retire when his fifth six-year term is up at the end of the year, but said it was not related to the rape case. A staff member in his office confirmed to The Times that Baugh would step down.  In August 2013, Baugh sentenced former Billings Senior High School teacher Stacey Dean Rambold to 15 years in prison with all but one month suspended.
January 7, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
It has always been a challenge to know what, exactly, to think of the saga of Mary Kay Letourneau , the schoolteacher from a scandal-plagued Orange County political family who went to prison for sexually abusing the 12-year-old boy who later became her husband. (Just typing that makes me wince.) But of all the things that could land her back in jail, who would have guessed unpaid parking tickets? Monday, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that Letourneau, 51, was arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license, and booked into King County jail.
December 26, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
An Ohio man on Thursday pleaded not guilty to raping and strangling a neighbor's 9-year-old daughter whose body was found in a trash bin at their trailer park. Jerrod Metsker, 24, was the last person to see Reann Murphy, 9, at their trailer park in Smithville, about 30 miles southwest of Akron. Metsker was seen building a snowman with the child on Dec. 14 and reported her missing, authorities said. Metsker joined the search for the child, whose body was found in a trash bin at the trailer park on Dec. 15. Metsker was arrested later that day and has been held in lieu of a $1-million bond on charges of aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape.
December 20, 2013 | Jason Felch
Occidental College has been barraged with bogus allegations of sexual assault in recent days after two groups, one claiming to represent "men's rights," set out to undermine the school's anonymous reporting system, a college spokesman said. Shortly after members of the online communities Reddit and 4Chan began discussing the idea late Monday, Occidental spokesman Jim Tranquada said, the campus was flooded with reports -- some by people who claimed to have been assaulted by "Occidental College," "feminists" or "Fatty McFatFat.
December 15, 2013 | BILL PLASCHKE
On a fine football Saturday night, Jameis Winston proudly took possession of the most prestigious sculpture in American sports, the Heisman Trophy. In the background of all of these accolades, there is a woman who claims he raped her. The victim stated that she was telling the suspect to stop but he didn't. Winston, Florida State's electrifying freshman quarterback, won college football's top award in a New York theater awash in tales of his greatness. Drowned out were the words in a Tallahassee Police Department incident report from Dec. 7, 2012, words and evidence the state attorney judged were not credible enough to take to trial.
December 13, 2013 | By Roger Simmons and Aaron Deslatte
Jameis Winston's sexual assault investigation is not going to be reopened, despite a plea from the accuser's attorney on Friday. Florida Gov. Rick Scott released a statement through a spokeswoman Friday afternoon saying there are no plans to look into the case again. "The state attorney's office and FDLE [Florida Department of Law Enforcement] did a thorough investigation of this case and they concluded that no further action on this matter is required," spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said in an email to the media.
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