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Former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert arrives for his arraignment at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on June 9, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Hastert was in court to answer charges that he knowingly lied to the FBI and intentionally evaded federal reporting requirements involving bank transactions. Hastert is alleged to have withdrawn more than $1.5 million dollars in several installments from bank accounts to make payments to an "Individual A" to cover-up sexual abuse that reportedly took place when Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School. Since Hastert was charged, other reports of sexual abuse by Hastert have surfaced.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Hastert Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Indictment

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges he paid hush money to conceal wrongdoing before he entered politics, and lied to the FBI when questioned about the money.


Kayla Harrison, an Olympic gold medalist in Judo. (Lisa Fielding/WBBM)

Olympian And Sex-Abuse Survivor Brings Message To Chicago

Kayla Harrison was the first American to win an Olympic Gold Medal in Judo. She’s also a sexual abuse survivor. WBBM Newsradio’s Lisa Fielding reports.


Rev. Michael O'Connell received a warm welcome at St. Alphonsus Church after a sheriff's investigation found insufficient evidence to prosecute him on allegations he molested a boy 20 years ago. (Credit: CBS)

SNAP Hands Out Leaflets On Investigation Into Pastor Outside St. Alphonsus

Priest sex abuse survivors leafleted outside a Catholic church on Chicago’s North Side Sunday to draw attention to an on-going investigation, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


Daniel McCormack (Chicago Police Department)

Former Priest Pleads Not Guilty To New Sex-Abuse Charges

Daniel McCormack pleaded not guilty to three counts of felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse before Judge Angela Munari Petrone.


Daniel McCormack (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Bond Denied For Defrocked Priest Facing New Sex Abuse Charges

Daniel McCormack’s attorney Daniel Coyne said the former priest is currently receiving treatment and said he suffers a “mental disorder” and is a “sexually violent person.”


Matthew Bielecki

Ex-Firefighter To Serve 13 Years For Sex Abuse

A onetime north suburban Antioch firefighter was sentenced to 13 years in prison Friday after he pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of a minor, the Lake County News-Sun is reporting.


Triantafilos "Terry" Tottas. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Tae Kwon Do Instructor Charged With Molesting 8-Year-Old Student

A local elementary school is warning parents after learning a former tae kwon do instructor there was charged with molesting one of his students.


Osman Bahadarakhann / photo from DuPage County State's Attorney's office

Former Youth Ministry Leader Charged With Sexually Abusing Two Girls

A former youth ministry leader at a West Chicago church is accused of having sexual contact with two underage girls.


Former Catholic priest Daniel McCormack pleaded guilty in 2007 to several counts of sexually abusing children, and later was sentenced to 5 years in prison. (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Archdiocese Agrees To Pay More Than $1 Million To Settle Sex Abuse Suit

The Archdiocese of Chicago agreed to pay $1.68 million to $2.1 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged former priest and convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack sexually abused a former fifth grade student at Our Lady of the Westside School, the plaintiff’s attorney announced Wednesday.


Holy Name Cathedral (CBS)

Attorneys Promise Bombshells In Release Of Church Sex-Abuse Documents

Six thousand pages of investigative reports will be made public as part of an agreement between victims’ attorneys and the Chicago Archdiocese. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.


Cardinal Francis George joins several African-American religious leaders to voice opposition to proposed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. (Credit: CBS)

Cardinal George Letter On Sex Abuse Cases To Appear In Sunday Church Bulletins

A letter from Francis Cardinal George on sex abuse cases by Chicago area priests will appear in church bulletins throughout the Archdiocese on Sunday.


Gregory Pyle. (Credit: McHenry County Sheriff)

McHenry County Sergeant Pleads Guilty To Abusing Child

A 10-year veteran of the McHenry County Sheriff’s office pleaded guilty Friday to bringing a child to Wisconsin, sexually abusing the child and then distributing the images on the Internet.


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Lakeview Priest Steps Aside Amid Sex Abuse Allegations

The pastor of a Roman Catholic church in the Lakeview neighborhood agreed to step aside from day-to-day responsibilities amid an allegation he had sexual contact with a child nearly 20 years ago while working at an Orland Park parish.


Alexa Rubin (Kane County Sheriff's Dept.)

Prosecutors: Youth Center Worker Had Sex With Detainee

A west suburban woman had three sexual encounters with a male juvenile who was in custody at the Illinois Youth Center where she worked as a contractor, the Beacon-News is reporting.


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Cook County Officer Held On Sex Charge

A Cook County corrections officer is being held on $50,000 bail this morning.


Boy Scouts (AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER)

Lawsuit Targets Boy Scouts For Failing To Stop Sex Abuse

Fifteen men who say they were molested as children by a Boy Scout leader in the southwest suburbs, filed a lawsuit in Chicago today against the Scouts.


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Internal Probe Finds Suburban Cop Lied About Sex Abuse Case

An internal police inquiry into Justice police officer Carmen Scardine, accused in a federal lawsuit of forcing a woman to perform oral sex in his squad car, found that he broke department policy, abused his police powers, lied about the incident and may have violated the law, according to documents.


Donald McGuire

Attorney: Settlement In Jesuit Priest Sex Abuse Case Proves Coverup

The lawyer for six men who accused a prominent Jesuit priest of sexually abusing them as children, said the approximately $3 million settlement for each victim is a small measure of justice in the case.

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Stanley A. Reinke, 66, of 559 E. 12th St. in Lockport was arrested March 21 on four counts of child pornography after authorities say they discovered the porn on his computer.

New Child Sex Abuse Charges Against Accused Pornographer

Videos discovered while police searched the home of a southwest suburban man accused of having child porn led to additional charges of sexual abuse and assault of a child, the Joliet Herald-News is reporting.


A cross is held aloft. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Priest Abuse Victims Call For Meeting With New Pope

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is writing Pope Francis asking for a meeting to discuss how to stop and prevent current and future child sex crimes and cover ups.