After a former youth pastor pleaded guilty on Wednesday to having sex with a minor at the Calvary Assembly in Walkersville, Md., the church's lead pastor John Kenney said the congregation is working hard to rebuild trust with the roughly 80 teenagers who participate in the youth group.
Shaun Michael Ross, 33, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a girl who attended his youth group from April 2008 through April 2010, and sought to win her over through texts, phone calls and gifts.
According to State Attorney Lindell K. Angel, Ross justified his actions to the victim by saying that, as her youth pastor, he was the "safest person to learn about sex from," reported The Frederick News-Post. more >>
Actor and director Woody Allen denied accusations made by his adopted daughter that he sexually assaulted her at age seven, and called them "disgraceful."
"Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful. He will be responding very soon," Allen's representative shared with The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday.
An open letter was written by Dylan Farrow, whom Allen adopted while in a relationship with actress Mia Farrow in the 1980s. While accusations that Allen abused Dylan made headline news in 1993, the director was never prosecuted and has denied wrongdoing, arguing that Farrow convinced her daughter to believe in a lie. more >>
George Zimmerman is willing to sign up to take part in a celebrity boxing match and he may have some high profile people ready to step up in the ring for a bout with him.
Zimmerman,30, first came into the spotlight as a Florida neighborhood watchman who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin which sparked a great deal of public outcry. After he was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges last year, a number of people have expressed their disdain for him publicly.
Now, celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman says he got Zimmerman to agree to engage in a celebrity boxing match for charity. Although many people have deemed Zimmerman a racist, Feldman says the opponent chosen will have nothing to do with race. more >>
Amanda Knox was found guilty yet again by an Italian court for the death of roommate Meredith Kercher. The former student has been sentenced to 28 years and six months in prison, but Knox has repeatedly said that she will run and hide from authorities and not go back to prison.
"I'm definitely not going back to Italy willingly," Knox told the Guardian. "They'll have to catch me and pull me back kicking and screaming into a prison that I don't deserve to be in. I will fight for my innocence," she said before the verdict was announced.
Former exchange student Amanda Knox and her British ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were both convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher for the second time by an Italian appeals court Thursday night.
Prosecutors said Knox, 26 and Sollecito, 29, killed Kercher in November 2007. Knox who now lives in Seattle, Wash., was sentenced to 28 ½ years in prison while Sollecito was slapped with a 25-year prison sentence, according to CNN.
The couple was first convicted of killing Kercher in 2009 after she was discovered with more than 40 stab wounds and a deep gash in her throat. The charges, however, were overturned in 2011 on appeal. more >>
A petition to The White House, asking President Obama to deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card has found over 106,000 signatures, well over the required 100,000 to merit an official response.
"We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture," the petition states. "We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked."
The petition attacks Bieber as "threatening the safety of our people" and as "a terrible influence on our nations [sic] youth." It concludes succinctly – "We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society." more >>