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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge has tossed out a libel lawsuit filed by Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax against a TV network he accused of slanted reporting on sexual assault allegations against him.

U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga in Alexandria dismissed the case against CBS on Tuesday. Fairfax sued CBS seeking $400 million in September, after the network aired exclusive interviews with two women who accused him of sexual assault more than 15 years ago.

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DAMASCUS, Md. (AP) — The parents of three Maryland high school students who were sexually assaulted by their football teammates in a hazing ritual have sued county school officials, saying officials ignored warnings about the attack. 

The suit filed Thursday in Montgomery County accuses Damascus High School officials of neglect, ignoring threats and mishandling the assaults because of the school's successful football program.


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax made an appearance at a northern Virginia courtroom in an effort to clear his name from sexual assault allegations.

Fairfax is suing CBS for libel in federal court in Alexandria after it aired interviews with the two women who have accused him.

CBS lawyers asked a judge at Friday's hearing to dismiss the lawsuit. CBS' lawyers say they reported the allegations fairly and allowed Fairfax to respond.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A new national hotline to report sexual misconduct accusations against Catholic bishops in the U.S. could be operating by the end of February. That's three months ahead of the deadline set by Pope Francis.

That forecast came Wednesday from the general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as the organization concluded a three-day national assembly.

The hotline will be operated by a private company. It was approved by the bishops in June in response to a new wave of damaging developments in the church's clergy sex abuse crisis.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for a former University of Delaware baseball player who is accused of a string of sexual assaults and was convicted in the first case brought to trial are seeking to delay his sentencing.

A judge scheduled a teleconference Wednesday with prosecutors and attorneys for 23-year-old Clay Conaway.

Conaway faces sentencing on Nov. 22 after being convicted last month of fourth-degree rape. The crime carries a maximum 15-year sentence but no mandatory prison time.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman has been charged with breaking into the dorm rooms of female midshipmen and sexually assaulting them or attempting to while they slept.

Documents released by the academy charge Midshipman Nixon Keago with sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, burglary and obstruction of justice.

The charges in military court relate to four different incidents, including three last year in February, September and October, as well as May of this year.

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HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) - Court documents say an early childhood education aide in Delaware already charged with sexually assaulting two girls has been accused in two more cases.

The News Journal reports the new allegations against 28-year-old Head Start aide Timothy K. McCrary are contained in an indictment handed down by a Kent County grand jury earlier this month.

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Clay Conaway’s defense attorney wants a delay for the sentencing on his rape conviction until after his second trial on similar charges because it could impact the jury pool.

The Wilmington News Journal reports sentencing for the former University of Delaware baseball player is set for November 22nd.

Conaway is facing up to 15 years in prison.

But his attorney argued that given a lack of criminal conviction and other “mitigating factors” he would receive a senate much closer to the minimum.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A Nov. 22 sentencing date has been set for an ex-University of Delaware baseball player who is accused of a string of sexual assaults and was convicted in the first case brought to jurors.

Twenty-three-year-old Clay Conaway was convicted last week of fourth-degree rape. A Sussex County jury refused to convict him on more serious charges of first-degree or second-degree rape. Fourth-degree rape carries a maximum 15-year sentence but no mandatory prison time.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Defense attorneys have rested their case in the rape trial of a former University of Delaware baseball player accused of multiple sexual assaults.

After testimony by a police detective Wednesday morning, the judge planned to rule Wednesday afternoon on a defense request for a judgment of acquittal for 23-year-old Clay Conaway.

Jury deliberations are to begin after closing arguments Thursday afternoon.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A woman who says she was raped by an ex-University of Delaware baseball player accused of multiple sexual assaults says she told him several times to stop touching her and that she did not want to have sex.

The 21-year-old woman finished testifying Friday in the first-degree rape trial of 23-year-old Clay Conaway.

She is among six women whom Conaway is accused of sexually assaulting between 2013 and 2018.

The woman told a detective hours after the June 2018 incident that she repeatedly told Conaway to stop what he was doing.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican lawmakers in Virginia are renewing their push to hold a bipartisan hearing into sexual assault allegations two women have made against the state's Democratic lieutenant governor.

House Courts of Justice Committee Chairman Del. Rob Bell pressed Democrats on Thursday to hold a hearing on Oct. 16. That's just a few weeks before legislative elections.

Two women earlier this year publicly accused Fairfax of sexual assault and said they want to testify before the legislature, but only if both political parties participate.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A woman who says she was sexually assaulted by a former University of Delaware baseball player accused of multiple rapes says she was surprised that he agreed to connect with her on an online dating site.

The 21-year-old testified Tuesday that she thought 23-year-old Clay Conaway seemed somewhat out of her league, and that she couldn't imagine that he would want to get to know her.

She also testified that the day after the two connected on the meeting site Bumble, Conaway sent her a nude photo of himself on Snapchat.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Defense attorneys for a former Delaware college athlete accused of rape say the alleged victim was enthralled after connecting with him on an online dating site and drove to his house intending to have sex with him.

But prosecutors told jurors in opening statements Monday that the victim did not want to have sex with former University of Delaware baseball player Clay Conaway and that she contacted friends after the June 2018 encounter, crying hysterically.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorneys for one of the women accusing Virginia's lieutenant governor of sexual assault say Justin Fairfax's defamation lawsuit against CBS over an interview she gave is a "ploy" to preserve his political career.

The attorneys for Vanessa Tyson say the college professor stands by statements she made during the CBS interview earlier this year.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says consumers should be wary about a newly launched product marketed as a way for victims to self-administer a sex assault evidence kit.

Herring's office said in a news release Tuesday that evidence from that type of kit could be ruled inadmissible in a criminal proceeding because of chain of custody issues.

The news release also says the products could delay or prevent survivors from connecting with health care resources and sources of support.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Jury selection in the first trial of a former college baseball player accused of sexually assaulting six women hit a snag after a potential juror talked about the case with others.

Selection of a jury in the trial of Clay Conaway was scheduled to begin Tuesday, but the judge dismissed scores of people in the jury pool after attorneys learned that one of them spoke with other potential jurors.

The jury selection process was to resume Wednesday morning with a new slate of potential jurors. Opening statements are scheduled for Monday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The new superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy says infrastructure and preventing sexual assault are two of the top challenges facing the institution.

The Capital reports that Vice Adm. Sean Buck says infrastructure must improve to meet modern technological demands and rising tides on the Severn River.

He also says the prevention and elimination of sexual assault and harassment remain at the forefront of his mind. In the 2017-2018 school year, there were 32 reports of sexual assault, the highest number in more than a decade.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An attorney for Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax says there's a witness who can corroborate his story that he did not rape a woman while they were students at Duke University nearly 20 years ago.

Fairfax lawyer Barry Pollack sent a letter Tuesday to Durham County District Attorney Satana Deberry saying the unnamed witness "has stated unequivocally" that the allegations made against Fairfax are false.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax have sent letters to prosecutors in three states asking them to open a criminal investigation into sexual assault allegations against him.

In copies of the letter obtained Wednesday by news outlets, Fairfax's lawyers asked district attorney's offices in Virginia, Massachusetts and North Carolina to investigate "public and serious criminal" allegations made against Fairfax. He has denied the allegations and says any investigations will find no wrongdoing.

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A 22 year-old pre-med student has been sentenced to six month of home confinement, 24 months of probation and one thousand hours of community service after admitting sexually assaulting a University of Delaware student.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Mahesh Gouru could have faced up to 15 years in prison.

The paper reports that Allison, which is pseudonym, said she wanted at least three years.

Prosecutors had recommended six months.

A lone University of Delaware sophomore stood in silent protest on the campus this week.

Her names was Alyvia Pauzer who says she feels dismissed after reporting a sexual assault earlier this year.

She says she organized the demonstration to express a common feeling among those who reported such assaults.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is blasting his own political party for not letting him sponsor a table at major fundraising event.

The Democratic Party of Virginia recently rejected Fairfax's bid to donate $2,500 to pay for a table at the party's annual Blue Commonwealth dinner.

DPV spokesman Jake Rubenstein said the party does not feel "comfortable" accepting money from Fairfax after two women came forward accusing him of sexual assault.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has withdrawn from plans to be a commencement speaker at his alma mater, Virginia Military Institute, and won't participate in any other graduation ceremonies amid the persisting scandal over a blackface photo.

News outlets report the Democrat is abstaining from graduations throughout Virginia this season. Northam's spokeswoman Ofirah Yheskel said Monday that he deiced weeks ago to skip ceremonies over concern he would divert focus from graduates.

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DAMASCUS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland school system will hire an outside firm to investigate its procedures and reporting practices following the filing of rape charges that involve high school football players.

The Washington Post reported Monday that Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith announced the move in a letter to parents.

Four teens are being prosecuted as juveniles on charges of rape and attempted rape. Authorities said a young man was sexually assaulted by his teammates with a broomstick at Damascus High School last fall.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax says he's asked prosecutors in Boston and North Carolina to investigate sexual assault allegations two women have made against him.

Speaking at a Wednesday news conference, Fairfax again said the allegations are untrue and the sexual encounters he had with the women were consensual.

Fairfax says he'll cooperate fully with prosecutors in Boston and Durham, North Carolina, where the women say the assaults took place.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - House Republicans say they tried and failed to broker a deal with Democrats that would allow for a bipartisan public hearing in which two women who accuse Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault could testify under oath.

Republican Speaker Kirk Cox issued a statement Tuesday blaming Democrats for refusing to participate and blocking a bipartisan hearing.


DAMASCUS, Md. (AP) - Officials at a Maryland high school waited hours to tell police that a football player had been credibly accused of raping a teammate with a broomstick, despite an agreement with police requiring the immediate reporting of sexual assaults.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The first of two women to accuse Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault says she still wants him to resign.

CBS News released excerpts Sunday of its interview with Vanessa Tyson, who says Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex in 2004. The full interview will air Monday.

Fairfax says the encounter was consensual.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore County officials say they will again review how police conduct sexual assault investigations after continued complaints about how authorities handle the cases.

The Baltimore Sun reports county officials face criticism on sexual assault investigations from several fronts. County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. says he's charged a task force with examining police and prosecution policies and training. The goal is to make investigators more accountable and ensure that police consider the trauma that victims have experienced.