child sex abuse

McCracken County Sheriff’s Department

A Paducah man was arrested and charged Wednesday with the sexual abuse of a minor. McCracken County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint last month that 48-year-old David Averitt had sexually abused a child under the age of 12. 

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This Saturday’s Kentucky Derby will pump millions of dollars into the Louisville-area economy. But it will also bring an increase in the number of sexually exploited women and children.

Kentucky State Police

A Cadiz man is charged with multiple counts of sex crimes involving minors. 43-year-old Billy Addison was arrested yesterday (Thursday). 

KAG

A former Marshall County high school football coach is pleading guilty to felony sex crimes with a minor.

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Kentucky may soon join a small but growing number of states enacting laws to protect juvenile victims of the sex trade.  House Bill 3 would restrict authorities' ability to charge minors with offenses related to prostitution and require minors suspected to be involved in prostitution receive social services. 

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A new law is requiring all Illinois public schools to have sexual assault and abuse awareness programs. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the requirement Thursday, effective immediately. Age appropriate programs will be instituted for pre-K, elementary, middle and high school students. Erin’s Law is named after Illinois native Erin Merryn who was a victim of sexual abuse as a child and is trying to pass the law in all 50 states.

An Illinois Department of Children and Family Services report shows a 6 percent increase of child sex abuse across the state, but most of the southern counties have a much higher rate. The report compared sex abuse allegations from July 1 to Nov. 30 of this year to the same time period last year. Massac, Hardin, Johnson and Saline counties all had more than twice the state average of reported child sex abuse.