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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A former high school teacher and wrestling coach who is facing child sex abuse charges has agreed to enter a guilty plea in Delaware.

A Kent County judge scheduled a plea hearing Friday for Richard "Dickie" Howell II.

Howell was arrested in January 2015 after a female student at Caesar Rodney High School reported that he had sex with her over several months in 2014 that included encounters at school and his home.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A state lawsuit against elders of a Jehovah's Witnesses congregation has prompted a judge to question the constitutionality of a Delaware law mandating the reporting of suspected child abuse.

The attorney general's office is suing elders of the Sussex County congregation for not reporting an unlawful sexual relationship between a woman and a 14-year-old boy, both of whom were congregation members.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A Salisbury middle school teacher has been arrested following accusations she sexually abused a student.

The Salisbury Daily Times reported Tuesday authorities arrested 32-year-old Kelly Michelle Riddle on May 18 and charged her with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

Authorities say Riddle was an eighth-grade teacher science at Bennett Middle School.

According to online Maryland court records, the two counts of alleged sexual abuse occurred between June 1, 2014, and May 11, 2015.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for a young woman who claims in a lawsuit that she was sexually abused by former Sussex County councilman Vance Phillips are asking a judge to find Phillips liable because he has not explicitly denied the allegations.

Citing his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination, Phillips has refused to address the allegations by the 21-year-old woman, who was once his political protege.

Her attorneys argued Monday that the judge should rule in her favor regarding liability because Phillips has not disputed the allegations.

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The attorney for Eric Bodenweiser field a motion yesterday for an immediate court hearing on whether his accuser in his molestation case was coached.

The former Delaware state Senate Candidate has been accused of sexual abuse in the late 1980’s when the alleged victim was between 10 and 12 years old.

Defense attorney Joe Hurley told the judge that the victim’s appearance and voice seemed to improve which he called suspicious.

On Tuesday the alleged victim appeared angry – even yelling at Hurley.

The following day he was more visibly in control.


Things heated up between the man accusing former state Senate candidate Eric Bodenweiser of sexual abuse and his defense attorney in a Delaware courtroom yesterday.

The alleged victim says he was molested as a young boy during the 1980’s.

As defense attorney Joe Hurley sparred with him over – what Hurley said – were five inconsistencies in previous interviews

At one point the alleged victim lashed out saying “I don’t know how you could defend someone like that.”

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A once leading conservative leader in Delaware Eric Bodenweiswer has rejected a plea deal from prosecutors in a case involving charges of sexually abusing a boy.

Superior Court judge E. Scott Bradley has set the trial to begin Tuesday and expects it to last around a week.

The 55-year old Bodenweiser won the Republican primary for state senate in the Georgetown area in 2012.

But he stopped campaigning just before he was indicted.

He was replaced by Brian Pettyjohn who won the election.

Bodenweiser is charged with abusing a boy between 1987 and 1990.

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Du Pont heir Robert Richards IV who raped his daughter failed to complete an intensive program at an inpatient psychiatric clinic in Massachusetts.

It was part of his sentence that allowed him to not to go to prison.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that his attorney said Richards never went to the expensive McLean Hospital near Boston because of inadequate security.

Instead, Richards stayed in Delaware.

In 2009 the prosecution in the case said it would accept no prison time in such child abuse cases because Richards would get the out of state help.


Scandal has hit the DuPont family again.

This time Robert Richards IV, who is on probation after pleading guilty in 2008 to fourth-degree rape of his daughter is facing a lawsuit by his former wife who accuses him of molesting his toddler son.

The lawsuit filed in Superior Court offers up details about a child rape case that did not ge a lot of media attention.

And the Wilmington News Journal reports authorities never disclosed publicly.

Richards is the son of two prominent Delaware families – the DuPonts and the Richards family.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a former pediatrician who is serving life in prison for sexually abusing scores of patients over more than a decade.

The justices on Thursday rejected Earl Bradley's appeal challenging a search warrant that police used to seize homemade videos of Bradley's sexual assaults.

Bradley's attorneys argued that police exceeded the scope of the search warrant when they descended on his medical practice in 2009.