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UNITED STATES

Charges over ‘virgin’ offer

A Salt Lake City woman has been charged with offering her 13-year-old daughter’s virginity to a man in exchange for US$10,000. The woman was charged on Monday in Utah’s 3rd District Court with two counts of aggravated sex abuse and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. KTVX Channel 4 reports that court documents claim she made the offer after the man asked about oral sex with the girl. Police say the woman and the daughter would model lingerie for the man. The offer was discovered by the woman’s boyfriend, who found multiple text messages discussing the proposal.

UNITED STATES

DNA match reported

Evidence from the clothing of a hotel maid matched DNA samples submitted by former IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who has been charged with sexually assaulting her, newspapers reported on Monday. The test results were consistent with what law enforcement officials have said about the account provided by the woman, the New York Times reported, citing a person briefed in the matter. The Wall Street Journal also reported that tests matched Strauss-Khan’s DNA sample and semen found on the woman’s shirt, citing law enforcement officials. In a letter to IMF staff circulated on Monday, Strauss-Kahn strongly denied charges against him and called the events around his arrest “a personal nightmare.” He apologized for the pain his case had caused the IMF and said he was confident he would be exonerated.

UNITED STATES

Chaplains seek leeway

A group of 21 organizations that provide chaplains to the military is asking the Department of Defense or Congress to guarantee that troops will not be punished if they openly discuss their objections to homosexuality with their chaplains. The joint letter was sent on Monday to the chaplain chiefs of the Navy, Army, and Air Force. The group says service members might not confide in chaplains if there’s no guarantee they won’t be punished for opposing a military policy.

MEXICO

No more ‘free’ passes

Authorities have detained 16 policemen who allegedly took bribes to protect members of a drug gang who carried specially marked cards to avoid detention. Authorities said some of the officers from a town on the outskirts of Mexico City were paid to warn members of a gang known as “The Hand with Eyes” about impending raids. “In some cases, the suspect police acknowledged that the gang, in order not to be detained or taken to jail, would show a card that had an exclusive design and that identified them as members of the drug distribution network,” said Alfredo Castillo, chief prosecutor for Mexico State.

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