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A man has been arrested by officers investigating allegations of serious sexual abuse at care homes in North Wales, police have confirmed.

Businessman spared jail over child porn

An MP's son who joined an online “club” of perverts who shared sickening images of child abuse has been handed a suspended jail term.

Which record was broken by E L James’s Fifty Shades of Grey in June?

Gardener cleared of assault after Fifty Shades of Grey-inspired sadomasochistic sex session

Acquitted Steven Lock says verdict is right and alleged events were 'consensual activity between adults'

How 'The Sun' jumped the gun on Harry – and vindicated his view of newspapers

"We heard this posh voice come over the radio and knew it was Big H"

Oxford child sex gang 'threatened victim with gun'

A 14-year-old girl felt that she had no choice but to have sex with alleged members of a child sex trafficking ring, as well as other men they brought along, because she had been threatened with a gun, a court heard today.

Lena Dunham and Girls is a triumph for real nudity

This is not sexual flesh, designed to titillate. It's matter-of-fact, the kind of shape and size you wouldn't be surprised to see in your mirror

Oxford sex gang exploited young girls, court told

Young girls were sexually exploited by a group of men who subjected them to depravity and perversion, a court heard today.

Editorial: A speech that shames Hollywood

Full marks to Jodie Foster. The actress's "coming-out" speech at the Golden Globes award ceremony may have surprised few ardent Hollywood-watchers. But it was no less brave for all that, and no less touching an insight into the difficulties of so public a life.

Berlusconi is accused of paying for sex with under-aged prostitute Karima El Mahroug

Silvio Berlusconi fails in fresh attempt to block 'Ruby' trial

Former PM requested trial, in which he is accused of having sex with an under-age prostitute, be halted during elections

Man who filmed himself raping a woman at knifepoint on his iPad is jailed

A man who filmed himself raping a woman at knifepoint on his tablet computer was today jailed for six years.

Westminster City Council in sex shops court battle

A local authority is battling against a controversial ruling that stripped it of the right to use licence fee income to curb illegal sex shops in the capital.

A visit to Britain's first state-certified sex coach

Unlike conventional sex therapists - who talk to clients having sexual problems and give them advice on how to overcome them - sex coaching can take place in the bedroom

EU agency backs Pill after France blood clot scare

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has had to reassure women about the safety of the contraceptive pill in response to public alarm that has swept France, where dozens of women are suing manufacturers for potentially fatal blood clots they suffered while taking it.

Abuse at TV Centre continued as late as 2006

Jimmy Savile was abusing children on BBC premises as recently as 2006.

Savile abuse claims 'were not taken seriously enough'

A chance to convict Jimmy Savile for sex offences against three victims when he was alive was missed because police and prosecutors did not take claims seriously enough, a report has found.

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