Brian Melley

Brian Melley is an author at Religion News Service.

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Mistrial after jury deadlock in Danny Masterson rape case

By Brian Melley and Andrew Dalton — December 1, 2022
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge declared a mistrial after jurors, who were leaning strongly toward acquitting the “That ’70s Show” actor, deadlocked following the monthlong trial in which the Church of Scientology played a supporting role.

Mexican megachurch leader gets more than 16 years for abuse

By Brian Melley — June 8, 2022
(AP) — LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader of La Luz del Mundo church has been sentenced to 16 years and eight months in a California prison for sexually abusing three girls.

Kin of dead sex abuse victim sue under new California law

By Brian Melley — January 12, 2022
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After decades of dealing with the boyhood trauma of being molested by a priest, Jim Bartko sued the Roman Catholic church two years ago. But the lawsuit was dismissed when he died four days after speaking publicly about it. A new law has now revived his case, allowing his estate to […]
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