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November 22, 1992 | GARRY ABRAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Yes, the young girl has been raped, probably more than once, Dr. Astrid Heger tells the police officer who has brought the 7-year-old to the Sexual Child Abuse and Neglect program at County-USC Hospital. "I'm startled by her exam," says Heger, who has conducted about 5,000 evaluations during her eight years as program director. The child's genital area was bleeding, her vagina had been penetrated.
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November 22, 1992 | GARRY ABRAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Yes, the young girl has been raped, probably more than once, Dr. Astrid Heger tells the police officer who has brought the 7-year-old to the Sexual Child Abuse and Neglect program at County-USC Hospital. "I'm startled by her exam," says Heger, who has conducted about 5,000 evaluations during her eight years as program director. The child's genital area was bleeding, her vagina had been penetrated.
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May 30, 1986 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
Claiming that their lives have been ruined by wrongful prosecution, three former defendants in the McMartin Pre-School molestation case filed multimillion-dollar lawsuits Thursday against Los Angeles County, the City of Manhattan Beach, a child abuse diagnostic center and a television reporter, among others. School founder Virginia McMartin, 78, and her granddaughter, Peggy Ann Buckey, 30, are seeking at least $10 million each, according to civil documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
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May 30, 1986 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
Claiming that their lives have been ruined by wrongful prosecution, three former defendants in the McMartin Pre-School molestation case filed multimillion-dollar lawsuits Thursday against Los Angeles County, the City of Manhattan Beach, a child abuse diagnostic center and a television reporter, among others. School founder Virginia McMartin, 78, and her granddaughter, Peggy Ann Buckey, 30, are seeking at least $10 million each, according to civil documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
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January 8, 1988
Dr. Astrid Heger, the physician who examined all 13 of the children scheduled to testify in the McMartin Pre-School molestation trial of two former teachers at the Manhattan Beach nursery school, took the witness stand Thursday despite defense objections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1997
After reading the story about Dr. Astrid Heger's work in the county-USC Violence Intervention Program (Voices, June 7) I have to ask our Los Angeles County supervisors this question: With your bloated salaries and perks, what can you and your overgrown staffs possibly be doing that justifies endangering the budgetary needs of the County-USC Violence Intervention Program? Why should the director of this program have to spend so much of her time raising money and why should such a burgeoning program have to get by with a staff recruited five years ago to handle a caseload one-fifth of their present burden?
NEWS
November 29, 1992
Congratulations to Garry Abrams on his article on Dr. Astrid Heger and her child abuse program at L.A. County-USC Medical Center ("I Love the Kids," Nov. 22). He skillfully related how painful and important this work is, and helped the public understand that there are true champions out there dedicated to making this world a better place for child victims and families. I do want to clarify a brief, yet significant, reference in the article to the skepticism of the mid-'80s. The statement refers to "widespread false reports of child abuse several years ago."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2004 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
Attempting to patch holes the defense may have punched in their case, prosecutors in an Orange County rape trial called a neurologist Tuesday to testify that the alleged victim was clearly unconscious. "She looks like a rag doll," Dr. Peter Fotinakes said while watching in court a videotape that the prosecution says shows the three defendants raping a 16-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her with various objects.
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May 23, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A pediatrician who examined the three child witnesses in the retrial of McMartin Pre-School defendant Ray Buckey testified this week that she found physical evidence of "blunt force penetrating trauma" consistent with sexual abuse in all three. During two days on the witness stand, Dr. Astrid Heger testified that she found vaginal scarring in the three girls and anal scarring in two of them.
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February 6, 1997 | MARK EHRMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Scene: There was an unusual bit of mixing at Mann's National Theater on Tuesday night for the premiere of Castle Rock Entertainment's "Absolute Power." The movie combines comedy and suspense in a murder yarn directed by and starring Clint Eastwood (who also took a producer's credit). Also featured are Gene Hackman, Judy Davis, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Dennis Haysbert, E.G. Marshall and Melora Hardin. After the screening, the crowd commuted to Beverly Hills for a fete at Chasen's.
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January 4, 1985 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, Times Staff Writer
A state Court of Appeal ruling in a Panorama City case has upheld the use of a device that is less intrusive and more accurate in gathering physical evidence of sexual abuse in children than the most common emergency-room methods. The gynecological device, called a colposcope, was invented to examine women internally for cervical cancer. It can also take magnified external photographs, which its supporters say give reliable evidence of molestation.
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August 15, 1989 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
The only physician called by the defense in the McMartin Pre-School molestation trial testified after reviewing records on 11 alleged victims that medical evidence indicates two have been molested but is inconclusive or inconsistent for the other nine. "I can't tell either way," Dr. David M. Paul of London testified at one point during 2 1/2 days of direct examination by defense counsel that ended Monday.
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