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June 2, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
A Hollywood manager who specialized in representing young actors pleaded no contest Friday to two counts of child molestation and was released from county jail that afternoon. Martin Weiss, 47, faced eight felony counts of molesting an aspiring singer and musician he once represented. He entered a no-contest plea to two counts of committing lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Leslie Dunn sentenced Weiss to one year in county jail and five years of probation.
June 10, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Atlanta megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar testified Sunday about allegations that he had beaten and choked his 15-year-old daughter. Except he wasn't in court. "The truth is, she was not choked, she was not punched," Dollar told his congregation from the pulpit at World Changers Church International, according to Reuters . Dollar is one of the most visible preachers in the United States, presiding over a 30,000-member congregation in College Park, Ga., and standing at the center of a constellated worship network of churches in Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere.
June 6, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
A 40-year veteran of Los Angeles County's Department of Parks and Recreation has been arrested on suspicion of preying on children, authorities said. Donald Lee Johnson, 62, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of multiple counts of lewd acts with a child under the age of 15, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The alleged crimes occurred at Ted Watkins Memorial Park in South Los Angeles. Authorities said county employees alerted them.  Johnson is being held on $250,000 bail.
May 31, 2013 | By Garrett Therolf
The death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy has sparked outrage from his family and prompted questions from county officials, as documents showed the boy's mother -- charged with murder in his death -- was previously investigated six times for abuse allegations over the last decade. "The red flags were all over the place. They were ignored. It is just inexplicable to me," said county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky , noting that the Sheriff's Department was also aware of the abuse allegations.
August 29, 2011 | By Jessica Pauline Ogilvie, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Is severe childhood obesity a life-threatening form of abuse that justifies removing a child from his or her parents? Doctors, lawyers and child welfare experts have grappled with this question in recent years, and the debate was renewed this summer by a high-profile commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Dr. David Ludwig, director of the obesity program at Children's Hospital Boston, and Lindsey Murtagh, a research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health, argued that when children are near death due to morbid obesity, state intervention should be considered.
September 6, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- The Senate approved a measure Friday that would make it easier for some child abuse victims to sue private or nonprofit employers for failing to protect them from molesters. The bill, which is opposed by the Catholic Church, squeaked by on a 21-8 vote and now heads to the governor. The bill would allow some child abuse victims more time to file lawsuits against private institutions such as parochial schools, but would not apply to public schools. Some victims for whom the statute of limitations has expired would get a new one-year window during which they could bring a lawsuit.
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