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Lyle Menendez testified Monday that his mother was "very strange" and frequently violent and that she--like his father--sexually abused him. Until he was 13, his mother would wash his body "everywhere," he said. She also would invite him into bed with her and he would touch her "everywhere," he testified. "I took it to be love," Lyle Menendez said, adding, "She was enjoying it." But he was not enjoying it, he said, so he stopped the activities, which enraged her.
March 11, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A former junior-varsity volleyball coach at an East L.A. high school pleaded no contest Tuesday to molesting two 15-year-old girls and agreed to serve three years in prison and register as a sex offender for life. Jonathan Adam Roldan, 23, pleaded no contest to one felony count of unlawful sexual intercourse with one victim and one misdemeanor count of child molestation involving the second victim, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Reinhold Mueller. Roldan is scheduled to be sentenced June 9. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maral Injejikian also issued a protective order barring Roldan from having any contact with the two victims for a decade.
Kitty Menendez, who over the years was needy, pathetic, athletic, disorganized, suspicious and spacey, "all kinds of contradictory things," simply seemed strange three weeks before her sons killed her, a former neighbor testified Monday. Called by the defense as Lyle and Erik Menendez's murder trial resumed after a four-day recess, Alicia Hercz said Kitty Menendez "kept staring" into space when they met Aug. 1, 1989, at the Menendez home in Beverly Hills.
February 3, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Director Woody Allen issued a statement Sunday disputing Dylan Farrow's allegations of child molestation. His response came a day after the New York Times published an online open letter by Farrow, renewing allegations that the Oscar-winning director had molested her when she was 7, five years after she was adopted by Allen and actress Mia Farrow. Dylan Farrow claims the incident happened at the family's Connecticut home in 1992, toward the end of Allen's tumultuous 12-year relationship with Mia Farrow.
November 28, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
Texas police issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for millionaire artist Stanley Marsh 3, who stands accused of nearly a dozen counts of child molestation. Matt Powell, director of the Lubbock County district attorney's office, told the Associated Press that Marsh, 74, was charged with six counts of child sexual assault and five counts of sexual performance by a child involving two victims. Marsh lives in Amarillo, Texas, where he is best known for his Cadillac ranch, an artistic display of 10 brightly painted Cadillacs buried nose-down along a Panhandle highway, the AP reported.
June 6, 2013 | From KTLA
A Camarillo High School associate principal is expected to appear in court Thursday on sex-crime charges, police said.  David Gallegos, 41, of Camarillo, was arrested Wednesday and was being held with bail set at $30,000, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. He was charged with four misdemeanor counts of child molestation and one misdemeanor count of sexual battery. A female staff member and a female student told police that Gallegos touched them inappropriately in separate incidents while on the school campus.
February 5, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
City prosecutors Monday charged a Tarzana-area middle school teacher with more than half a dozen counts of misdemeanor child molestation in connection with the alleged sexual battery of three girls, authorities said. Jason Leon, 32, who taught at Portola Middle School, is being held at Van Nuys Jail in lieu of $35,000 bail. He faces four counts of child molestation and three counts of battery. If convicted on all charges, Leon could face a maximum sentence of up to 51/2 years and $26,000 in fines, the Los Angeles city attorney's office said.
March 19, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A suspected serial child molester surrendered Thursday shortly after police announced a $1-million warrant for his arrest. Mark Richard Ehlers, 39, walked into the Burbank Police Department after a news conference announcing the warrant, said Police Lt. David Gabriel. He said Ehlers was suspected of molesting an 11-year-old boy and that a search of the suspect's house turned up possible evidence of other victims. Police said Ehlers had a history of similar crimes in other states.
September 12, 1985
A 60-year-old Northridge man was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison for sexually molesting his granddaughter three times during 1978 and 1979. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Richard A. Adler set bail for Henry T. Wight at $100,000 pending his appeal of the Aug. 14 jury conviction.
December 23, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A Los Angeles County grand jury has indicted a former El Segundo teacher on suspicion of molesting 13 boys in three counties. Jeffrey Thomas Simonek , 28, faces 20 counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14 years old, according to authorities. Simonek was arrested Nov. 26 and remains in county jail in lieu of $20 million bail. According to the indictment, unsealed Dec. 12, the alleged crimes occurred between April 2006 and June 2012, with most victims molested multiple times over spans of a few days to several months.  At least 15 of the felony counts were committed in Los Angeles County, three in Plumas County and two in Orange County, according to the indictment.
December 17, 2013 | By Kate Mather
An East L.A. high school volleyball coach accused of having sex with one 15-year-old student and "inappropriately" touching another was charged Tuesday with multiple sex-related counts, prosecutors said. Jonathan Roldan, 23, was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon on nine felony counts related to his first alleged victim, prosecutors said -- three counts each of unlawful sexual penetration, oral copulation of a person under the age of 16 and sexual penetration by a foreign object.
December 3, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A convicted child molester facing a life sentence in prison was found dead in Carlsbad, officials said Tuesday. Suicide was suspected. Joseph Vincent McCarron, 58, was free on $500,000 bail during his jury trial. But when he did not appear in court to hear the Nov. 14 verdict, detectives from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department began looking for him. McCarron was convicted of 11 felony counts, with each count involving more than one victim. He was facing a sentence of 165 years in prison, officials said.
October 28, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Penn State said Monday it is paying $59.7 million to 26 young men over claims of child sexual abuse at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky , a man once revered at the university who is now serving what is effectively a life prison sentence. Nearly two years after the retired coach was first charged with child molestation, the school said 23 deals were fully signed and three were agreements in principle. It did not disclose the names of the recipients. The school faces six other claims, and the university says it believes some of those do not have merit while others may produce settlements.
August 21, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A twice-convicted Orange County child molester will be re-committed to a state mental hospital after a jury unanimously found Wednesday that he remains a threat to children and the community. Carlos Dominguez, 65, was convicted of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old female relative in 1979 and a 10-year-old daughter of a family friend in 1986 while on trips to Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland. It's the second time the Orange County District Attorney's Office filed a petition to have Dominguez committed as a sexually violent predator under a state law. A jury agreed with prosecutors, finding he would likely reoffend if released.
August 16, 2013 | Jeff Gottlieb and Kate Mather
After 3 1/2 months of sometimes tedious testimony from medical experts and accountants, the Michael Jackson wrongful-death trial took a deeply personal turn this week as the singer's ex-wife provided emotional testimony about his life and struggles. Debbie Rowe elicited several laughs from the jurors, telling an attorney to "relax," and broke into tears on occasion. She said the King of Pop suffered chronic pain and thought of himself as "Elephant Man" because of a skin condition.
August 15, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Kate Mather
After 3 1/2 months of sometimes tedious testimony from medical experts and accountants, the  Michael Jackson wrongful-death trial took a deeply personal turn this week as the singer's ex-wife provided emotional testimony about his eccentric life and struggles. Debbie Rowe elicited several laughs from the jurors, telling an attorney to “relax,” and broke into tears on occasion. She said the King of Pop suffered chronic pain and thought of himself as “Elephant Man” because of a skin condition.
June 19, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Survivors of child molestation would have more time to file lawsuits against institutions that employed their abusers under a proposal making its way through the California Legislature. Currently, most victims can file lawsuits against religious or civic institutions that employed their abusers until they turn age 26. But a court ruling prevented such suits by people who turned 26 before 2003 and discovered between 2005 and 2011 that the molestation caused injury or trauma. The legislation by state Sen. James Beall Jr. (D-San Jose)
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