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February 12, 1992
A Rancho Palos Verdes man who police said preyed upon runaway boys in Van Nuys pleaded guilty Tuesday to 40 counts of child molestation and 32 counts of giving drugs to minors. Russell A. Kraus, 27, lured the youths to a Van Nuys apartment that he maintained for a time last year by offering them video games and drugs, Deputy Dist. Atty. Carol Fisch said. By the time police had completed their investigation, Kraus had returned to his parents' home in Rancho Palos Verdes, police said.
November 21, 1991 | Associated Press
A 46-year-old man charged in San Diego County's largest child molestation case has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity after being found competent to stand trial. Superior Court Judge Frederic L. Link made his competency ruling this week after reviewing psychiatric evaluations of Richard Ernest Howard, 46, who faces 350 counts of child molestation involving 15 San Diego County girls between the ages of 3 and 12. County prosecutors say this is a record number of charges.
November 6, 1988 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
The FBI announced Saturday that a veteran agent in its New York office, who served as director of a suburban soccer program for youngsters in his spare time, had been arrested on charges of child molestation. A complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn charged Richard M. Taus, a 10-year bureau veteran, with transporting a minor in interstate commerce for the purpose of prostitution, threatening a witness and misusing government property.
Felony child molestation charges were abruptly dismissed Monday in the case of a Laguna Hills lawyer who was accused of using drugs to entice a 15-year-old boy to have sex with him. Despite protests from the boy's mother, Eric P. Lampel, 35, was allowed to plead no contest to a single misdemeanor charge of possession of drugs. He was ordered by Superior Court Judge Myron S.
May 29, 1991 | GARY GORMAN
A Camarillo couple who admitted telling two children to strip and play sex games with them were sentenced to prison Monday for child molestation. Ventura County Superior Court Judge Frederick A. Jones sentenced Bobby Lee Pawlowski, 28, to 10 years in prison on four counts of child molestation. His wife, Paula Pawlowski, 33, was sentenced to eight years on three counts. Both had pleaded guilty April 19.
September 4, 1985
The longest prison term ever imposed on a woman in California was handed down by Kern County Superior Court Judge Gary Friedman, who sentenced Grace Dill, 50, to 405 years after her conviction with six other Bakersfield residents in a child molestation ring. Friedman broke the record he set last Friday when he sentenced Dill's daughter, Marcella Pitts, 29, to 373 years in the same case.
May 3, 2005
Spurred by the killing of a 9-year-old girl, Gov. Jeb Bush signed a law in Tallahassee imposing tougher penalties on child molesters and requiring many of those released from prison to wear satellite tracking devices for the rest of their lives. The measure gives the state one of the nation's toughest laws on sex crimes against children.
February 16, 1995 | ANN W. O'NEILL
A 69-year-old Reseda man, whose back-yard pool made him popular with neighborhood children, was sentenced Wednesday to a year in County Jail for molesting three girls, ages 12 and 13. William (Bud) Brown, who was convicted in December of sexual battery and child molestation, also must serve six months of home detention upon his release and three years probation, Deputy City Atty. George Schell said. Van Nuys Municipal Judge Michael E.
July 24, 1991 | GARY GORMAN
A day after pleading guilty to making terrorist phone calls to Ventura County women, a Los Angeles man was convicted of child molestation. With the new conviction, Steven Imler, 37, faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 6. Investigators said Imler called more than 500 women, mostly in Ventura County, over an 18-month period and threatened to harm their husbands unless they performed various sexual acts.
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