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February 11, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A middle school teacher accused of molesting 11 children and secretly videotaping female students changing clothes has pleaded not guilty to the charges, prosecutors said. Neal Sato, 34, entered the plea Thursday in San Mateo County Superior Court to 14 counts of child molestation and one count of possessing child pornography.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sacramento County prosecutors have dropped all charges against a state worker who was nearly acquitted of child molestation charges in January. Prosecutors had pledged to retry Guillermo Uresti, 36, for allegedly molesting a 4-year-old girl at a birthday party, but dropped the case when they were barred from using videotaped testimony from the alleged victim. Uresti was beaten by other partygoers before police arrived, and said he also was beaten in jail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1993 | BARBARA MURPHY
A Ventura man whose boasts about being a former Big Brother helped gain the trust of an Ojai single mother and her son was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for molesting the 11-year-old boy. Richard Sykora, 44, was called a predator by Superior Court Judge Allan L. Steele, who rejected a defense request to place the defendant on probation so he could get therapy for his sexual attraction to young boys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1992 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police on Thursday arrested a Costa Mesa man wanted in two counties on suspicion of child molestation. Newport Beach detectives, during a search for a 15-year-old who reportedly ran away from his Newport Beach home, learned that the youth might be with Michael George St. Martin, 35, Sgt. Andy Gonis said. While checking St.
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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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1990 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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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.
NEWS
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.
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