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October 13, 2009 | Joel Rubin and Andrew Blankstein
A veteran Los Angeles Police Department officer has been charged with possessing pornographic images of children. John Deegan, 54, a patrol officer assigned to the LAPD's Central Division, was charged by a federal grand jury with two counts of possession of child pornography, according to a copy of an indictment filed in U.S. District Court. The indictment also includes two charges of possession of child pornography against Deegan's 25-year-old son, Jonathon. Both turned themselves in to authorities Oct. 5, when they were formally arrested and charged, law enforcement officials said.
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January 29, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
When she was 8 years old, a Pennsylvania girl identified only as Amy was raped repeatedly by an uncle, who compounded the crime by photographing the encounters - some of which involved acts ordered up by consumers of child pornography - and sending the images out over the Internet. More than 70,000 copies have been found on various confiscated computers. The uncle went to prison in 1998 and was ordered to pay $6,325 in restitution to cover Amy's psychological treatment at the time, which helped her heal from the trauma.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Holding that "the law is designed to protect children until they are adults," a federal judge Thursday convicted Van Nuys video distributor Rubin Gottesman of three child pornography charges stemming from the distribution of a trio of films in which teen-age porn queen Traci Lords appeared. U.S. District Judge David Kenyon rejected arguments that the federal child pornography statute is unconstitutional because it permits criminal convictions even in cases involving actresses, like Lords, who have acted in dozens of X-rated films and who persuade producers and distributors throughout the industry that they are older than their years.
NATIONAL
January 22, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - A Pennsylvania girl known in court papers only as Amy was sexually abused by an uncle when she was 8. He went to prison, but not before circulating pictures of the rape on the Internet. Fifteen years after the abuse, law enforcement investigators have found more than 70,000 images of Amy's assault on computers seized around the world. One was a laptop owned by Doyle Paroline, a Texas man who pleaded guilty to downloading child pornography and was sentenced to two years in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1989
Calling the case a "classic glimpse into the shadowy world of pedophilia," Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn filed charges Thursday against a man who allegedly mailed child pornography to an undercover police officer posing as a child molester. Dennis M. Trembly, 41, a professional musician who lives downtown, was charged with a single misdemeanor count of exhibiting to an adult matter depicting a person under age 17 engaging in sexual conduct. Trembly is scheduled to be arraigned July 13. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to a year in County Jail and fined $2,000.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wires
Comcast Corp. said it expected to sign a code of conduct aimed at blocking child pornography on the Internet after receiving a warning letter from New York Atty. Gen. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo told Comcast in a letter that he planned to take legal action within five days and said he was concerned that the company wasn't taking "every necessary action to eliminate child porn from the Internet." Comcast said in a statement that it joined with other cable operators and 48 state attorneys general to sign a separate agreement on child-pornography prevention last week and that it anticipated it would sign Cuomo's code of conduct as well.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2009 | Tony Perry
A former middle school teacher pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to possession of child pornography. Jay Kylee Bain, 37, who taught at La Presa Middle School in Spring Valley, had more than 600 pornographic images of children on his computer, prosecutors said. He was fired after sending a naked picture of himself to a seventh-grade female student. Bain faces five to 10 years in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2008 | Tony Perry
Wade Sanders, a decorated Vietnam veteran and a former deputy assistant secretary of the Navy in the Clinton administration, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to possession of child pornography. Sanders, 67, of San Diego, had more than 600 images of child pornography on his computer, including a 21-minute video showing "pre-pubescent females" having sexual contact with an adult male, the U.S. attorney's office said Sanders, a lawyer, is a retired Navy captain who received the Bronze Star, Silver Star and Purple Heart for service as a swift-boat captain in the Vietnam War. He faces a possible 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine when sentenced March 30. Under a plea bargain, prosecutors have agreed to recommend a prison sentence of five to six years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1989 | NIESON HIMMEL and JOHN H. LEE, Times Staff Writers
A former Roman Catholic priest described by neighbors as a "perfect gentleman" is one of two men being sought in connection with a ring that allegedly made pornographic videotapes of young boys in Mexico and Southern California and distributed them worldwide, Los Angeles police said Tuesday. John Bauer, 52, was said by officers to have preyed on juveniles in Hollywood in recent years and to have owned porn shops in the Pacific Northwest. Bauer, the alleged ringleader, is believed to have fled the country after slipping through police hands several months ago. Also being sought--and also thought to have fled the country--is Victor Feliciano, 29, a Rosemead handyman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1998
Mark Fritz and Solomon Moore write in the article "Child Porn Raids Lead to Suicide" (Oct. 23) that suicide victim [Kenneth] Nighbert's attorney, Rick Berne, believes his client is "facing too harsh a penalty." The article feels slanted. Somehow The Times authors would like us to feel sorry for these poor, pitiful cyber users that commit suicide for being caught with kiddy porn. Somehow this article leads us to think it might be really unfair that their homes can be taken from them as part of the punishment.
NEWS
December 11, 2013 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - A senior aide to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possessing and distributing child pornography. Law enforcement officials took Ryan Loskarn, chief of staff in Alexander's Washington office, into custody after seizing evidence in his home. Loskarn was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday. Alexander said he was "stunned, surprised and disappointed. " "I was just informed by United States Senate legal counsel's office that law enforcement agents are conducting a search of the personal residence of Ryan Loskarn, the chief of staff of my Washington, D.C., office regarding allegations involving child pornography," Alexander said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego teacher pleaded guilty Thursday to five counts of possessing child pornography, which could bring a prison sentence between 35 years and life. Timothy James Hensley, 39, a science teacher at Bell Middle School, pleaded guilty to receiving images of a 10-year-old girl and other minors "in sexually explicit conduct. " No evidence suggests the images were those of his students, according to court documents. Hensley is set to be sentenced Aug. 12 in San Diego federal court.
NATIONAL
December 13, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
A former Eagle Scout who became a Boy Scout leader faces child pornography charges on Long Island, N.Y., officials said. Edward Orenchuk III of Garden City, has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies for possessing images of child pornography and making those images available to others via the Internet, Nassau County Dist. Atty. Kathleen Rice announced . Orenchuk was arrested and arraigned Wednesday, officials said. He is being held on $400,000 bond or $100,000 cash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A nine-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department has been arrested on suspicion of felony possession of child pornography after reportedly meeting a teenager while on patrol and soliciting explicit photographs of the youth through electronic messages, police said. Noe Yanez, 40, was taken into custody Thursday evening by Long Beach police after an investigation that began earlier this month. The alleged victim had told a school resources officer about the messages and authorities were alerted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
The FBI arrested a San Bernardino middle school teacher Tuesday on suspicion of child pornography for allegedly exchanging sexually explicit photographs with a 13-year-old girl in New Jersey. Eugene Ballantyne, 29, was taken into custody at his Running Springs home early Tuesday morning. Ballantyne told investigators that he also received sexually explicit pictures from a 15-year-old girl two years earlier and traveled 180 miles to have sex with a 17-year-old girl in July, according to a FBI affidavit filed in federal court.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
In his private journal, Jason Michael Handy once described himself as a "pedophile, full blown. " Handy snapped more than 1,000 photos of girls at the elementary school across the street from his house, using a camera with a telephoto lens, according to court documents. He volunteered at a Malibu church, where he worked with 6-year-olds. And his job as a production assistant at one of the nation's most prominent producers of children's television programs, Nickelodeon, gave him access to child actors on and off the set, and allowed him to exchange email addresses and phone numbers with them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1998 | TOM BECKER
A 44-year-old Sun Valley man was arrested Friday for allegedly downloading child pornography via the Internet. David Luera, who is currently in custody in lieu of $30,000 bail at the LAPD's Sexually Exploited Child Unit, could face up to six years in prison if convicted. It is the second time Luera has been arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography videos and still photographs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2011 | By Mona Shadia, Los Angeles Times
A pastor and youth soccer coach has pleaded not guilty to charges that he molested an 8-year-old Huntington Beach girl and possessed child pornography. Christopher Raymond Olague, 39, of Westminster was arrested by Huntington Beach police in October after the mother of the girl reported the alleged molestation. Olague allegedly picked up the girl Oct. 5 for a play date at a park with one of his daughters. Instead, he took her to the parking lot of a grocery store and molested her, Huntington Beach Police Lt. Russell Reinhart said.
NATIONAL
August 3, 2011 | By Andrew Seidman, Washington Bureau
The Justice Department has charged 72 suspected members of an online child pornography ring that encouraged its members to engage in sexual acts with children 12 and under and submit gruesome, violent material to build a massive private database of images and videos on the Internet. The crackdown is the result of a joint effort by the departments of Justice and Homeland Security launched in December 2009 to target about 500 people in 13 countries on five continents for their suspected participation in "Dreamboard," a members-only online bulletin board that was created to encourage the sharing of graphic images and videos.
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