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October 16, 1986
After they were sued for creating a public nuisance, the owners of a 24-hour adult bookstore in Hollywood agreed Wednesday to hire security guards to discourage customers from using it for lewd purposes. The city attorney and county district attorney filed the civil suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Le Sex Shoppe, 4459 Sunset Blvd. Deputy City Atty.
November 4, 1986
Former state Assemblyman Walter M. Ingalls was arrested in a Riverside park and cited for misdemeanor lewd conduct, police said Monday. Ingalls, 42, was cited after he allegedly began masturbating as he talked with two plainclothes officers, Riverside police Lt. Gary Barnes said. Ingalls was a Democratic assemblyman for 10 years until 1982, when he was appointed to the state Transportation Commission, where he served until February, 1985.
September 7, 1991
Los Angeles County prosecutors on Friday filed a misdemeanor lewd conduct charge against the superintendent of the Lancaster-based Eastside Union School District, who was arrested Aug. 28 for allegedly masturbating in a park restroom. Robert W. Wakeling, 51, of Lancaster, the district's top executive since 1988, is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 23 in Antelope Municipal Court. He faces a maximum penalty of six months in County Jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.
January 27, 1990
A Roman Catholic chaplain assigned to the Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho jail in Castaic has been arrested on suspicion of lewd conduct at a downtown Los Angeles park, the Los Angeles Police Department reported Friday. Brother Robert John Williams, 41, of Los Angeles was released on his own recognizance after the arrest Wednesday night in Echo Park and is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 15, Los Angeles Police Cmdr. William Booth said.
January 6, 1988
A Lincoln Heights elementary school teacher pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony charges of lewd conduct with six female pupils. Simon Diaz, 44, a teacher at the Gates Street Elementary School, was being held on a $5,000 bond after being charged in Los Angeles Municipal Court with six counts of lewd conduct in separate incidents from 1985 until November, 1987. Diaz is alleged to have touched the fourth- and fifth-grade girls by rubbing his pelvic area against their buttocks. Deputy Dist. Atty.
June 22, 1990
A veteran Los Angeles police officer was convicted Thursday of burglary and sexual battery for entering a home under the pretense of an investigation and molesting a 14-year-old girl. Stanley Tanabe, 32, a nine-year veteran of the Police Department, hung his head as the jury verdict was read. Tanabe was found guilty of two counts of residential burglary, one count of lewd conduct on a child committed by force and one count of sexual battery.
June 29, 1990
Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn on Thursday filed a lawsuit against a North Hollywood pornography shop where police officers have made 20 arrests since Jan. 1 for lewd conduct and prostitution. Hahn called the Big Apple Bookstore at 10654 Magnolia Blvd. a "magnet for criminal activity."
December 16, 1993 | FRANK MESSINA
A former handyman who worked at a number of horse stables in the Trabuco Canyon area was arrested Monday for allegedly exposing himself and fondling two 12-year-old girls. Ray Rowe, 48, of Trabuco Canyon is charged with two felony counts of lewd conduct and two misdemeanor counts of child annoyance, said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Dan Martini. He is being held in Orange County Jail. Martini said the first child was allegedly molested in Tustin in 1991.
December 25, 1997 | SCOTT STEEPLETON
Sheriff's deputies working undercover have arrested nine men suspected of soliciting or engaging in sex in the public restroom of the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden. The men range in age from 25 to 59 and were arrested during a sting involving plainclothes deputies that began Dec. 1. The botanic garden is at Conejo Community Park, 165 W. Jeaunine Drive. Deputies set up the sting after receiving numerous complaints of men engaging in sex inside the restroom, Sgt. Randy Pentis said.
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