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October 10, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
  A former Riverside County elementary school teacher has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a student and other children, authorities said Thursday. Sean Edwards, 49, was taken into custody Thursday on a felony child molestation warrant, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Edwards, who taught at Granite Hill Elementary School in Jurupa Valley, resigned in August after an allegation surfaced that he had molested a student during the 2013 school year, authorities said in a statement.
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April 23, 2014 | By KTLA
Police released a sketch Wednesday as part of their effort to identify a man suspected of molesting a juvenile in a South Bay park restroom. Manhattan Beach police said the man approached the victim Friday in the men's restroom at Polliwog Park before allegedly forcing him into a bathroom stall, where he fondled the boy's genitals, KTLA reported . The victim described the attacker as a white man in his 40s, with tan skin and mostly gray...
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May 8, 2013 | By Richard Winton
New molestation allegations against Michael Jackson have met with skepticism from the King of Pop's former attorney. Eight years after he testified in the Jackson molestation trial that the pop star never touched him, an Australian choreographer has filed a claim against the singer's estate alleging "childhood sexual abuse. " Attorneys for Wade Robson, who knew Jackson and stayed at the singer's Neverland Ranch as a teenager, has asked a Los Angeles judge to allow him to make a late claim as creditor in Jackson's estate.
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April 8, 2014 | Adolfo Flores
A Fullerton junior high school math teacher was charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting and sending sexual text messages to three students. Melissa Lindgren, 28, who taught at Nicholas Junior High School, faces multiple felony counts on charges of assaulting three boys between the ages of 13 and 15 she met at the school, the Orange County district attorney's office said in a statement. The La Mirada resident is accused of sexually touching and kissing one boy while in a classroom, a second boy on the school campus and a third student in her car. Prosecutors said the crimes occured over a two-year period, ending this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
A Hollywood manager who specialized in representing young actors pleaded no contest today to two counts of child molestation and was released from county jail this afternoon. Martin Weiss, 47, faced eight felony counts of molesting an aspiring singer and musician he once represented. He entered a no-contest plea to two counts of committing lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Leslie Dunn sentenced Weiss to one year in county jail and five years of probation.
SPORTS
July 13, 2012 | By Austin Knoblauch
As Penn State tries to move on following Thursday's grim reminder of how the university failed to stop Jerry Sandusky from molesting boys on its campus, the school announced it is planning to renovate the areas where some of the incidents occurred. A university spokesman confirmed Friday that the school is planning to make renovations to the shower and locker room areas of the Lasch Football Building, saying the move has been in the works since shortly after Sandusky's arrest last year.
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December 3, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A 43-year-old Oceanside man was sentenced Monday to 116 years in prison for repeatedly molesting the daughter of a Marine, including while the Marine was deployed twice to Iraq and then to Afghanistan. Daniel Hood was convicted of 18 felony counts. He was arrested after relatives found that he had videotaped some of the molestation, apparently as part of a plan to produce child pornography, prosecutors said. "This defendant robbed his young victim of her childhood," said San Diego County Dist.
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September 18, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Three former students of an El Sereno Elementary School teacher sued the Los Angeles Unified School District on Wednesday, charging that the teacher molested them. L.A. Unified confirmed that it had moved to fire the teacher, Armando Gonzalez, in 2012 over alleged misconduct. But specific details about the allegations were not immediately available Wednesday night, district spokesman Sean Rossall said. Gonzalez could not be reached for comment, and Los Angeles police were not able to confirm if an investigation was underway.  The litigation involves three of Gonzalez's former students; they did not report the alleged wrongdoing until recently.
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May 13, 2013 | By Harriet Ryan
Two men came forward to say that a prominent leader of the Los Angeles archdiocese during the post-war boom years molested them, the L.A. Times reported Sunday. Msgr. Benjamin Hawkes was a power broker in Los Angeles during that era. The second-in-command to two cardinals, he ran the Los Angeles church for three decades, a span during which it grew into the largest, most diverse, and by some counts, wealthiest archdiocese in the nation. His knack for money and real estate gave him influence from Rome to Hollywood.
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July 6, 2013 | By Victoria Kim and Harriet Ryan
The preschooler's hair was falling out in clumps. He had stopped playing with other children and barely spoke to his teachers. He woke screaming each night, and during the day clung to his mother. What's wrong, she asked again and again. Finally, he told her: His big brother, adopted seven years earlier from the Maryvale Catholic orphanage in Rosemead, was molesting him. Devastated, she rushed the older boy to a therapist's office, where he offered a harrowing explanation. "He said that Brother Larry had done it to him at Maryvale - him and other children," his mother recalled years later.
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March 16, 2014 | By Rosanna Xia
The pastor of the Muscoy United Methodist Church in San Bernardino has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing two boys, authorities said. Stephen Howard, 54, of Fontana was arrested Thursday on suspicion of lewd acts with a child under 14 and oral copulation and sodomy with a person under 18, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. The alleged victims, now 14 and 23 years old, previously attended the church and said Howard gave them money in exchange for the sexual abuse, authorities said.
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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.
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February 28, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
In 2008, several scared and hesitant young Cambodian girls stood before U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer to tell her what Michael Joseph Pepe had done to them. "Please don't allow this to happen again," one pleaded in a barely audible voice. "Thank you that you helped me find justice," another told her. Six years and a lengthy legal battle later, Fischer finally handed down a sentence Friday for the onetime U.S. Marine captain, convicted of sex acts with young girls in Cambodia: 210 years in prison, the statutory maximum, effectively a life sentence.
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February 27, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A onetime American Youth Soccer Organization coach in Lancaster was found guilty Thursday of molesting 15 children over 17 years. Jurors took four hours to convict Renoir Vincent Valenti, 52, of multiple felony and misdemeanor sexual abuse crimes after a lengthy trial in which they heard from nearly five dozen witnesses, Los Angeles  Deputy Dist. Atty Jon Hatami said. Valenti not only coached but officiated games for the AYSO over nearly 17 years. Valenti, an AYSO coach who used numerous aliases, molested 14 boys, six of whom were soccer players he coached, and a young girl.
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February 24, 2014 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
Prosecutors on Friday added a child pornography charge against a Newport Beach pool maintenance man already accused of sexually abusing seven boys over more than a decade. Christopher Bryan McKenzie, 50, has been behind bars since December 2012, when Newport Beach police arrested him on suspicion of molesting two children. Since then, the Orange County district attorney's office has added accusations from other victims, including boys McKenzie allegedly met while he was a child-care volunteer at Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa, the Daily Pilot reported . Senior Deputy Dist.
OPINION
February 13, 2014 | Meghan Daum
Want to make a really bad time for yourself on social media? Register an opinion about Dylan Farrow's letter published by the New York Times on Feb. 2 stating that her father, Woody Allen, sexually abused her some two decades ago when she was 7. Better yet, register an opinion that stops short of totally vilifying either Allen, who despite the general ick factor of his attraction to younger women was never charged with a crime, or Farrow, who makes...
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July 18, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Eighteen years ago, a gardener charged with molesting a little girl jumped bail and sent his wife a letter saying he would never return. He was wrong. Authorities on Tuesday said they had apprehended Jeffrey Reid Parish and returned him to the Santa Barbara County Jail. They had found him in a Guatemalan mountain town where he had been living under the name Blake. "Nobody there knew whether it was first name or last," said Det. Ted Toedte of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.
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February 5, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Here's what I've learned this week from the Dylan Farrow/Woody Allen scandal: Everybody loses. I wonder if New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof really knew what he was unleashing when he gave over his journalistic real estate on Saturday to Dylan Farrow, who re-ignited charges that her father, Woody Allen, sexually molested her in a Connecticut attic 21 years ago as her parents were engaged in a high-profile custody battle. The revived scandal has prompted a flurry of discussion about the duty we owe children who say they've been wronged, whether an artist should be judged by his life as well as his art and the wisdom of dragging a painful family scandal back into the public arena.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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