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January 25, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
A pedophile priest could be kept in prison despite completing his sentence if he is found to be a sexually violent predator, prison officials said Wednesday. Michael Edwin Wempe, 67, was convicted and sentenced to a maximum of three years in prison last year for molesting a boy in Los Angeles. But Wempe spent 600 days in custody awaiting trial, and had been due for release Jan. 6.
October 15, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
An American lawyer was barred from entering Mexico after he sued the country's Roman Catholic archbishop, saying that he had conspired to protect a pedophile priest. The five-year exclusion order was issued in Mexico City against Jeffrey Anderson, known for his many lawsuits against the Catholic Church on behalf of alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse. Last month, Anderson alleged that Cardinal Roger M.
September 21, 2006 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
Calling public safety government's most important job, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday signed a package of bills increasing prison terms for many sex offenders and barring them from loitering near schools and parks once they are released. The measures, signed seven weeks before voters will decide on a ballot initiative offering similar provisions, also require that sex offenders deemed high-risk by authorities wear electronic tracking devices while on parole.
September 20, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
A fugitive priest charged with molesting eight boys was shuttled by church authorities between Mexico and the United States, allowing him to prey on additional victims, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The allegations against Father Nicolas Aguilar, 64, are not new, but the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, contains fresh allegations of misconduct by high church officials, including Cardinal Roger M.
July 15, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal grand jury handed down an indictment Friday on child pornography, child exploitation and kidnapping charges against a San Bernardino County man who was stopped at the Mexican border with a 5-year-old boy on his lap, according to the U.S. attorney's office in San Diego. Earl Venton Buchanan, 62, of Bloomington was arrested returning to the U.S. on July 3. Authorities discovered a videotape in Buchanan's van of what appeared to be Buchanan molesting a sedated boy.
May 12, 2006 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
Some in Congress want to make sure there's no space for MySpace at public schools and libraries. Concerned about reports of pedophiles trolling wildly popular "social networking" websites for teenage victims, Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) has introduced a bill to prohibit anyone under 18 from accessing them on school or library computers.
April 21, 2006
Re "Details on 11 Priests Missing in '04 Report," April 20 By revealing the names of pedophile priests and leaving other names out, L.A. Cardinal Roger Mahony is doing the work of the devil. The man is a common bureaucrat, not a spiritual leader. GASTON SERRATO Rowland Heights I would argue that if Mahony heard the confession of a priest who molested a child, the cardinal should be forced to reveal the content of that conversation. Call me crazy, but I believe that my right as a parent to know if my child has been sexually abused is more important than a conversation between a priest and a bishop.
February 23, 2006 | Jessica Garrison and Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writers
The pedophile priest whom Cardinal Roger M. Mahony said he regretted returning to the ministry was found guilty Wednesday of one count of molesting a boy, marking the first significant criminal conviction of a Los Angeles cleric since the church's sexual abuse scandal erupted four years ago. Michael Edwin Wempe, forced into retirement from the Los Angeles Archdiocese, hung his head as the guilty verdict was read. Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe ordered the Catholic cleric into custody.
January 12, 2006 | From Associated Press
Moments after guards pried open the jammed door of John Geoghan's prison cell, Joseph Druce confessed that he killed the child molester and former priest to protect youngsters, a guard testified Wednesday as the prisoner's murder trial began. Four guards brought Druce, 40, to the prison hospital unit, where he sobbed while confessing to killing Geoghan, guard Travis Canty said.
July 28, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A court in Angers, France, convicted 62 defendants in a pedophilia trial and imposed sentences of up to 28 years in prison. Prosecutors said 45 children between the ages of 6 months and 14 years were raped, abused and prostituted by parents, grandparents or acquaintances from 1999 to 2002, at times in exchange for small amounts of money, food, alcohol or cigarettes. Three of the 65 defendants were acquitted. Full names in the case could not be given because of laws to shield child victims.
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