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March 8, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
A former Roman Catholic priest said in court Wednesday that the rights of homosexuals have been violated by a state law that makes it easier to prosecute gay pedophiles than heterosexual child molesters. It apparently was the first time that gay rights had been introduced into the ongoing prosecution of current and former Catholic priests alleged to have molested children. The state law in question imposes no time limits on prosecuting heterosexuals who force intercourse.
February 17, 2007 | Gina Piccalo, Times Staff Writer
"Deliver Us From Evil," a documentary about pedophile priest Oliver O'Grady and his devastating California legacy, has earned its filmmaker multiple awards and an Oscar nomination. Now the film is kicking up new controversy and litigation from L.A. to Ireland, where O'Grady now lives. Released in the U.S.
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.
April 11, 2006 | Chris Gaither and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writers
Fighting its reputation as an unsavory online hangout, "social networking" site has hired a former federal prosecutor to patrol the service and launched ads warning kids about Internet predators. Internet safety expert and former Justice Department porn buster Hemanshu Nigam will become MySpace's first chief security officer and oversee initiatives to protect the Santa Monica company's 68 million members. Nigam's appointment, effective May 1, is expected to be announced today.
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