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October 21, 1999 | From Associated Press
A grand jury convened after the notorious 1998 gang rape of three young girls at a Fresno motel has charged 23 Hmong men and boys in connection with a series of rapes. The 826-count indictment, unsealed Wednesday, charges the defendants with raping girls and forcing them to prostitute themselves, police said. All but one of the defendants were arrested Tuesday. Thirteen were already in custody in connection with previous rapes.
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May 6, 2011 | By Steve Chawkins and Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Whether the serial killer known as the Original Night Stalker is still alive, nobody knows. But 30 years after a couple died while housesitting in Goleta, investigators have confirmed through DNA testing what they long suspected: The man who killed them is the same one they believe responsible for a decades-long crime spree that started with dozens of rapes in Northern California and ended with as many as 10 slayings in Santa Barbara, Ventura and...
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July 18, 1998 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man wanted in connection with a rape in Northern California and a kidnapping in Utah was arrested Friday in Laguna Beach, the FBI said. Frederick Sydney Laird, 38, was taken into custody without incident at 1:15 p.m. outside the Marine Room, a bar on Ocean Avenue, FBI Special Agent Joseph T. White said. Laird "was just a casual tourist," White said, when officers confronted him.
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August 3, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A judge has decided to free a rapist, the first sex predator recommended for release since a tougher law to treat California's most violent sexual offenders took effect in 1996. Patrick Ghilotti, 45, will be released from Atascadero State Hospital after Marin County Superior Court Judge John S. Graham approves his outpatient treatment. Ghilotti was convicted in 1978 of raping three women. After his release from prison in 1986, he raped another.
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August 10, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The gang rape of a bicyclist by skateboarding boys has fired fear, frustration and anger in this college town, reflected in nightmares, graffiti and flyers. Since the woman was knocked from her bicycle, raped and beaten by five teen-agers July 29, women have called crisis lines. "Dead skateboarders don't rape," says one spray-painted message. Anonymous fliers have questioned why there is no curfew.
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March 13, 1991 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A state Court of Appeal refused Tuesday to allow a female ex-student to sue the University of California over her alleged rape by four UC Berkeley football players after a co-ed dormitory party in 1986. The court rejected the former student's novel claim that the university was negligent for, among other things, housing females on the same floor as males--particularly football players, who her attorneys alleged were unusually prone to group sex crimes.
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March 22, 1994 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Wilson Administration on Monday began reviewing new information from Modoc County officials that could lead to the transfer of serial rapist Melvin A. Carter from that remote northeast California county. A delegation from the county pressed its case for the removal of Carter in separate meetings with Gov. Pete Wilson and his top prison managers Monday afternoon, after which a top Wilson aide said the state is open to the idea.
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July 18, 1998 | Associated Press
An East Palo Alto man has admitted to being the "Peninsula Rapist" responsible for a series of attacks on women in the south San Francisco Bay Area. Romel Demetrius Reid pleaded guilty Friday to 19 felony counts, including five rapes, prosecutors said. He faces a prison sentence of two life terms plus 56 years. Reid was suspected in a series of sexual assaults in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View and Sunnyvale starting in 1995.
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November 25, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 19-year-old San Jose man was behind bars Saturday, accused of raping and beating a 10-year-old Milpitas girl after the two were left alone. In a statement, police said Emilio J. Brotherton was arrested Friday, a few hours after the alleged incidents, in a San Jose trailer. Brotherton was being held at the Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of rape, sexual assault on a minor and parole violation.
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November 9, 1999 | MARK ARAX and RICHARD CHON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Four Corcoran State Prison guards were found innocent Monday of setting up the March 1993 rape of an inmate troublemaker, a verdict that the guards union said was vindication for the accused and for correctional officers sullied by wide-ranging probes of alleged abuse in California prisons. After five weeks of testimony about the arcane world of Corcoran's Security Housing Unit, the jury deliberated two days before announcing the verdict in Kings County Superior Court.
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June 1, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A Sonoma County judge said there is enough independent evidence to try a Catholic priest accused of rape. Judge Gayle Guynup ruled Wednesday that Father Don Kimball should stand trial because evidence clearly corroborated the stories of victims. Kimball, a former youth minister, is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in 1977 at Resurrection Parish in Santa Rosa. He also is accused of committing a lewd act with a 13-year-old girl in 1981 at St. John's rectory in Healdsburg.
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September 16, 2000 | Associated Press
Two high school football stars accused of preying on drunken girls at parties could face life in prison under the recently passed Proposition 21. The pair, now 18, face more than a dozen counts of rape, sexual battery and other sex crimes dating back to last year and involving seven victims. Brandon McMullen and Jack Soberal were being held at the Contra Costa County jail in Martinez on $1-million bail each.
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June 6, 2000 | From Associated Press
A paroled rapist charged with killing two college students last year failed Monday to get a judge to move his case from San Luis Obispo, where his attorneys say there has been too much publicity for a fair trial. Rex Allen Krebs' public defender, Patricia Ashbaugh, said she will appeal the ruling.
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November 9, 1999 | MARK ARAX and RICHARD CHON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Four Corcoran State Prison guards were found innocent Monday of setting up the March 1993 rape of an inmate troublemaker, a verdict that the guards union said was vindication for the accused and for correctional officers sullied by wide-ranging probes of alleged abuse in California prisons. After five weeks of testimony about the arcane world of Corcoran's Security Housing Unit, the jury deliberated two days before announcing the verdict in Kings County Superior Court.
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October 30, 1999 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Corcoran State Prison guards accused of setting up the rape of former inmate Eddie Dillard testified Friday that Dillard concocted his entire story and that they had no way of knowing he would be assaulted and raped when they moved him into another inmate's cell. Officers Anthony Sylva and Dale Brakebill say they were not aware that the new cellmate, Wayne Robertson, was the notorious Booty Bandit, a convicted murderer with a long history of raping his cellmates. "I didn't know who Mr.
NEWS
October 29, 1999 | From Associated Press
One of four guards accused of setting up a prisoner's rape testified Thursday that the inmate never asked for help or said his life would be in danger because of his new cellmate. Sgt. Joe Sanchez said inmate Eddie Dillard simply asked to be moved from his cell and never mentioned that his cellmate, Wayne Robertson, had raped him. Robertson is known at Corcoran as the "Booty Bandit" because of his well-known propensity to rape other prisoners.
NEWS
August 18, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man who killed a teen-age girl before taking his own life early this month may also have attacked four women in the foothills near Stanford University, police said. Robert Michel Christy, 28, shot himself to death in his car soon after killing 17-year-old Stephanie LeDoux in Rocklin on Aug. 3. Stanford police said he may have been the "foothill rapist," wanted for one rape and three rape attempts that appear to have been connected.
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January 20, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man fleeing from a sheriff's deputy was caught when he cut across a football field and ran afoul of the Bacon Bombers--a police team practicing for an annual game against the Sheriff's Department. "I'm sure the person being chased probably wondered what was going on when he . . . saw six huge football officers chasing after him," said Sacramento Police Capt. Rich Gregson. Police said Lamont L. Phillips, 26, was held for investigation of rape, resisting arrest and false imprisonment.
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October 21, 1999 | From Associated Press
A grand jury convened after the notorious 1998 gang rape of three young girls at a Fresno motel has charged 23 Hmong men and boys in connection with a series of rapes. The 826-count indictment, unsealed Wednesday, charges the defendants with raping girls and forcing them to prostitute themselves, police said. All but one of the defendants were arrested Tuesday. Thirteen were already in custody in connection with previous rapes.
NEWS
October 4, 1999 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Corcoran State Prison may be known as America's deadliest lockup, a place notorious for its own brand of inmate punishment, but among townsfolk in this conservative farm belt it is just another dependable employer down the street. The walls of the maximum-security prison rise 15 miles from the dairies and walnut groves of Hanford, and the guards who work there are next door neighbors and Little League coaches. The prison's honor guard marches in the local cotton parade.
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