November 9, 1999 |
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.
August 18, 1990 |
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.
September 2, 1997 |
A 37-year-old high school track coach was arrested Monday in connection with the rape of a Chabot College student, one of a series of attacks in the east San Francisco Bay blamed on a serial rapist. Tony Lawayne Ransom of San Leandro was arrested at his home early Monday, police said. Ransom is suspected of raping a student Aug. 20 as she practiced the piano in a soundproof music room at Chabot College in Hayward, police said.
January 20, 1991 |
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.
July 7, 1991 |
A 15-year-old Oakland girl has sued the state and Alameda County for negligence, saying that a man charged with sexually assaulting her in June was on parolee for raping her six years ago. Samuel Leon Barnett was paroled in April after serving half of a 12-year sentence for raping the girl when she was 9. Barnett was re-arrested and charged with 14 sexual assault-related counts and kidnaping after the girl told police Barnett and another man held her for seven hours and attacked her on June 10.
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June 1, 2001 |
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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January 8, 1992 |
Prosecutors have dropped the widely publicized charges that a man who was sent to prison for raping a 9-year-old girl raped her again six years later, after he was paroled from prison. Eight felony charges of kidnaping and forcible molestation against Samuel Leon Barnett, 44, were dismissed, said Chief Assistant Dist. Atty. Tom Orloff. "We did some more investigation on the case," Orloff said. "After everything we learned, it cast some doubt on what happened and who was responsible for it."
November 21, 1991 |
The Green Bay Packers fired operations vice president Tom Braatz, who oversaw four losing seasons during his five years with the team. Bob Harlan, the Packers' president, said all the candidates considered as replacements are working in the NFL. Harlan would not comment on Coach Lindy Infante's status. Bengal Coach Sam Wyche angrily denied that he had been fined $7,500 by the NFL for disparaging comments about officials.
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August 3, 2001 |
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.
October 29, 1999 |
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.