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July 11, 1996 | TINA DAUNT and DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Riverside County district attorney's office has decided not to file rape charges against three UCLA fraternity members accused of sexually assaulting a sorority woman at a Palm Springs hotel last month, authorities said Wednesday. Deputy Dist. Atty. Rick Erwood said the case was hampered because the woman had consumed marijuana and alcohol and had been participating in a sexually explicit game prior to the incident at the Royal Sun Hotel.
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April 12, 2000 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man known as "Neemy" appeared to neighbors to be a decent fellow--quiet, always quick to help them out with something from his toolbox. And so they had trouble Tuesday reconciling the fact that Onesimus P. James allegedly erupted into such a fit of jealous anger that he repeatedly assaulted and raped his girlfriend during the weekend and then shot her two young girls in the head after she escaped.
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June 25, 1992 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An ex-convict suspected in a string of after-hours robberies, rapes and one murder in offices from San Bernardino to Los Angeles counties has been linked to at least three of the crimes by blood tests, Rialto police said Wednesday. Among the victims was Nancy Willem, a 35-year-old rape counselor and feminist activist who was raped, robbed and beaten to death Feb. 4 in a Rialto office. Police say she probably resisted the attack, enraging the rapist.
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February 22, 2000 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A Los Angeles man, recently freed after serving 12 years in prison for a sexual assault he did not commit, said Monday "there were three attempts on my life in the first three years I was in prison because I was a convicted rapist." In his first public comments since being released from Ironwood state prison near Blythe last Friday, Herman Atkins, now 34, told a news conference at a Mid-Wilshire law office, that "to be labeled a rapist is to be called one of the lowest forms of people on Earth."
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March 25, 1992 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid controversy over their delayed response to an alleged rape because the woman did not have a permit for her home alarm, Riverside police have rescinded the policy under which officers initially ignored her request for help, police said Tuesday. Calling the policy a "terrible mistake," Capt.
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December 22, 1993 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexican prosecutors are pursuing what may be a historic extradition case against a fugitive farm worker who was arrested in the kidnaping and rape of a 4-year-old Riverside County girl, officials said Tuesday. Last week, a Mexico City judge ordered Serapio Zuniga Rios, who had eluded authorities on both sides of the border for more than a year, to be held without bail pending a ruling on an extradition request by the United States. U.S.
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June 30, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man charged with raping his wife's 7-year-old daughter at his wedding reception and passing on the virus that causes AIDS has been sentenced to 38 years in prison. Frank C. Bridges, 43, pleaded guilty to felony rape, sexual penetration with a foreign object and three counts of forced lewd acts with a child. The charges included special allegations of inflicting great bodily injury and committing a sex offense while knowingly infected with AIDS.
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June 10, 1988
The state Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a man sentenced to up to 104 years in prison for holding a young woman captive in a box and repeatedly raping and torturing her over a seven-year period. None of the justices voted to grant a hearing on an appeal by Cameron Hooker, 34, of Red Bluff, from a lower-court ruling upholding his sentence on convictions of kidnaping and multiple sex crimes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1995 | MARK I. PINSKY
The Orange County district attorney's office filed additional charges Friday against a Riverside man authorities believe is responsible for at least half a dozen rapes and sexual assaults in Orange and Riverside counties. If convicted, Steven Dexter Brooks, 22, faces a maximum 25-years-to-life sentence under the "one strike, you're out" sexual offense law that went into effect Nov. 30. The charges filed against Brooks, growing out of an alleged Dec.
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July 20, 1993 | SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Benny Powell, the celebrated ex-convict who went from prison to prosperity after being cleared in the 1973 murder of a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, was back behind bars Monday after authorities in Arizona arrested him on charges of rape and sexual assault. Powell, who less than six months ago was awarded a record $3.
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February 18, 2000 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
DNA testing by the FBI establishes that a Los Angeles man imprisoned since 1988 for rape and robbery did not commit the crimes, the Riverside County district attorney's office announced Thursday night. The FBI tests confirmed results obtained in December by a Richmond forensic scientist who conducted DNA testing on behalf of the Innocence Project at New York's Cardozo Law School, which has represented inmate Herman Atkins in recent years. Riverside Dist. Atty.
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February 9, 2000 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Just moments before a Riverside judge sentenced him to 45 years in prison for rape and robbery in 1988, Herman Atkins proclaimed his innocence and said only he and God knew it. "I have no way of proving that at the present moment," Atkins lamented. Then, he wondered aloud what it would be like "when the truth has been resolved" and someone would have to apologize to him and his family "for putting you through what we did." That moment may soon arrive for Atkins.
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December 23, 1999 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When 24-year-old Laurel W. moved out of her apartment, she explained simply in her written notice: "Do not feel safe here anymore." Earlier that day, a stranger had exposed himself in front of her. She fled in tears to the nearby home of her parents, who in turn demanded answers of the landlord about security.
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July 11, 1996 | TINA DAUNT and DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Riverside County district attorney's office has decided not to file rape charges against three UCLA fraternity members accused of sexually assaulting a sorority woman at a Palm Springs hotel last month, authorities said Wednesday. Deputy Dist. Atty. Rick Erwood said the case was hampered because the woman had consumed marijuana and alcohol and had been participating in a sexually explicit game prior to the incident at the Royal Sun Hotel.
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February 25, 1995 | MARK I. PINSKY
The Orange County district attorney's office filed additional charges Friday against a Riverside man authorities believe is responsible for at least half a dozen rapes and sexual assaults in Orange and Riverside counties. If convicted, Steven Dexter Brooks, 22, faces a maximum 25-years-to-life sentence under the "one strike, you're out" sexual offense law that went into effect Nov. 30. The charges filed against Brooks, growing out of an alleged Dec.
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February 10, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Benny Gene Powell, who was awarded $3.5 million after spending 17 years in prison for a murder conviction that was later overturned, was ordered Thursday to return to prison: this time for a 52-year term. Powell was sentenced to the maximum term possible by a Riverside County judge for sexually assaulting a UCLA student during a cocaine-stoked frenzy in March, 1993, 13 months after his celebrated prison release. At best, Powell, 47, could be released on parole in 26 years.
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December 16, 1993 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexican authorities on Wednesday arrested a fugitive accused of raping a 4-year-old Riverside County girl, according to the victim's family and government officials, after a hunt by authorities on both sides of the border and intense debate about Mexican extradition policy. U.S. Justice Department officials told relatives of the victim that Mexican police arrested Serapio Zuniga Rios, 28, a migrant farm worker who fled south of the border after the kidnap and rape in September, 1992.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1993 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Celebrated ex-convict Benjamin Powell, who went from prison inmate to millionaire after he was cleared last year in the 1973 shooting death of a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, was being sought Friday on suspicion of rape and sexual assault. The man known as "Cool Breeze," who won a $3.5-million settlement from the city of Los Angeles earlier this year for 17 years of wrongful imprisonment, is wanted for an alleged attack in the rural town of Beaumont, near Palm Springs, authorities said.
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January 5, 1995 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police arrested a 22-year-old man Tuesday on suspicion of sexual attacks in Orange and Riverside counties in the past month. Steve Dexter Brooks, whose last known address was in Riverside, was arrested Tuesday night without incident in Garden Grove by Garden Grove and Newport Beach officers, after a short surveillance, police said. On Dec. 3, a Costa Mesa woman reported a rape, and on Nov. 29, a woman living on 38th Street in Newport Beach reported a similar attack. On Dec.
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December 10, 1994 | From Associated Press
A mother was convicted Friday of child endangerment and of being an accessory to the rape of her 7-year-old daughter, who was attacked on the woman's wedding day by her AIDS-infected groom. Jurors deliberated four days before convicting the 38-year-old woman on both felony charges. She faces a maximum sentence of nearly seven years for failing to notify police that her daughter had been beaten and raped. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Robert McIntyre scheduled a Jan.
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