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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2000
A bill inspired by the murder of a local 7-year-old girl in a Nevada casino was signed into law Monday by Gov. Gray Davis. The legislation, authored by Assemblyman Tom Torlakson (D-Antioch), makes it a crime to witness the sexual assault of a minor without notifying police. The bill became known as the Sherrice Iverson Good Samaritan Law because it was inspired by the 1997 slaying of the girl at a casino in Primm, Nev.
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March 2, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Desperate to win their freedom, a small but growing number of California's incarcerated sexual predators are seeking surgical castration, an operation all but banished from the criminal justice system decades ago. At least 15 repeat offenders across the state have requested the operation, convinced that it is the only path out of detention facilities in an era of toughened punishments for sex criminals.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four convicted sex offenders who have served their prison sentences remained in custody Thursday as an Orange County judge rejected a request by defense attorneys to strike down the state's controversial new "sexual predator" law as unconstitutional. Prosecutors contend the four inmates--three of whom committed crimes against children--are still dangerous, and have petitioned to confine the prisoners to state mental hospitals for treatment. Superior Court Judge David O.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2000
A bill inspired by the murder of a local 7-year-old girl in a Nevada casino was signed into law Monday by Gov. Gray Davis. The legislation, authored by Assemblyman Tom Torlakson (D-Antioch), makes it a crime to witness the sexual assault of a minor without notifying police. The bill became known as the Sherrice Iverson Good Samaritan Law because it was inspired by the 1997 slaying of the girl at a casino in Primm, Nev.
NEWS
January 30, 1992 | ROBIN ABCARIAN, Fast Forward is an occasional update of earlier View stories.
BACKGROUND: Twenty-one single, low-income mothers claimed a Fairfield, Calif., apartment manager sexually harassed them for 2 1/2 years. The tenants of the Fairfield North complex accused James H. Skinner of letting himself into their apartments, fondling them, withholding welfare checks and imposing curfews on their children. The tenants said building owners ignored their complaints.
NEWS
May 7, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
The state Senate, reacting to the killing of a Los Angeles schoolgirl in the restroom of a Nevada casino, approved a bill Thursday making it a crime for failing to report the murder, rape or sexual assault of a child 14 or younger. The bill, formally labeled the Sherrice Iverson Child Protection Act, in memory of the 7-year-old, was sent to the Assembly on a 28-0 vote with no debate. Sen. Tom Hayden (D-Los Angeles) introduced the bill, SB 80, in the aftermath of Sherrice's 1997 slaying.
NEWS
February 10, 1996 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A San Jose judge, refusing to release a notorious serial rapist, upheld as constitutional Friday a new state law that allows sex offenders who have served their sentences to be locked up in mental institutions. The law was challenged by Christopher Hubbart, 45, who has served his sentence and his parole behind bars. Hubbart, a native of Pasadena, has been linked to about 30 rapes, most of them in Southern California. He has been in and out of prison and mental institutions since 1973.
NEWS
January 22, 1999 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The California Supreme Court unanimously upheld a state law Thursday that allows sexual predators who have served their sentences to be locked up indefinitely in mental institutions. The law applies to sex offenders with two or more victims. If two state mental health experts find the offender to be "mentally disordered," prosecutors can ask for a hearing on whether the offender should be committed to a mental institution. A unanimous jury verdict is required.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1996 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson signed a bill Monday allowing prosecutors to pursue sizable civil penalties against adults who engage in unlawful sexual intercourse with minors. The measure comes even as local officials continued to grapple with a controversial practice of some Orange County social workers who have helped at least 15 underage girls--one only 13 years old--get released from protective custody to marry, or resume living with, adult men who impregnated them.
NEWS
August 26, 1996 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposed law requiring local police to disclose extensive information about child molesters living in their communities has been expanded to include those convicted of sex crimes against adults as well. The proposal is part of California's version of "Megan's law," a new federal statute requiring local police to publicly disclose information about dangerous sexual criminals. The bill is expected to clear the Legislature and be sent to Gov. Pete Wilson this week.
NEWS
May 7, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
The state Senate, reacting to the killing of a Los Angeles schoolgirl in the restroom of a Nevada casino, approved a bill Thursday making it a crime for failing to report the murder, rape or sexual assault of a child 14 or younger. The bill, formally labeled the Sherrice Iverson Child Protection Act, in memory of the 7-year-old, was sent to the Assembly on a 28-0 vote with no debate. Sen. Tom Hayden (D-Los Angeles) introduced the bill, SB 80, in the aftermath of Sherrice's 1997 slaying.
NEWS
January 22, 1999 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The California Supreme Court unanimously upheld a state law Thursday that allows sexual predators who have served their sentences to be locked up indefinitely in mental institutions. The law applies to sex offenders with two or more victims. If two state mental health experts find the offender to be "mentally disordered," prosecutors can ask for a hearing on whether the offender should be committed to a mental institution. A unanimous jury verdict is required.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1998 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The majority of the convicted sex offenders who reported they would live in the western San Fernando Valley aren't at the addresses they gave police, authorities said Saturday. Of the 300 child molesters, rapists and other sex offenders believed to be living in the West Valley as of a few weeks ago, investigators determined that only about 80 had properly notified authorities of their whereabouts as required by state law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1996 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson signed a bill Monday allowing prosecutors to pursue sizable civil penalties against adults who engage in unlawful sexual intercourse with minors. The measure comes even as local officials continued to grapple with a controversial practice of some Orange County social workers who have helped at least 15 underage girls--one only 13 years old--get released from protective custody to marry, or resume living with, adult men who impregnated them.
NEWS
August 26, 1996 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposed law requiring local police to disclose extensive information about child molesters living in their communities has been expanded to include those convicted of sex crimes against adults as well. The proposal is part of California's version of "Megan's law," a new federal statute requiring local police to publicly disclose information about dangerous sexual criminals. The bill is expected to clear the Legislature and be sent to Gov. Pete Wilson this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1996 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a year, the calls have come in almost daily to California's Child Molester Identification Line. One caller was an employee at a water amusement park, where nearly 1,000 children visited daily. The worker was nervous that an adult--who arrived alone but frequently talked to children at the park--purchased an all-summer pass. As it turned out, the subject had been convicted in 1986 for lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An appeals court has joined the debate over the constitutionality of the state's new "sexual predator" law, putting on hold several Orange County cases pending further legal review. Four convicted Orange County sex offenders who have served their prison sentences remained in custody Thursday as a legal battle over the law moved before the 4th District Court of Appeal.
NEWS
February 21, 1996 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's law enforcement agencies are pondering what to do with a book filled with the faces of the state's worst convicted child molesters now that the directories have started arriving in the mail. Under a law sponsored by state Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren, the photo directory is being shipped to county sheriffs and police departments "for purposes of public access."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An appeals court has joined the debate over the constitutionality of the state's new "sexual predator" law, putting on hold several Orange County cases pending further legal review. Four convicted Orange County sex offenders who have served their prison sentences remained in custody Thursday as a legal battle over the law moved before the 4th District Court of Appeal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four convicted sex offenders who have served their prison sentences remained in custody Thursday as an Orange County judge rejected a request by defense attorneys to strike down the state's controversial new "sexual predator" law as unconstitutional. Prosecutors contend the four inmates--three of whom committed crimes against children--are still dangerous, and have petitioned to confine the prisoners to state mental hospitals for treatment. Superior Court Judge David O.
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