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June 12, 1999
Aidin Ghaffari, the 22-year-old man found guilty of sending "harmful matter" to a minor over the Internet, was sentenced this week to three years' probation after a judge gave him credit for the 77 days he has already served in jail, his lawyer said. Judge Judith Abrams of West Los Angeles Superior Court also ordered psychological counseling for Ghaffari, said his lawyer, James E. Blatt.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A former USC professor who was indicted in sex crimes against children overseas was expected to arrive in Los Angeles as early as Wednesday night after he was captured in a coastal town in Mexico, federal authorities said. Walter Lee Williams, 64, who was added this week to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted fugitives list, was apprehended Tuesday after he was spotted by a Mexican citizen who had seen the fugitive's photo in a newspaper, said Bill Lewis, FBI assistant director in charge in Los Angeles.
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March 4, 1996 | From Associated Press
Two-thirds of sex offenders in state prisons attacked children, and a third of these victims were offspring or stepchildren of their attackers, the Justice Department said Sunday. The report, based on the largest survey ever of state prison inmates, said children younger than 18 bear the brunt of sex offenses and that child molesting remains a crime most often committed by relatives and acquaintances rather than strangers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2010 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
For a third year, Murrieta police have mailed letters to child sex offenders suggesting that they leave their porch light off on Halloween and post a sign stating that they are not giving out candy. "To avoid any unnecessary allegations of impropriety with minors, I strongly suggest you protect yourself by voluntarily refraining from interacting with the children during the trick-or-treat holiday," says the letter from Police Chief Mark Wright. It was sent to the 43 registered offenders living in the city who have been convicted of sex crimes against children, said Lt. Bob Davenport.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A former USC professor who was indicted in sex crimes against children overseas was expected to arrive in Los Angeles as early as Wednesday night after he was captured in a coastal town in Mexico, federal authorities said. Walter Lee Williams, 64, who was added this week to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted fugitives list, was apprehended Tuesday after he was spotted by a Mexican citizen who had seen the fugitive's photo in a newspaper, said Bill Lewis, FBI assistant director in charge in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2010 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
For a third year, Murrieta police have mailed letters to child sex offenders suggesting that they leave their porch light off on Halloween and post a sign stating that they are not giving out candy. "To avoid any unnecessary allegations of impropriety with minors, I strongly suggest you protect yourself by voluntarily refraining from interacting with the children during the trick-or-treat holiday," says the letter from Police Chief Mark Wright. It was sent to the 43 registered offenders living in the city who have been convicted of sex crimes against children, said Lt. Bob Davenport.
NATIONAL
May 3, 2005
Spurred by the killing of a 9-year-old girl, Gov. Jeb Bush signed a law in Tallahassee imposing tougher penalties on child molesters and requiring many of those released from prison to wear satellite tracking devices for the rest of their lives. The measure gives the state one of the nation's toughest laws on sex crimes against children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1994
A psychiatrist has recommended that convicted child molester Joe Caro Jr., who was due for parole last Saturday, be sent back to prison for another year. Caro's record of sex crimes against children dates to 1952. His scheduled release caused an uproar last week in Downey, where the state Department of Corrections had arranged for the 74-year-old man to move into a motel next door to a preschool playground. Parole officials reconsidered Caro's placement after receiving hundreds of phone calls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Sheriff's deputies passed out fliers Thursday to warn residents that a twice-convicted sex offender has moved to town. The fliers picture Kristian Eric Rosbold, 39, and his car. Rosbold moved to Niguel Road from Marin County, where he was convicted of sex crimes against children in 1987 and 2000. Police are permitted to distribute such fliers under California's "Megan's Law." The fliers state that Rosbold is not wanted by police and that any harassment of him will not be tolerated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA
A task force of federal, state and county law enforcement agents arrested 20 sex offenders in parole raids throughout the Antelope Valley on Thursday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. All but two of those arrested were convicted of sex crimes against children, said Lt. Robert Rifkin of the Palmdale sheriff's station. Deputies based in Palmdale and Lancaster went with state parole and county probation agents as they made their routine checks of parolees, Rifkin said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1999
Aidin Ghaffari, the 22-year-old man found guilty of sending "harmful matter" to a minor over the Internet, was sentenced this week to three years' probation after a judge gave him credit for the 77 days he has already served in jail, his lawyer said. Judge Judith Abrams of West Los Angeles Superior Court also ordered psychological counseling for Ghaffari, said his lawyer, James E. Blatt.
NEWS
March 4, 1996 | From Associated Press
Two-thirds of sex offenders in state prisons attacked children, and a third of these victims were offspring or stepchildren of their attackers, the Justice Department said Sunday. The report, based on the largest survey ever of state prison inmates, said children younger than 18 bear the brunt of sex offenses and that child molesting remains a crime most often committed by relatives and acquaintances rather than strangers.
NEWS
May 7, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Perpetrators of sex crimes against children would face longer prison sentences, including the possibility of life behind bars, under a bill approved by the House Judiciary Committee. The measure goes to the House for a vote. The legislation would double to 10 years in prison the penalty for enticing a minor to cross state lines to engage in illegal sexual activity. Anyone using the mail, Internet or other means to contact a minor for sexual activity could go to prison for up to five years.
NEWS
August 3, 1988
A woman convicted of 115 sex crimes against children under her supervision in a day-care center was sentenced in Newark, N.J., to 47 years in prison. Superior Court Judge William F. Harth imposed the sentence on Margaret Kelly Michaels after a three-hour hearing in which she proclaimed her innocence. She would be eligible for parole after 14 years.
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