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January 3, 1992 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A reserve police officer accused of sexually assaulting three women while on duty has been fired after an investigation concluded that he had violated department policy, authorities said Thursday. Chief Neil J. Purcell Jr. dismissed Chris Matano, 20, of Laguna Beach, a grocery store employee who was suspected of fondling the women while they were handcuffed inside his patrol car on the way to Orange County Jail.
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August 12, 1999 | Ellen McCarty, (714) 965-7172, Ext. 14
Police are looking for a man who tried to sexually assault a woman on Aug. 2 in the 17200 block of Euclid Street, Police Sgt. Jim Perry said. The attack happened in the woman's home, but he fled the house when she screamed for help, Perry said. The woman suffered a minor injury but did not require medical attention, he added. The man is described as 6 feet tall, with short brown hair and a mustache, between the ages of 40 and 45, and 180 pounds, Perry said.
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December 9, 1996 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To many of his clients, Salvatore Anthony D'Onofrio is an inspired healer, offering the sort of relief that the jealous medical establishment can neither match nor understand. To the state of California, he is a criminal suspect, charged with practicing medicine without a license--and molesting unsuspecting women in the process. He says he was employing a "legitimate" immune-enhancing technique called "ozone therapy" that sometimes calls for inserting oxygen tubes into women's vaginas.
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July 7, 1999 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From the smallest of clues--a 7-month-old parking ticket--investigators searching for a suspected serial rapist targeting teenage girls in Orange County followed a trail that led them Tuesday to charge a Chino Hills building contractor with 23 counts of sexual assault. Steven Morales, 32, is suspected in at least seven rapes over an eight-month period, sexually assaulting girls as young as 13 in upscale neighborhoods of Orange County, police said.
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December 4, 1996 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A self-described holistic healer accused of molesting two women during health treatments was ordered released from jail on his own recognizance Tuesday, as more than 30 of his clients and alternative medicine supporters jammed the courtroom.
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November 19, 1994 | SUSAN MARQUEZ OWEN
The California Highway Patrol arrested a man suspected of being a freeway flasher at his workplace Friday in Garden Grove. Robert Scott Murg, 35, of Temecula was booked by the CHP on suspicion of indecent exposure after he reportedly pulled alongside a female driver on the Artesia Freeway and exposed himself. The woman said the same man had exposed himself on the same freeway 10 to 12 times since August. CHP Sgt.
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October 23, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA and GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A former Long Beach man already serving a life sentence for a murder in Hawaii now faces a possible death sentence in Orange County after a jury found him guilty Tuesday of raping and strangling a Los Alamitos woman. Jurors deliberated about 10 hours before finding Robert Mark Edwards guilty of first-degree murder in the 1986 slaying of Marjorie E. Deeble, a 55-year-old real estate agent whose daughter had dated the defendant.
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June 27, 1991 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A convicted rapist charged last week with attacking a Mission Viejo woman has been accused by prosecutors of sexually assaulting three other victims--two of them at gunpoint in a mall parking lot--during the last year. Paul William Jensen was charged Wednesday with an additional 13 complaints of rape, assault, kidnaping and illegal possession of a firearm, bringing the total number of counts pending against him to 22. Deputy Dist. Atty. Debora L.
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March 25, 1992 | LYNN SMITH and LANIE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A licensed family day-care home has been temporarily closed as a result of allegations that the operator and her assistant sexually molested a child in their care and exhibited inappropriate sexual behavior in front of other children, state officials said Tuesday. No criminal charges have been filed against Terri Borzoni, 37, and her assistant, Vicki Jimenez, 21.
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October 16, 1995
A 34-year-old woman was raped at gunpoint in a Pacific Coast Highway motel early Sunday by a man who entered the room through an unlocked window with an accomplice who also had a gun, police said. The woman, whose identity was not released, was asleep with a 29-year-old male companion at 1:52 a.m. when the two men came through the window carrying handguns, said Sgt. Les Robinson of the Huntington Beach Police Department.
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June 14, 1999
Costa Mesa police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl Sunday afternoon. The girl and her mother were at a gated apartment complex on the 2100 block of College Avenue shortly after 4 p.m. when a man outside the gates called to the girl, police said. When the girl approached the locked gate, the man reached through the wrought iron and fondled her, Sgt. Tim Chennum said. The man "sexually assaulted her by grabbing ahold of her," Chennum said.
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November 27, 1998 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Laguna Beach police arrested a man Thursday suspected of sexually assaulting half a dozen women in three Orange County coastal communities earlier in the day, authorities said. The suspect, who was not immediately identified, apparently attacked and fondled women at their homes and on the streets in Sunset Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, where he was finally arrested and booked on suspicion of sexual assault, Laguna Beach Police Lt. Darin Lenyi said. The first incident happened at 1:40 a.
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November 27, 1998 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Laguna Beach police arrested a man Thursday suspected of sexually assaulting half a dozen women in Sunset Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach earlier in the day, authorities said. The suspect, who was not immediately identified, apparently attacked and fondled women at their homes and on the streets. He was finally arrested in Laguna Beach and booked on suspicion of sexual assault, Police Lt. Darin Lenyi said. The first incident happened at 1:40 a.m.
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September 24, 1998
Police warned residents that a "surfer-type" prowler has been walking through open doors and windows of a beach-side neighborhood to fondle sleeping women. The prowler has entered at least five apartments in the past nine months, targeting a neighborhood bordered by 15th and 19th streets and Walnut and Acacia avenues, police said. Victims have described him as white, 20 to 30 years old, with dark hair, who gave them the impression he is a surfer. He is 5-foot-8 to 6-foot.
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July 17, 1998 | THAO HUA
An 81-year-old former psychiatrist was ordered Thursday to stand trial on charges that he and a convicted child molester drugged and molested a teenage patient three years ago. Burnell Forgey, who appeared in court in a wheelchair, is accused of conspiring with James Crummel to pick up a 16-year-old student at Estancia High School in Costa Mesa and bring him to their Newport Beach condominium for sex, Deputy Dist. Atty. Stephanie Deamon said.
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March 12, 1998 | ERIKA CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former high school track coach already accused of fondling female students was charged with additional counts after more girls alleged he inappropriately touched them, authorities said Wednesday. Vernon Brent Smith, 50, who coached at El Toro High School, had been charged with two felony counts of lewd acts on a child and six misdemeanor counts of sexual battery, all involving several girls. Smith was arrested at his home in Mission Viejo by sheriff's detectives on Jan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1999 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From the smallest of clues--a 7-month-old parking ticket--investigators searching for a suspected serial rapist targeting teenage girls in Orange County followed a trail that led them Tuesday to charge a Chino Hills building contractor with 23 counts of sexual assault. Steven Morales, 32, is suspected in at least seven rapes over an eight-month period, sexually assaulting girls as young as 13 in upscale neighborhoods of Orange County, police said.
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November 5, 1996 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Mark Edwards, convicted last month of raping and strangling a Los Alamitos woman, was portrayed by his attorney Monday as "a warm, humane and giving person" who does not deserve to be executed. During opening statements in the murder trial's penalty phase, Deputy Public Defender Tim Severin said Edwards has "a dark side which is only released when he is under the extreme domination of alcohol." Edwards could face death for the 1986 murder of 55-year-old Marjorie E. Deeble.
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February 10, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY
Authorities are warning residents about a rash of obscene collect phone calls placed in the last two weeks by people claiming to be the police. The calls begin with a woman claiming to be an AT&T operator who says she has a collect emergency call from the "Orange County Police Department," Buena Park police said. A representative of that nonexistent agency then says officers need help catching a stalker in the area and tells the victim to perform lewd acts, police said.
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August 13, 1997 | BONNIE HAYES
A high-risk sex offender from Santa Ana was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles for possession of nearly 1,300 pieces of child pornography downloaded from the Internet. Craig Allen Williams told police when he was arrested on July 16 that he considered the 1,233 still images and 65 video images to be art. Earlier that month, Williams was one of seven men identified by police under Megan's Law, which allows officers to publicize the whereabouts of registered sex offenders.
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