CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2001 |
A political aide from the Antelope Valley has pleaded not guilty to sex crimes allegedly committed against a 12-year-old boy who was in his care, authorities said Tuesday. Howard L. Brooks, 61, a field representative for Republican Assemblyman Phil Wyman, was arraigned Monday after turning himself in Friday to sheriff's deputies. He is scheduled to return to court as early as Nov.
November 28, 1998 |
Years after a convicted rapist agreed to undergo "chemical castration" as part of his probation, he has pleaded guilty to new sex crimes and police are investigating him in connection with up to 75 more. Joseph Frank Smith, who was dubbed the "ski mask rapist" when he was convicted of raping the same woman twice in San Antonio in 1983, agreed to impotence-causing injections as a condition of his probation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2002 |
For the second day in a row, students at St. Mary's College on Tuesday protested the school's handling of sexual assault cases. The students demanded improved crime prevention, quicker response time and more education about sexual assaults on campus. Students and former faculty members at the East San Francisco Bay college say the school has tried to cover up sexual assaults. They also accuse the college of refusing to expel students who violate the college's sexual assault policy.
May 21, 2007 |
Military veterans in prison are more than twice as likely to have been convicted for sex offenses as non-veteran inmates, federal researchers say. They cannot say why. A study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics compared the populations of inmates who served in the military and those who did not. Veterans are half as likely to be incarcerated as those without service experience in the first place, researchers found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1999
A Ventura man with a long history of sex crimes was sentenced Friday to nine years in state prison. Judge Barry Klopfer gave Hugh McCafferty, 37, the maximum sentence for attempted rape, burglary and receipt of stolen property, despite defense arguments that McCafferty was sorry for the pain he has caused. McCafferty did not respond to the sentence.
September 25, 1987 |
A transient wounded by police was charged Thursday with murder and numerous unlawful sex acts in the abduction and shooting of two Chatsworth girls, and police identified his alleged woman accomplice. Roland Norman Comtois, 57, remained in critical condition but was conscious Thursday in the jail ward at County-USC Medical Center, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Sterling Norris, who filed the seven charges alleging murder, attempted murder, kidnaping and several acts of sexual molestation.
September 23, 1999 |
Five California corrections employees have resigned and at least 40 more are under investigation for sexual misconduct with inmates at women's prisons, the state Department of Corrections disclosed Wednesday. One employee resigned after it was alleged that he had fathered an inmate's child. Two other workers quit after they were found to be dating parolees. Another has been placed on administrative leave pending a criminal prosecution for sexual assault, according to the department.
October 10, 1997 |
Motorists with low incomes or old or new cars will get some relief from Smog Check II inspections because of four bills signed Thursday by Gov. Pete Wilson. "These new laws will make it easier for motorists to comply with tougher pollution standards, which are a direct result of the federal government's mandate to improve air quality," the Republican governor said. He also signed a trio of bills to study and regulate a chemical used to make gasoline burn cleaner.
January 12, 1989 |
The California Supreme Court was asked Wednesday to clear the way for substantial increases in prison terms for rapists and other sex offenders. A state prosecutor urged the justices to uphold an appellate ruling that allowed a San Diego man to be punished for a separate crime for each of three sexual penetrations that took place during a single incident--even though each lasted only a few seconds. "This was not a single act, but three separate acts punctuated by violence," state Deputy Atty.
January 28, 1991 |
A judge sentenced a former Lutheran Church youth worker to more than 48 years in prison for sex crimes against five minors aged 10 to 16. James Allen Weller, 32, was convicted in November of 27 counts of rape, forced oral copulation, forcible child molestation, oral copulation with a minor and taking pornographic pictures of a minor. San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Alan Bollhoffer also ordered Weller to pay $2,600 in fines and restitution within three years.