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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
An Antelope Valley businessman and civic figure wanted on suspicion of committing sex crimes against a 12-year-old boy surrendered to authorities Friday. Howard L. Brooks, a 61-year-old field representative for Republican Assemblyman Phil Wyman, turned himself in without incident to Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, authorities said. Bail was set at $195,000.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2001 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN and RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An Antelope Valley businessman and civic figure who is an aide to a Tehachapi assemblyman is wanted on suspicion of committing sex crimes against a 12-year-old boy, authorities said Wednesday. Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives obtained a warrant Tuesday for the arrest of Howard L. Brooks, a 61-year-old field representative for Republican Assemblyman Phil Wyman, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Rouman Ebrahim.
NEWS
November 28, 1998 | From Associated Press
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 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
NATIONAL
May 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2002 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles County judge ordered a tattoo artist Tuesday to stand trial on charges that he sexually assaulted three young women at his North Hollywood business. The women, ages 16 to 25, testified that Daniel Victor Rivas, 46, touched them sexually while tattooing their lower backs during the last two years. An 18-year-old said she still has an unfinished fairy tattoo because she left hastily after Rivas touched her in May 2000.
NEWS
September 25, 1987 | GABE FUENTES, Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 23, 1999 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
October 10, 1997 | From Associated Press
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.
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