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January 2, 2013 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON -- Police made two arrests Wednesday in an investigation triggered by allegations of sex crimes committed by the late Jimmy Savile, a BBC television presenter and disc jockey.  In a brief statement, London's Metropolitan Police Service said it had “arrested two men on suspicion of sexual offenses.”  The BBC named one as Jim Davidson, a 59-year-old comedian and former BBC presenter.     Davidson hosted "The Jim Davidson Show"...
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July 30, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
You could say Backpage.com is a page nearly everyone wants to rip out of the Internet, crumple up and throw away. Last week, two legal cases out of Washington state illustrated how the popular website, known for its promotion of adult escort services, has to cling by its nails to the generosity of American law to survive. On Friday, three girls - two 13 and one 15  at the time they ran away from home - filed suit in Pierce County Superior Court against Backpage.com, alleging it allowed them to be bought and sold over the site for sex by the pimps who captured them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Howard Blume and Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
Since authorities charged a Miramonte Elementary School teacher nearly a month ago with committing lewd acts in his classroom, the Los Angeles Unified School District has seen a flurry of arrests of school employees accused of inappropriate behavior with children. Over the last three weeks, six employees have been booked on suspicion of sex-related crimes, while several others have been pulled from the classroom amid investigations. The overwhelming media coverage after the arrest of Miramonte teacher Mark Berndt for allegedly spoon-feeding his semen to blindfolded children has intensified discussion among school officials, parents and children about abuse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
A Contra Costa County sex crimes prosecutor accused of raping a colleague during their lunch hour will not be recharged with the crime, a spokeswoman for Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris said Tuesday. A judge in October dismissed sexual assault charges against Contra Costa Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Gressett after determining that county and state prosecutors failed to inform a grand jury of potentially exculpatory evidence. The spokeswoman declined to comment on the decision. A junior prosecutor who worked with Gressett said he raped her in May 2008 in an assault that involved an ice pick, ice and handcuffs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2011 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
The sex crimes prosecutor was on his way to work when a police officer handcuffed him and told him he was under arrest — on suspicion of rape. A junior prosecutor told police that Contra Costa County Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Gressett, 54, had raped her during their lunch hour while he was awaiting a jury verdict in a molestation case he had tried. She said she had wanted sex but not the kind he had in mind. The two had had sexual contact at least once before, and she had described him to a friend as "pretty kinky," according to court records.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A Laguna Beach rug store owner accused of sexually assaulting a female customer in April 2010 and raping an employee a month later was arrested last week - nearly a year and a half after the incidents were reported and during which time he allegedly harassed a minor and attacked another woman. Saeid B. Maralan, 53, of Laguna Niguel, who is a registered sex offender, was taken into custody Thursday in connection with sex crimes involving four victims. Orange County prosecutors said Tuesday that he is charged with rape, attempted forcible rape, sexual penetration by a foreign object and distributing pornography to a minor.
NEWS
August 2, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
It should come as no surprise that crimes like rape and sexual assault affect more than physical well-being - they take a toll on victims' mental health as well. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. quantifies this, finding that women who experience gender-based violence are more than twice as likely as their peers to have some kind of mental disorder. The results are based on a nationwide survey of 4,451 Australian women conducted in 2007. Among them, 27% said they had been the victim of at least one instance of gender-based violence . More specifically, 14.7% of women had been sexually assaulted; 10% had been victims of stalking; 8.1% were raped and 7.8% had been badly beaten by a spouse or romantic partner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles police officer convicted of sexually assaulting one young woman and soliciting sex from another while on duty has been sentenced to 8 1/2 years in state prison. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Perry also ordered 10-year-veteran Russell Mecano to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Before sentencing Mecano on Thursday, Perry heard about the pain and anguish Mecano inflicted on a woman who was 18 at the time she was assaulted. She told the judge she had been the victim of a "senseless and heartless" crime that would affect her the rest of her life.
WORLD
December 16, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
After nine days in jail, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was granted bail Thursday in a politically charged case concerning alleged sex crimes in Sweden. A high-court judge in London upheld an earlier decision to allow Assange to remain free while he fights extradition to Sweden, where authorities want to question him over allegations of molestation, unlawful coercion and rape stemming from encounters he had with two women in August. Assange, 39, can now swap what his lawyer calls the "Dickensian conditions" of a south London jail for the tony comforts of a country mansion owned by a friend, where the high-court judge agreed that he could stay while out on bail.
WORLD
December 8, 2010 | Henry Chu
Julian Assange, the founder of the controversial WikiLeaks website, was arrested here Tuesday and ordered to remain in custody until a hearing next week on his possible extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations that he sexually assaulted two women. The jailing of Assange came as governments and businesses around the world continued their efforts to halt the ability of WikiLeaks to function. A Visa Europe spokesman said Tuesday that the firm was suspending its business with WikiLeaks, following in the footsteps of Amazon.
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