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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.
September 7, 2010 | By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau
One by one, Border Patrol agents took the witness stand in the federal courthouse here last week to testify against a fellow officer, their faces creased with anguish. By their accounts, Agent Jesus Enrique Diaz Jr., a husband and father with seven years on the job, tortured a 16-year-old drug smuggler two years ago by wrenching his handcuffed arms upward as he pressed a knee into his back. In an effort to make the boy reveal where he had hidden marijuana bundles near the Rio Grande, Diaz also kicked him and dropped him face-first on the ground, agents testified.
August 11, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Pope Benedict XVI has rejected the resignations of two Irish bishops who came under heavy pressure to step down in the wake of a damning report on clerical sex abuse in Dublin, Irish media reports said Wednesday. Auxiliary bishops Raymond Field and Eamonn Walsh tendered their resignations in December after a government-backed investigation found evidence of widespread cover-ups involving cases of priestly abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese from the 1970s through the 1990s. The report caused an uproar in Ireland and deepened public disillusionment with the once-dominant Roman Catholic Church.
June 6, 2010 | By Owen Hill, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Dark End of the Street New Stories of Sex and Crime by Today's Top Authors Edited by Jonathan Santlofer and S.J. Rozan Illustrations by Jonathan Santlofer Bloomsbury: 292 pp., $16 paper To a fan, there's nothing like a good mystery anthology. These books have a box-of-chocolates quality that allows us to pick and choose or plow right through. Read your favorite author in the collection? Or save that story until the end? Choosing is part of the fun. Also, a good anthology can introduce us to writers we did not previously know.
April 13, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy
People convicted of sex crimes against minors would face longer prison sentences and more time on parole under a proposal made Monday in response to the slaying of 17-year-old Chelsea King in San Diego County. The man charged with killing the Poway High School student had been on parole until 2008, after serving five years in prison for molesting a 13-year-old girl. "These offenders cannot be rehabilitated," said Brent King, Chelsea's father, at an emotional Capitol news conference.
February 19, 2010 | By Corina Knoll
Rep. Judy Chu (D-El Monte) e-mailed a letter this week to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office requesting a review of all rape cases submitted for prosecution in 2009 by the West Covina Police Department. Addressed to Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley, the letter asks the office to look into allegations of misconduct by West Covina authorities to ensure that proper investigative procedures were followed. The letter came after a series of articles ran in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune about sex crimes investigator Tyler Kennedy, who recently was suspended over allegations of sexual harassment of an alleged rape victim.
October 25, 2009 | Associated Press
A former high school teacher in Orange County is free on $50,000 bond and faces charges of having sex with a student and vandalizing his car. Naomi Perez, 33, of Brea will be arraigned Monday on three felony counts of sex-related crimes and a misdemeanor charge of vandalism. The alleged victim is now 18. The relationship was discovered after the youth reported that his car was vandalized. Perez was fired from Saddleback High on Oct. 13. If convicted, she faces up to four years and four months in prison.
October 9, 2009 | John M. Glionna
A series of highly publicized child rape cases in which the defendants were widely seen as receiving lenient sentences has outraged South Koreans, who have called for tougher penalties for sex crimes, including the castration of repeat offenders. The most prominent case involves a 57-year-old habitual offender sentenced to 12 years for raping a first-grader and flushing detergent into her body to destroy evidence of the crime. Prosecutors had sought life imprisonment in the attack, which left the girl with severe intestinal damage.
September 1, 2009 | Victoria Kim
Celebrity fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander was sentenced to 59 years to life in prison Monday afternoon for sexually assaulting seven young women and girls he enticed with the promise of modeling jobs. Alexander, acting as his own attorney, presented a lengthy argument asking for a new trial because of juror and prosecutorial misconduct. He also alleged inadequate defense by his former attorneys. Judge David Wesley denied the request. Alexander stared ahead blankly as Wesley handed down the sentence.
April 11, 2009 | Hector Becerra
John Malburg, the 40-year-old scion of the family that founded the tiny, cloistered industrial city of Vernon, was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually molesting one boy and videotaping another one for commercial purposes.
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