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January 31, 2009 | Jack Leonard
A former Los Angeles priest at the center of Cardinal Roger Mahony's unsuccessful attempts to keep archdiocese personnel records from county prosecutors was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for molesting a young boy two decades ago. George Miller, 70, pleaded guilty in December to molesting the child between 1988 and 1989 and admitted to sexually abusing at least three other boys after the archdiocese received its first complaint about him in 1977.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2009 | Jason Song
A high school basketball coach was charged Friday with crimes for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old girl. Erik Ross, 43, an assistant boys' basketball coach at Franklin High School, was arrested Wednesday by Glendale police and charged with 12 crimes. He also coached a girls' youth basketball team, and the alleged victim was a member of an opposing squad. She was not a student at Franklin. -- Jason Song
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2008 | Louis Sahagun
A city police officer suspected of committing sex crimes while on duty and in uniform has been released from custody on $50,000 bail, authorities said. Robert A. Forman, 38, was arrested Wednesday at the Riverside Police Department's Orange Street Station and booked on two counts of oral copulation involving a public official and one count of sexual battery, Lt. Robert Meier said in a prepared statement. The alleged incidents occurred between February and April, Meier said, according to three separate victims who said Forman approached them while performing his patrol duties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2008 | Ruben Vives, Times Staff Writer
What began as just an odd sight in Boyle Heights -- a man walking down the sidewalk in a hospital gown -- ended with the man's arrest on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender 36 years ago. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollenbeck Division were driving near Marengo and State streets Saturday afternoon when they spotted Charles Franklin McDuffy, 64, in a hospital gown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2008 | Mike Anton
A former supervisor at the Orange County animal shelter has been convicted of sexually assaulting six female jail inmates who were working at the shelter to fulfill their sentences. Frank Martin Bojorquez Jr., 55, of Orange had the women assigned to duties in isolated areas of the shelter where he assaulted them in 2004 and 2005, prosecutors said. The women, all nonviolent offenders who didn't know one another, testified at the trial that they said nothing at the time of the assaults because they feared how Bojorquez could influence their jail time, prosecutors said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2008 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
A Van Nuys jury Wednesday ordered the death penalty for a handyman convicted of sexually assaulting three women, including a grandmother whom he killed and whose body he dumped in a desolate area of Palm Springs. The decision comes less than a week after Paul Wesley Baker, 47, disrupted the death penalty portion of his trial when he smeared his feces over his face and had to be temporarily removed from the courtroom, authorities said. Deputy Dist. Atty.
WORLD
April 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Israel's former president, Moshe Katsav, called off a plea bargain that would have required him to admit sexual misconduct to avoid jail time. Katsav appeared in a Jerusalem court and unexpectedly said he was rejecting the deal because he wanted to clear his name. The move was a gamble. Under the plea deal, which Katsav had previously accepted, prosecutors would have dropped the most serious charges against him and the former president would have avoided jail. Katsav, 62, stepped down in late June after four female former employees accused him of a series of sex crimes, including rape, assault and harassment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2008 | Jason Song
The Los Angeles Unified School District board agreed Tuesday night to consider a resolution to review its employee sexual misconduct policies. The measure calls for a review of all current student sexual abuse allegations, establishes a task force to determine if any additional policies are needed and calls on the district to begin negotiating information-sharing agreements with the Los Angeles Police Department and other law enforcement agencies....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2008 | Nardine Saad
A trial began Monday at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana for an Orange County animal-shelter supervisor accused of sexually assaulting six female inmates who were working at the shelter to reduce their sentences, officials said. Frank Martin Bojorquez Jr., 53, of Orange is charged with seven felony counts of sexual assault, one misdemeanor count of sexual battery and six misdemeanor counts of a detention facility employee engaging in sexual acts with confined consenting adults.
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March 18, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Mohave County Atty. Matt Smith filed a motion to dismiss two of 10 sexual assault charges against polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs because an alleged victim refuses to testify. Smith said that he received a letter from the woman's attorney explaining that she doesn't want to take the stand against Jeffs, the president, or prophet, of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. "She does not want to have to deal with all the family and community pressures to be involved in this case," Smith said.
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