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January 25, 2009
Re "Revisit Jessica's Law," editorial, Jan. 19 While California has gone to great expense to outfit all people on parole for sex offenses with GPS monitors, regardless of risk level, it has recently suspended all contracts with providers of specialized sex-offender treatment to parolees. In other words, one of the few proven tools for reducing recidivism among sex offenders has been sidelined because of the current budget crisis, while an outrageously expensive tactic that has not been shown to make a difference in recidivism has been generously funded.
April 21, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO-- California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg says he'll seek a state investigation into California's supervision of sex offenders that goes beyond the circumstances of two Orange County transients recently accused of killing multiple women while they were supervised by state and federal agents and tracked on electronic monitors. Steinberg's staff said Friday that the Sacramento Democrat planned Monday to formally request a probe by the Office of the Inspector General. However, speaking at a public policy forum Monday afternoon, Steinberg said his office is still drafting a call for an inquiry into the $63.5 million California spends each year supervising some 6,000 sex offenders with GPS monitors.
Lawrence Singleton, say his Florida prosecutors, killed a prostitute with a dozen enraged stabs of a boning knife. Mary Vincent is not surprised. He took her life 19 years ago. "He really did," she says with a slight shudder, with awful pain in her words. "He destroyed everything about me. My way of thinking. My way of life. Holding on to innocence . . . and I'm still doing everything I can to hold on." Singleton also devastated a young dream.
April 15, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
Two homeless sex offenders accused of killing four women in Orange County could face the death penalty after being charged with m urder in the commission of rape and lying in wait, authorities said. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were formally charged Monday , three days after they were arrested  in an industrial area of Anaheim not far from the trash-sorting facility where the body of 21-year-old Jarrae Nykkole Estepp was found last month on a conveyor belt.
March 9, 1999
Re "Mother of 3 Sentenced for Sex With Minor," Feb. 27: There exists a double standard in our local legal system that is shameful. Why did the district attorney's office allow a guilty plea, which provides for a mere 89-day sentence, just because the suspect was a woman and the victim a male? Had the roles been reversed, a 35-year-old male school coach and a 13-year-old female student, the suspect would be off to prison. Does a male coach-suspect suffer any less a "fall from grace" when caught in a similar situation?
May 25, 2012 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Brian Banks logged onto Facebook last year, and a new friend request startled him. It was the woman who, nearly a decade ago, accused him of rape when they were both students at Long Beach Poly High School. Banks had served five years in prison for the alleged rape, and now he was unemployed and weary. So he replied to Wanetta Gibson with a question: Would she meet with him and a private investigator? She agreed. At the meeting, which was secretly recorded, Gibson said she had lied.
February 21, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
A three-week-long manhunt across the West ended in Portland, Oregon on Friday evening with the arrest of a man who allegedly assaulted a woman and escaped from a police facility in Montana, officials said.  The fugitive, Kevin Anthony Briggs, 28, is believed to have spent part of that time hiding out in northern California, authorities said. Briggs was originally arrested in Bozeman, Montana on Feb. 1, but escaped from a police interview room there, authorities said. A manhunt for him was launched and he was described as armed, dangerous and possibly suicidal.
March 21, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A convicted sex offender was charged in Jefferson with killing a 71-year-old real estate agent whose body was found near a smoldering mattress in a home she had been showing him. The criminal complaint alleges that James A. Hole, 34, choked Ann B. Nelson with her scarf and beat her with a fireplace poker after she said something he didn't like, then set the house on fire.
October 29, 1985 | From Associated Press
A 29-year-old convicted sex offender from Riverside County was the fifth inmate of Folsom Prison to be stabbed to death this year by another prisoner. Officials said Monday that the victim's identity could not be released until relatives are notified. They said he was found in his cell by guards and was bleeding from head, chest and back wounds. He was dead on arrival at the infirmary. A weapon was found at the scene, but no suspect was immediately identified, officers said.
April 14, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
A pair of registered sex offenders now accused in a string of Orange County slayings had cut off their electronic monitoring devices in 2012 and fled to Nevada, where they stayed at the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, court records show. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 46, both had served prison time on sex crimes and pleaded guilty to failing to register as sex offenders when they were picked up two weeks later in Las Vegas, according to authorities and court records.
April 14, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Murder and rape charges were filed Monday against two registered sex offenders accused of killing four women who vanished from the streets of Orange County. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were formally charged Monday with murder in the commission of rape and lying in wait, accusations that would make them subject to the death penalty. Both have prior convictions, and have done time in prison for sex crimes against a child under the age of 14. The two transients were arrested Friday in an industrial area of Anaheim, not far from the trash-sorting facility where the body of 21-year-old Jarrae Nykkole Estepp was found last month on a conveyor belt.
April 13, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
The Orange County transients arrested on suspicion of killing four women are registered sex offenders and probationers who were living in Anaheim when the slayings occurred, according to interviews and court records. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were required to wear GPS devices and, as transients, had to check in with Anaheim police every 30 days, authorities said. Santa Ana and Anaheim police, who conducted a joint investigation, provided few details Sunday about the arrests, which left many unanswered questions.
April 13, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
Two transients arrested in Orange County on suspicion of killing four women were registered sex offenders who were required to wear electronic monitoring devices and check in with police every 30 days, according to law enforcement authorities and court records. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were arrested Friday evening in an industrial part of Anaheim, just blocks from the trash-sorting center where the body of one victim, Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, was found last month.
April 4, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
She was driven to a dark road in the desert in the back of patrol car. The sheriff's deputy parked in a secluded spot in Palmdale and told her to walk to the front of the car. It was there, the woman said Friday in court, that the L.A. County deputy raped her and changed her life forever. "You essentially murdered a part of me and I'll never be able to get it back," the victim tearfully said as she stared at her attacker, Jose Rigoberto Sanchez. "A police officer is supposed to serve and protect.
March 21, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
One of four gubernatorial candidates introduced to California Republicans recently is a registered sex offender who spent more than a decade in state prison, convicted of crimes including voluntary manslaughter and assault with intent to commit rape. Glenn Champ, 48, addressed hundreds of GOP delegates and supporters Sunday at the site of the state party's semi-annual convention. Introduced by party chairman Jim Brulte and allotted 10 minutes, Champ spoke in between the main GOP candidates, former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari and state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of San Bernardino County.
February 21, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Tony Perry
A convicted felon and registered sex offender wanted for alleged assaults remained on the loose Friday and may be hiding in Southern California on his way to Mexico, federal authorities warned. Kevin Anthony Briggs was arrested in Bozeman, Mont., on Feb. 1 on suspicion of assaulting a woman and a police officer but escaped, the FBI said. At the time, Briggs was on probation for illegal sexual intercourse, kidnapping and burglary. He was a college student studying chemical engineering.
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