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May 10, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
The investigation this week of a high school student in San Bernardino County for allegedly posting photos of nude underage girls on social media shed light on a problem that law enforcement says is widespread. About a year ago, as many as four teenage boys who were friends and played on a high school sports team were arrested in the San Fernando Valley for selling digital albums with images of naked juvenile girls, said Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Andrea Grossman, commander of the regional Internet Crimes Against Children task force.
June 13, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Orange County authorities are seeking any additional alleged victims of a longtime baseball coach accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to two teenage boys. The district attorney's office said Edwin Alan Wikstrom, 53, of Anaheim was to be arraigned Thursday on two felony counts of distributing pornography to a minor. He was being held in Orange County Central Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. Wikstrom has been a baseball coach in Anaheim and Lakewood for more than 30 years, authorities said.
June 7, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Mommy's all right. Daddy's all right. They're just sending each other sext messages. Surrender. A new survey released Thursday shows one in five parents are getting frisky via their phones and are sending sext messages. And they aren't alone. One in five Americans say they use their phones to send explicit text messages. More disturbingly, one in 10 baby boomers, which would be those 55 years and older, are using their phones to be naughty. "More people than you'd imagine are using their phones to sext," a release for the report said.
May 22, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose once-shining political career collapsed after lewd online relationships with women forced him to resign from Congress two years ago, entered New York's mayoral race Wednesday with promises to make the city "the middle-class capital of the world. " Weiner made his announcement via a video posted on YouTube overnight, ensuring he would not be subjected to the heckling that erupted when he held a news conference to announce his resignation in June 2011.
August 30, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Fry's Electronics will pay $2.3 million to settle a lawsuit from the federal government -- one of the largest of its kind -- alleging that the retailer retaliated against a supervisor who reported a sexual harassment claim. Ka Lam, a supervisor at the chain's Renton, Wash., store was fired after alerting supervisors to inappropriate behavior toward one of his young employees, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. America Rios, a then-20-year-old sales associate, told Lam that an assistant store manager was frequently sending her sexually charged text messages propositioning her and commenting on her body while inviting her to his house to drink, according to a lawsuit the EEOC filed against Fry's.
May 18, 2010 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
With his gaze fixed on a tiny screen, hearing plugged by earbuds and fingers flying, the average teenager may look like a disaster in the making: socially stunted, terminally distracted and looking for trouble. But look beyond the dizzying array of beeping, buzzing devices and the incessant multitasking, say psychologists, and today's digital kids may not be such a disaster after all. Far from hampering adolescents' social skills or putting them in harm's way, as many parents have feared, electronics appear to be the path by which children today develop emotional bonds, their own identities, and an ability to communicate and work with others.
June 16, 2011 | By Tina Susman and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from New York and Washington Over howls from hecklers and cheers from die-hard fans, Rep. Anthony Weiner resigned from Congress in a brief and raucous news conference that raised more questions than it answered, from the future prospects for the fallen Democratic star and his district to the whereabouts of his wife, who was a no-show as her husband's sexting scandal cost him his job. Ten days after confessing that he had sent sexually...
July 24, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Carlos Danger was the youngest candidate in history to be elected to the New York City Council, then won seven campaigns for a congressional seat until a sexting scandal forced him into an early and unwanted retirement. Now he wants your vote for mayor of New York City because he is the candidate of contrition and advocate of middle-class values. Oh wait, that isn't Carlos Danger at all. That is the biography of his avatar in the real world, Anthony Weiner. And as the movie “The Matrix” long ago showed, the line between the real world and what is perceived to be the real world may be nothing more than a blur or a wish.
December 4, 2011 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
Josh Grabelle did what any responsible label head would when he found out one of the artists on his roster at Bullet Tooth Records was pictured naked online. Grabelle warned the young drummer, then sent a cease-and-desist letter to Hunter Moore, the owner of the amateur nudity site, Is Anyone Up? "These are good, wholesome Christian kids," Grabelle said. "[The drummer] was freaked out. I was freaked out. The kid is 19. " Grabelle finally got the photos removed and was prepared to do the same for the two other Bullet Tooth acts that appeared on the site, but to Grabelle's surprise, his artists said don't bother.
June 20, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey
New York Rep. Anthony Weiner has submitted his letter of resignation, ending -- he hopes -- the sexting scandal that put the brakes on the Democrat's career. Weiner's letter was received by House leaders Monday, four days after he announced he would step down. The missive was addressed to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York Secretary of State Cesar Perales. House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were copied. Photos: Rep. Weiner sexting scandal The usually long-winded Weiner kept it short: "I hereby resign as a member of the House of Representatives for the New York's Ninth Congressional District effective midnight Tuesday, June 21, 2011.
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