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February 6, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
An Oxnard man was arrested on suspicion of knocking his wife unconscious in front of their two small children and sexually assaulting her, police said Thursday. The woman was being treated a local hospital, where she told investigators that her estranged husband,  had attacked her Wednesday at her Oxnard home, Det. Luis McArthur of the Oxnard Police Department said. The man "had been previously convicted on a domestic violence charge and served time in prison," McArthur said in a statement.
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April 21, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 34-year-old man has been charged in connection with the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in Claremont, police said Monday. The girl was attacked March 21 after the suspect entered her home while she was alone, according to the Claremont Police Department. Police said that evidence recovered at the scene led investigators to Joseph Chandler Davall, who lives in Yucca Valley. Davall was confronted Friday by officers who attempted a traffic stop. But he drove about a mile to his home and was arrested there.
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February 26, 2014 | By Jason Felch and Jason Song, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Thirty-one current and former UC Berkeley students filed two federal complaints against the university Wednesday alleging a decades-long pattern of mishandling sexual assault investigations by campus administrators. The complaints allege that officials for years have discouraged victims from reporting assaults, failed to inform them of their rights and led a biased judicial process that favored assailants' rights over those of their victims. The reports were filed with the U.S. Department of Education, which investigates violations of Title IX, the federal anti-discrimination law, and the Clery Act, a federal law that requires campuses to accurately report incidents of serious crimes, including sexual assault.
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April 20, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
Two boys were sexually assaulted in public bathrooms in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach, police said. Both incident occurred last week, and authorities are trying to determine whether they are connected. According to KTLA-Channel 5, a teenage boy reported entering a restroom at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach on Friday afternoon. A man forced him into a stall and fondled the boy's genitals, police said. On Wednesday at Hermosa Beach's Valley Park, a teen said a man physically overpowered and sexually assaulted him in the restroom there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1999
In response to "Cop Convicted, 3 Cleared in N.Y. Brutality Case" (June 9), regarding the police brutality case of Abner Louima, and as a 19-year-old female college student, I found Assistant U.S. Atty. Alan Vinegrad's beliefs on the assault very interesting. Many women must deal with the violation and humiliation of rape and brutality every day, yet when a man goes through the same, it is called "one of the most horrific sexual assaults in modern history." KENDRA NELSON Cardiff
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May 15, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Another day, another military sexual assault scandal. On Tuesday, a week after the Air Force announced its chief of sexual assault prevention had been arrested in Arlington, Va., on suspicion of drunkenly assaulting a woman in a parking lot, the Army announced that a sergeant first class who works in the sexual assault prevention office at Ft. Hood was under investigation for possible  sexual assault and pandering.   Pandering -- as in “pimping.” CNN reported that the sergeant is being investigated for possibly forcing a subordinate into prostitution, as well as sexually assaulting two others . After writing last week about the Pentagon's report on the dramatic increase in reports of sexual assault in the last two years, I went back and looked at some of the coverage of one of the most notorious sexual assault scandals in U.S. military history, which took place in 1991 at the annual gathering of the Tailhook Assn., a group of active and retired Navy flyers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
A California congresswoman announced plans Tuesday to introduce federal legislation to toughen laws against what she called an epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. In an appearance at UC Berkeley, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) said she would press for more aggressive action against sexual assault with increased funding for federal investigators, annual campus surveys and more comprehensive data on the outcomes of cases. She also said she would seek to require universities to interview students who file complaints of sexual misconduct, addressing widespread concerns about inadequate investigations.
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July 18, 2012 | By Austin Knoblauch
Kings defenseman Drew Doughty will not face sexual assault charges stemming from an alleged incident in March. Los Angeles County prosecutors announced Wednesday that because of a lack of  evidence, they will not pursue charges after the defenseman. A 25-year-old woman claimed she was raped by Doughty after they met at a bar near the Hermosa Beach Pier. The woman reported the alleged incident to Hermosa Beach police the same day, but detectives told The Times' Andrew Blankstein that they "found credibility problems" with her account.
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October 15, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Authorities have announced the arrest of a man suspected of  the Oct. 8 kidnapping and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in Cody, Wyo. Few details were available  Sunday. “The suspect and vehicle (white Toyota 4Runner) involved in the child abduction case in Cody has been captured,” the Wyoming Highway Patrol said on its   Facebook page . “Thank you for all of your assistance and information!” An FBI news release said that the man had been arrested in Belgrade, Mont., and that further details would be released at a Monday morning news conference at Cody City Hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | By Kate Mather
The family of a Bay Area 15-year-old who killed herself after photos circulated of her alleged sexual assault hope to bring about tougher legislation on cyberbullying, their attorney said Friday. "Audrie's Law" would also seek to strengthen laws on sexual assault to ensure adolescent suspects are tried as adults, attorney Robert Allard told The Times. "Her parents really want something positive to come from something like this," Allard said. On Thursday, authorities announced that three 16-year-old boys had been arrested on suspicion of sexually battering Audrie Pott, a Saratoga Union High School sophomore, according to reports.
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April 19, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
A California congresswoman has announced plans to introduce federal legislation to toughen laws against what she called an epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. In an appearance at UC Berkeley last week, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) said she would press for more aggressive action against sexual assault with increased funding for federal investigators, annual campus surveys and more comprehensive data on the outcomes of cases. She also said she would seek to require universities to interview students who file complaints of sexual misconduct, addressing widespread concerns about inadequate investigations.
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April 19, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A Westlake High School softball coach has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student athlete, authorities said. Thousand Oaks police received information about possible “unlawful sexual activities” on Wednesday and arrested Robert Garza, 37, the next afternoon, according to a police statement. Detectives said they believed the alleged incident involving Garza and a female student occurred off school grounds while students were on spring break.
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April 15, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
A California congresswoman announced plans Tuesday to introduce federal legislation to toughen laws against what she called an epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. In an appearance at UC Berkeley, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) said she would press for more aggressive action against sexual assault with increased funding for federal investigators, annual campus surveys and more comprehensive data on the outcomes of cases. She also said she would seek to require universities to interview students who file complaints of sexual misconduct, addressing widespread concerns about inadequate investigations.
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April 15, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department, under pressure from Congress to reexamine the way it handles sexual assault cases, announced Tuesday a comprehensive review of the entire military justice system. "It's been over 30 years since the military code of justice was reviewed. It's simply time," said Lt. Col. J. Todd Breasseale, a Pentagon spokesman. "Sexual assault will certainly be part of the compendium of issues that will be looked at, but it's by no means the sole issue. " Members of Congress and women's groups have been strongly critical of how the military handles sexual assault cases, particularly the authority that military officers have to overturn the convictions of those under their command.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Former NFL player Darren Sharper is slated for a hearing next week in Phoenix to decide whether he can continue to be held in a Los Angeles County jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women in Tempe last year. The Arizona charges are the latest against the Super Bowl-winning safety who has been charged with sexually assaulting four women and is under investigation in connection with another four assaults on women across several states. Los Angeles prosecutors initially charged Sharper, 38, with two rape and five drug counts, alleging he drugged and attacked two women he met at a West Hollywood club in two separate incidents.
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April 8, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Corona police Tuesday night were looking for a man armed with a knife who sexually assaulted a 34-year-old woman. The assault took place April 4 as the woman was getting out her car at a Walmart store in 400 block of North McKinley Avenue, the Corona Police Department said. The man approached the woman, asking for spare change. When the victim reached into her car, police said, the suspect brandished a knife and forced the woman to drive to a secluded area in Riverside County.
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August 16, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
Police have identified a suspect in a sexual assault and an attempted sexual assault that occurred during two separate home invasions this year in Costa Mesa. Thomas Walker, a 46-year-old transient, allegedly sexually assaulted a woman at knife point and attempted to sexually assault another in two incidents less than a month apart, the Costa Mesa Police Department said. Walker has a long criminal background, police said, but had been out of jail at the time of the alleged crimes in January and February.
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April 7, 2014 | By Jack Leonard and Ani Ucar
A former patient at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center accused the hospital of negligence in a lawsuit filed Monday in which she said she was sexually assaulted last year by a certified nursing assistant after she underwent surgery. The woman alleged in the suit that the hospital failed to adequately respond to complaints of sexual assaults that accused the same employee dating back more than a decade. In addition, the patient said Cedars-Sinai never interviewed her or took any effort to investigate after she reported the assault to the hospital June 13. Her lawsuit said she made several attempts to speak to someone at Cedars-Sinai before being told that the employee had been fired and that she could report the matter to police if she wanted further action taken.
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