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February 26, 2014 | By Jason Felch
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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February 19, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drugging and sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl, Riverside police said Wednesday night. The victim had run away from her home and was given a ride by a man in a car late last week, according to the Riverside Police Department. The suspect drove the girl to a secluded area and sexually assaulted her, police said. The man then drove the victim to a Corona hotel, police said, where she was given drugs and further sexually assaulted.
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February 14, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
Los Angeles prosecutors Friday charged ex-NFL star Darren Sharper with drugging and sexually assaulting two women and revealed he is under investigation for allegedly attacking at least five other women in three other states. Sharper was charged with seven rape and drug counts involving four women he allegedly met at a West Hollywood nightclub. Court documents revealed additional allegations in Las Vegas, New Orleans and Tempe, Ariz., that are all still under investigation. Los Angeles police Cmdr.
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February 14, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
Former NFL Pro Bowl player Darren Sharper was charged Friday with two counts of rape by use of drugs, Los Angeles County district attorney's officials said. Sharper, 38, is also facing four counts related to carrying or transporting the sedatives he allegedly used, including the drug zolpidem, or Ambien. He is also charged with one count of being in possession of morphine. The former pro football player, dressed in a gray suit and white shirt, entered the courtroom in Los Angeles on Friday shortly after it opened about 8:30 a.m. He left roughly 20 minutes later, and as of 9 a.m., his case had not been called before the judge.
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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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February 4, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
A Napa mother and her boyfriend accused of beating the woman's 3-year-old daughter to death did not enter pleas in court Tuesday after being charged with murder. Sara Krueger, 23, and Ryan Scott Warner, 26, were ordered to return to court Feb. 25 after Judge Michael Williams appointed lawyers to represent them, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. They were being held without bail in the death of Kayleigh Slusher . They admitted  to police that they hid the girl's body in a suitcase inside a freezer for three days, according to court documents released Tuesday.
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February 4, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A Napa woman arrested with her boyfriend on suspicion of killing her 3-year-old daughter allegedly told police officers they'd stored the body in a suitcase, and then a freezer, for three days before it was discovered. Kayleigh Slusher was found dead in her bed about 1 p.m. Saturday by officers conducting a welfare check in response to an anonymous tip, according to the Napa Police Department.  Her mother, Sara Krueger, 23, was reportedly seen leaving the area with Ryan Warner, 26, about three hours before police arrived.
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February 3, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Frank Shyong
Riverside County prosecutors filed felony sexual assault charges Monday against a former teacher and administrator who was investigated after one of her accusers went public in a YouTube video. Andrea Michelle Cardosa, 40, faces 16 counts involving aggravated sexual assault and lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, the Riverside County district attorney's office said. Cardosa was arrested on a $5-million warrant Monday evening in Perris, officials said, and was expected to be arraigned Thursday.
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February 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The mother of a 3-year-old girl who was found dead in her Napa apartment has been arrested along with her boyfriend. Kayleigh Slusher was found dead in her bed about 1 p.m. Saturday by officers conducting a welfare check in response to an anonymous tip, according to a news release from the Napa Police Department. Napa police said Kayleigh's body showed signs of blunt force trauma and there was "preliminary evidence of a sexual assault. " Her mother, Sara Krueger, 23, was reportedly seen leaving the area with 26-year-old Ryan Warner about three hours before police arrived.  After police released photos of the pair, they were spotted at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station the next day and arrested without incident.
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