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January 20, 1988
A criminal defense attorney has been acquitted of charges he conspired to sexually exploit minors through the use of nude photographs that girls sent to him and his client. Ben Sanchez Jr., 49, was found innocent Friday of 12 counts of conspiracy, sexual exploitation of minors, distributing nude photos of a minor and mail fraud. His attorney, Gene Iredale, said Tuesday the government filed charges against him because he was a criminal defense attorney.
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August 27, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Is it because she came of age as Disney's Hannah Montana , the country girl with the secret career as a pop star, and we just can't stand it when child stars grow up? Is it because she is a young white woman who appropriated a piece of black culture to convey her urban bona fides onstage? (Hello every white rock star who ever lived.) Or maybe because stars in the audience seemed unengaged by her antics? PHOTOS: Best and Worst of MTV VMAs 2013 It's not exactly clear why 20-year-old Miley Cyrus' grinding medley of “We Can't Stop” and “Blurred Lines” on Sunday night at MTV's Video Music Awards pushed so many cultural buttons.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
A former USC professor was named Monday to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted fugitives list after he was indicted for sex crimes against children abroad, FBI officials said. Walter Lee Williams, 64, became the 500th person named to the list, officials said. He faces charges of sexual exploitation of children, traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. Bureau officials said they had identified at least 10 alleged victims between the ages of 9 and 17. Many live in Third World countries, officials said, adding that Williams has traveled extensively or lived across Southeast Asia and Polynesia, including the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A former USC professor who was indicted in sex crimes against children overseas was expected to arrive in Los Angeles as early as Wednesday night after he was captured in a coastal town in Mexico, federal authorities said. Walter Lee Williams, 64, who was added this week to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted fugitives list, was apprehended Tuesday after he was spotted by a Mexican citizen who had seen the fugitive's photo in a newspaper, said Bill Lewis, FBI assistant director in charge in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2011 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Kevin Brown, a South Los Angeles physician and son of a former premier of Bermuda, was found guilty Monday on 21 charges related to sexual assaults on nine female patients, including a 15-year-old and an undercover police officer. Brown was found guilty on counts that included sexual battery by fraud, sexual exploitation by a physician and lewd act upon a child. The jury deadlocked on eight other charges. As Los Angeles County Superior Judge Michael E. Pastor read the verdicts, Brown shook his head incredulously and looked back several times at family members seated in the second row, including his father, former Bermuda Premier Ewart Brown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1990
A 54-year-old man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for producing sexually explicit videotapes and photos of children and for trying to bring the materials into the United States, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. U.S. District Judge William Enright sentenced Richard Helwig, 54, of San Francisco, to the 14-year term on Tuesday, Asst. U.S. Atty. Joan P. Weber said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A San Bernardino County man who authorities said was stopped at the Mexican border with a 5-year-old boy on his lap pleaded not guilty in federal court Tuesday to charges of sexual exploitation of a child, transportation of child pornography and kidnapping, a spokeswoman with the U.S. attorney's office in San Diego said. Earl Venton Buchanan, 62, of Bloomington was arrested July 3 in Calexico.
NEWS
March 31, 1987 | United Press International
A former nun was charged today with disorderly conduct for taking an ax to a snow sculpture of a reclining woman dressed in a spray-painted bikini. The police officer who arrested Kathleen Zanio, 43, quoted her as saying she was upset "because the snow sculpture was fat and had very large breasts." "She felt it was like exposing her own breasts and she chopped off the parts she didn't like," the officer said.
NEWS
October 3, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
The House approved legislation today restricting federal assistance for art "considered obscene," a compromise that averted stricter prohibitions sought by conservatives. On a 381-41 vote, the lawmakers sent a spending bill containing the language to the Senate, which is considered likely to accept it. The art provision, worked out by House-Senate negotiators last week, represents a dilution of a measure sought by Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2011 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles man faces several criminal charges stemming from his arrest last week on suspicion of forcing a child into prostitution and sexually assaulting her, police said. LAPD officers and FBI agents took Michael Vincent Pree, 23, into custody Dec. 21. He is accused of having sex with a 12-year-old girl repeatedly over the course of a week and forcing her to work as a prostitute during the same period, according to information released by police Monday. Pree allegedly committed the crimes earlier this year, although authorities did not specify the date.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
A former USC professor was named Monday to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted fugitives list after he was indicted for sex crimes against children abroad, FBI officials said. Walter Lee Williams, 64, became the 500th person named to the list, officials said. He faces charges of sexual exploitation of children, traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. Bureau officials said they had identified at least 10 alleged victims between the ages of 9 and 17. Many live in Third World countries, officials said, adding that Williams has traveled extensively or lived across Southeast Asia and Polynesia, including the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2012 | Sandy Banks
Two years ago, Los Angeles County probation officer Michelle Guymon was asked to help child abuse experts study human trafficking. She imagined a globe-trotting break from 23 years in the trenches managing law-breaking teens. "I figured I'd be traveling the world," she said. But Guymon never left home. The human trafficking victims she studied were local girls forced into sex - not much different from the hundreds she'd encountered in juvenile hall, locked up and punished for working the streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2011 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles man faces several criminal charges stemming from his arrest last week on suspicion of forcing a child into prostitution and sexually assaulting her, police said. LAPD officers and FBI agents took Michael Vincent Pree, 23, into custody Dec. 21. He is accused of having sex with a 12-year-old girl repeatedly over the course of a week and forcing her to work as a prostitute during the same period, according to information released by police Monday. Pree allegedly committed the crimes earlier this year, although authorities did not specify the date.
OPINION
September 22, 2011 | Meghan Daum
Perhaps it's been brought to your attention that this is a big week for retrograde representations of women on television. Monday marked the premiere of NBC's "The Playboy Club," a noir-ish look at Hugh Hefner's flagship Chicago club in 1963, and Sunday will see the launch of ABC's "Pan Am," a stylish, soapy paean to those proto-feminist archetypes known as stewardesses. With their curling cigarette smoke and hourglass-shaped, not-necessarily-Pilates-toned actresses, these shows suggest we're in a moment not just of "Mad Men" withdrawal (it won't be back until March)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2011 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Kevin Brown, a South Los Angeles physician and son of a former premier of Bermuda, was found guilty Monday on 21 charges related to sexual assaults on nine female patients, including a 15-year-old and an undercover police officer. Brown was found guilty on counts that included sexual battery by fraud, sexual exploitation by a physician and lewd act upon a child. The jury deadlocked on eight other charges. As Los Angeles County Superior Judge Michael E. Pastor read the verdicts, Brown shook his head incredulously and looked back several times at family members seated in the second row, including his father, former Bermuda Premier Ewart Brown.
WORLD
February 27, 2010 | By Edmund Sanders
Many Israelis pride themselves on a kind of European sophistication when it comes to public sex scandals: For the most part, they shrug them off. But those limits are being tested by a brewing controversy concerning an Orthodox rabbi who has been accused by a nongovernmental religious organization of sexually exploiting male students. Rabbi Mordechai Elon, 50, a popular spiritual figure from a prominent family, has not been charged with any crime, and no evidence has emerged that any of the students allegedly involved were under age 18, according to police and child-protection advocates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1993 | Dana Parsons
The basement of First Presbyterian Church in Anaheim is a long way from free-lance journalist Maureen Seneviratne's home in Sri Lanka. And since much of her work in recent years has involved researching child prostitution in her small island country, she confessed to some relief at being able to put some miles between home and her current speaking tour in America. As we talked for 45 minutes or so in the church basement, I was probably doing some distancing myself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2008 | associated press
A man who was arrested returning to the United States from Mexico with a young boy has pleaded guilty on a child pornography charge. The U.S. attorney's office in San Diego said Earl Venton Buchanan, 65, admitted in federal court Wednesday that he produced a video of himself molesting a child in the bedroom of his home in Bloomington, near Los Angeles. Buchanan faces between 15 and 30 years in prison when he is sentenced March 2 for sexual exploitation of a child. He was arrested in July 2006 crossing the border in Calexico.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
When producers Roland Emmerich and Rosilyn Heller set out to make the film "Trade," a harrowing account of an international sex-trafficking ring, they knew there would be obstacles to overcome. First, questions were raised about the source material for the movie: a 2004 New York Times Magazine exposé on sex trafficking whose author, Peter Landesman, found himself defending his five-month investigation from critics in the blogosphere.
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