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January 22, 1996 | GLORIA ALLRED and LISA BLOOM, Gloria Allred is a partner in the law firm of Allred, Maroko & Goldberg. Lisa Bloom, an associate with the firm, represents survivors of rape and child sexual abuse
Should citizens have the right to know if a convicted sexual predator is living in their neighborhood? While most people would probably say "yes," many would be surprised to learn that California law currently prohibits local police departments from telling the public if a convicted sexual offender (other than a child molester) has registered with law enforcement and where he is residing.
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June 28, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four convicted sex offenders who have served their prison sentences remained in custody Thursday as an Orange County judge rejected a request by defense attorneys to strike down the state's controversial new "sexual predator" law as unconstitutional. Prosecutors contend the four inmates--three of whom committed crimes against children--are still dangerous, and have petitioned to confine the prisoners to state mental hospitals for treatment. Superior Court Judge David O.
NEWS
March 17, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved a measure to eliminate the current statute of limitations on rape cases in which DNA evidence identifies a suspect. The change would be a major departure from California's six-year limit on prosecution of rape cases. AB 1742 would require a suspect identified through DNA testing to be prosecuted within one year of the test. Assemblyman Lou Correa (D-Anaheim), author of the bill, sees it as a necessary step in an age of advancing forensic technology.
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July 8, 1998 | Reuters
A sex offender whose name, photograph and address were publicized under the provisions of Megan's Law was found hanging from a tree in a suspected suicide, Santa Rosa police said Tuesday. The body of Michael Patton, 42, was found dangling from a redwood tree Sunday morning, five days after his neighbors in this town about 50 miles north of San Francisco were warned that Patton was a known sexual predator.
NEWS
January 20, 2002
Re "O.C Judge Faces Additional Molestation Charge," Jan. 1: What is perplexing is that if convicted of the additional child molestation charge, this trusted public servant would be subject to a maximum state prison term of only 14 years? How is it that a nonviolent, albeit recidivist offender, who pilfers vitamins and videotapes to support a drug habit, can receive life in prison while a sexual predator who would use a position of trust to prey upon our youth receives any kind of release date at all?
NEWS
February 10, 1998 | From Associated Press
The Army's former top enlisted man propositioned her while his wife sat at the bedside of their dying son, a female sergeant testified Monday in the sexual-misconduct trial of Sgt. Maj. Gene C. McKinney. McKinney's invitation followed months of pressure for sex that included cornering her in his Pentagon office and warning her that he was "a powerful man that makes things happen, good and bad," Sgt. Christine Fetrow said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling Ronald Steven Herrera a "poster child" for the state's sexual predator act, a Ventura County prosecutor told jurors Wednesday that the convicted rapist needs further psychological treatment and should be locked up at a mental institution for at least two more years. "You will be convinced he represents a significant danger to the public if released," Deputy Dist. Atty. Maeve Fox said in opening statements of Herrera's commitment hearing.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2010 | By Ada Calhoun, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Parents, beware! The children of America are sneaking onto your laptops and borrowing your iPhones to watch an addictive, viral video campaign. Fortunately, the purveyor of these videos is neither a political extremist nor a sexual predator, but instead a cheerful, ambitious teenager from the Midwest named Lucas Cruikshank. A 17-year-old high school junior, Cruikshank lives with his large, happy family in Nebraska. For the last few years, he has been posting homemade videos to YouTube as his alter ego, an insane 6-year-old named Fred Figglehorn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2000
Receiving one of the longest prison terms handed down in Los Angeles County, a convicted sexual predator was sentenced Tuesday to 936 years for kidnapping a 12-year-old girl from her Pomona home last Halloween and sexually assaulting her. Pomona Superior Court Judge David S. Milton agreed with a prosecutor's recommendation that William Robert Riley, 40, of West Covina, should receive the term under California's three-strikes law, as well as a law targeting habitual sex offenders.
OPINION
May 19, 2011
France is reeling over the shocking arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the International Monetary Fund chief who had been considered a front-runner to replace the unpopular Nicolas Sarkozy as the nation's president, on attempted rape and other charges after he allegedly assaulted a maid in a $3,000-a-night New York hotel suite. Amid the allegations from Strauss-Kahn's supporters that he was framed, and the Gallic disdain for the American media's salacious treatment of a man who has not been convicted of any crime, the case is prompting a good deal of hand-wringing across the pond about the code of silence that protects French politicians from scrutiny into their private lives.
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