CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1996 |
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.
March 17, 2000 |
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.
July 8, 1998 |
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.
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?
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.
February 10, 1998 |
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 |
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.
March 8, 2011 |
A former employee of the troubled Los Angeles clothing firm American Apparel Inc. accused the company's chairman and chief executive, Dov Charney, in a lawsuit of holding her captive and forcing her to perform sexual acts. The suit, filed in a New York trial court in Brooklyn, seeks $250 million in damages. It accuses Charney of sexual harassment, retaliation, gender discrimination and creating a hostile workplace. The suit also accuses the company's other eight board members of failing to protect the employee, Irene Morales, from an executive they should have known was a "sexual predator.
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.
September 16, 2010 |
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.