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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 | 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
March 8, 2011 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
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.
A former elementary school teacher and sheriff's deputy was ordered Monday to stand trial on suspicion of raping one woman and sexually assaulting two others over a 3 1/2-year time span. Edward Keith Culhane, 35, of Santa Clarita is accused of raping a then 17-year-old girl in June, 1990, when he was a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy. Prosecutors contend that Culhane gained the girl's trust by befriending her after a traffic stop and offering to help her write a college paper.
June 23, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
On the steps of the courthouse where a jury convicted Jerry Sandusky of sexually abusing young boys, Pennsylvania Atty.  Gen. Linda Kelly thanked the victims who faced a packed courthouse -- and  their attacker - to tell their stories. “The victims… have shown great strength and courage, candidly and sometimes chillingly telling their stories,” Kelly said. “Not only to the jury in a packed courtroom… but also to the entire world.” After 21 hours of deliberation at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., a jury of seven women and five men on Friday night convicted the former Penn State coach of 45 charges related to the sexual assault of 10 boys over a 15-year period.
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