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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2000
"Slamming Door on Predators" (May 2) examines the problem of releasing sexual predators, child molesters and rapists from prison when they finish their sentences. No institution and no open society wants them because the risk of re-offense is so high. There is a good solution. Why not use one of the largely uninhabited Channel Islands as a permanent residence for these dregs of humanity? At comparatively little cost, an island could be made habitable, and the wide Pacific moat would ensure security.
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WORLD
February 5, 2014 | By Tom Kington
ROME - The Roman Catholic Church has "systematically" protected predator priests, allowing tens of thousands of children to be abused, a United Nations committee said Wednesday in a scathing report that cast the first shadow over Pope Francis' honeymoon period as pontiff. The panel called on the Vatican to remove all suspects from their posts immediately and to open its confidential archives "to hold abusers accountable. " "The committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by and the impunity of the perpetrators," the report says.
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SPORTS
April 10, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Sue Paterno, the widow of Joe Paterno, says she and her husband were ignorant about sexual predators like Jerry Sandusky. "We were among those who were ignorant of the magnitude of the problem," Sue Paterno said Wednesday at a Child Abuse Prevention Month breakfast sponsored by the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance in Harrisburg, Pa. The Paternos' son, Jay Paterno, also spoke, saying, "I worked with Jerry Sandusky for several years....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2013 | By Tony Perry
San Diego County prosecutors are attempting to keep one of the region's most infamous rapists in custody even though he has served 25 years in prison and is set for parole. At a Superior Court hearing Friday, the judge set a Dec. 19 hearing on whether Alvin Ray Quarles should be released or determined to be a "sexually violent predator" and sent to a state hospital for sex offenders until he is judged to no longer be a threat to the public. "Protecting our community from sexually violent predators is a priority for the D.A.'s office and we're working diligently to have this defendant committed to a state hospital for an indeterminate term," district attorney's spokesman Steve Walker said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2012 | By Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times
The Boy Scouts of America has announced it will review more than a half-century of its confidential files on alleged sexual predators and will inform law enforcement of any cases it had not previously disclosed. The unprecedented review will examine about 5,000 cases dating from the 1950s to the present in which Scouting employees or volunteers were suspected of molesting children and were expelled from the organization, officials said. The announcement came nine days after The Times published an investigation that found Scouting officials did not report to police hundreds of cases of alleged sexual abuse between 1970 and 1991, allowing many suspected predators to resign quietly or under false pretenses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1997 | ZAHIDA HAFEEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Anthony Martinez of Beaumont was abducted and molested in April, his killer enticed the 10-year-old by asking him to look for a lost cat. Sex crime experts immediately recognized a pattern: Asking for the child's help is the most common lure child molesters use. With 70,000 registered sex offenders in California--3,132 in Orange County alone--investigators and community education experts decided parents should be warned about techniques molesters use to attract children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1995
Gov. Pete Wilson is scheduled to sign legislation today at a ceremony in Covina to keep repeat sex offenders off the streets for at least two years beyond their prison terms. Wilson will sign the two "sexual predator" bills into law in front of Covina's Police Department on Citrus Avenue next to Central Park, where 3,000 residents held a candlelight vigil last November to oppose the release of convicted serial rapist Reginald D. Muldrew.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1999 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sitting at his desk in the back corner of the Oxnard police station, Det. Mike Adair leans close to his computer screen to ponder the question. "Will you be my cyberslave?" The message is not intended for the 32-year-old detective, but for the 13-year-old girl Adair pretends to be while trolling for sex offenders on the Internet. It doesn't take much to get their attention.
OPINION
November 6, 2010
Before parents shudder at the thought of sex offenders now being allowed to live within 2,000 feet of schools and parks, they should remember the utter lack of evidence that the restriction ever kept a child from being molested. Sexual predators don't stick to a half-mile radius when it comes to finding victims. And making them homeless, as Jessica's Law sometimes did, is more dangerous to the public. That's why Thursday's Superior Court ruling that found sections of the law unconstitutional isn't just good news for ex-convicts trying to find a place in society; it's better for society too. "It's harder to protect the public when he is homeless," a Ventura County prosecutor told The Times three years ago, when a molester there was unable to find housing.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Federal law gives MySpace.com immunity from a lawsuit over the alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl by a man she met on the social networking website, a federal appeals court ruled. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that a Texas girl's family filed against MySpace and its parent company, News Corp. The family said MySpace didn't protect young users from sexual predators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Los Angeles-based agents hope a new mobile app launched by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will help them track down a child sexual predator seen in recently found videos, officials said Thursday. The case is among the initial investigations featured on ICE's publicly available Operation Predator app, which launched Thursday morning. Deemed the "first of its kind in U.S. federal law enforcement," the app provides information about suspected child sexual predators in hopes of generating tips leading to their arrests, ICE officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a last-ditch bid to stop the release of a serial rapist to Los Angeles County, clearing the way for Christopher Hubbart to be freed once suitable housing has been found. The justices rejected without comment Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey's request for a new hearing on whether Hubbart, 62, should be released in Santa Clara County, where he committed his most recent crimes, rather than Los Angeles. Hubbart, who has spent nearly two decades in a state mental hospital, admitted sexually assaulting more than three dozen women throughout California between 1971 and 1982, according to the district attorney's office.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2013 | By Alexander Nazaryan
Eight years ago, a New York journalist named Peter Braunstein, then 41, forced his way into the apartment of a 34-year-old Manhattan woman by pretending to be a firefighter. He proceeded to drug the woman, a former colleague, and sexually assault her for more than 12 hours. Now, as he serves a lengthy prison sentence in upstate New York, Braunstein is apparently upset that corrections officials there are not allowing him to read Jaycee Dugard's “A Stolen Life,” the 2011 memoir of a young woman's kidnapping and 18-year imprisonment by a California couple, Phillip and Nancy Garrido, which ended in 2009.
OPINION
May 15, 2013
Re "A posthumous fall from grace," May 12 On the one hand, men like Cardinal Roger Mahony and the late Msgr. Benjamin Hawkes, who was accused posthumously of sex abuse, seemed to be just the men to act in the best interests of the Los Angeles archdiocese at a time of a rapid expansion of the Catholic population. On the other, they were unable to resist profound moral pitfalls while working to meet those needs. Mahony is trying to reinstate himself as a moral leader after having been exposed as a protector of sexual predators.
SPORTS
April 11, 2013 | By David Wharton
Good thing Augusta National doesn't have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to bullying. In a column on the Sky Sports website , Colin Montgomerie suggests that Tiger Woods had been trying to intimidate the rest of the field "into early submission" with his news conference chatter before Thursday's first round of the 77th Masters. Woods has seemed especially upbeat, clearly pleased to have regained the No. 1 spot in the world and saying that, at 37, he has a lot of good years ahead of him. "Is it false -- is it all part of the psychology?"
SPORTS
April 10, 2013 | Jim Peltz
The family feud otherwise known as Formula One's Red Bull Racing team heads to China, with all eyes on its drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Vettel, the reigning Formula One champion, and Webber could barely look at each other after the Malaysia Grand Prix two weeks ago, when Vettel snatched victory from his Australian teammate. Webber, 36, was leading Vettel in the race's closing stages when, in one of the unique traits of Formula One, his team instructed the drivers to stay put and conserve their tires until the race was over.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1996
Veteran Covina Police Chief John F. Lentz, who successfully pushed for a new state law to keep sexual predators off the streets, is retiring after 31 years with the department and a dozen years as its boss. As judges, prosecutors and local officials applauded, the City Council honored Lentz on Tuesday for his efforts in drafting the new law. It was Lentz's last council session before his retirement at the end of the month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Los Angeles-based agents hope a new mobile app launched by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will help them track down a child sexual predator seen in recently found videos, officials said Thursday. The case is among the initial investigations featured on ICE's publicly available Operation Predator app, which launched Thursday morning. Deemed the "first of its kind in U.S. federal law enforcement," the app provides information about suspected child sexual predators in hopes of generating tips leading to their arrests, ICE officials said.
SPORTS
April 10, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Sue Paterno, the widow of Joe Paterno, says she and her husband were ignorant about sexual predators like Jerry Sandusky. "We were among those who were ignorant of the magnitude of the problem," Sue Paterno said Wednesday at a Child Abuse Prevention Month breakfast sponsored by the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance in Harrisburg, Pa. The Paternos' son, Jay Paterno, also spoke, saying, "I worked with Jerry Sandusky for several years....
OPINION
January 27, 2013 | By D.J. Waldie
In January 2002, the Boston Globe published the first in a series of articles that exposed the sordid history of sexual abuse of youth in the Boston Roman Catholic archdiocese. Those stories revealed how church officials had kept knowledge of abuse from parishioners and kept abusing priests in parishes where they continued to blight the lives and faith of the innocent. Later in 2002, as more cases of sexual abuse in more dioceses tumbled out of the dark and the silence to which they had been consigned, the U.S. Conference of Bishops hurriedly promised transparency.
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