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August 22, 1989 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
A 37-year-old Montana grandmother, claiming she had a sexual relationship with McMartin Pre-School defendant Ray Buckey seven years ago, testified Monday that there is "no way" he could be a child molester.
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September 15, 1995 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Give the juror a few thousand dollars and save the county millions. That's the advice McMartin case judge William R. Pounders would give his colleague in the trial of O.J. Simpson. And that's what may have been done late yesterday, when Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito apparently resolved a plea from a juror who said her public service had put her into financial distress and that unless she got some help she would have to bail out.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1988 | BOB WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
Seven preschools closed during the wave of child molestation allegations that swept through the South Bay, five of which never reopened. The concern began in August, 1983, when a Manhattan Beach woman told police that her 2-year-old son had been sexually abused by Raymond Buckey, a 25-year-old teacher at the McMartin Preschool in Manhattan Beach. He and six women at the nursery school were subsequently charged with more than 200 counts of sexually molesting 42 children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1995 | DANIEL HOWARD CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Earlier this month, a group of defendants, jurors and attorneys quietly met at a private screening held at HBO to view "Indictment: The McMartin Trial," a cable-TV movie that premiered over the weekend about the longest and costliest trial in American history. Obviously pleased with the outcome, Raymond Buckey, who spent five years in jail on child-molestation charges only to be acquitted on all counts, had just one criticism. "It was too short," he told his attorney, Scott D. Bernstein.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a low-key, anticlimactic court hearing Wednesday, a judge finally spoke the words McMartin Pre-School molestation defendant Ray Buckey had waited seven years to hear: "The case of the People vs. Raymond Buckey is hereby dismissed and the defendant is discharged," Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stanley Weisberg said. "All right, that's it. That completes this case."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 1995 | Howard Rosenberg
Hysteria is no stranger to the United States, witness its ongoing, TV-driven paranoia over violent crime, its internment of its own Japanese citizens in the 1940s and its bomb shelter mania and Red-scare witch hunts of the early Cold War.
NEWS
July 29, 1990 | Lois Timnick, Times staff writers Paul Feldman, Shawn Hubler, Carol McGraw and Lois Timnick did the reporting for this story. It was written by Timnick.
Nightmares, fears, shadows on the nursery wall. Imprisonment and bankruptcy. Suicide. Exploitation. Careers and friendships destroyed. Childhoods lost. A cloud over the sun-drenched beach town that spawned the largest molestation trial in history. The McMartin Pre-School case was, in the words of one parent, "a seven-year walk through hell" for everyone involved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1990
A former FBI agent said Friday he has uncovered evidence there may have been an underground room and a tunnel beneath the now-closed McMartin Pre-School in Manhattan Beach. Former Los Angeles FBI chief Ted L. Gunderson has been overseeing excavation at the school site where several former students say they were molested. Some students once claimed they were taken to secret underground areas, but investigators could never find any.
NEWS
January 22, 1990 | DAVID SHAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two months to the day after Wayne Satz broke the story of the McMartin Pre-School molestation case on KABC in early 1984, the Los Angeles Times published a moving story about interviews with the McMartin children conducted by social workers at Children's Institute International. The story ran on Page 1 under the headline "Puppets Help Children Shed Horrors of Abuse." The subhead beneath that said "Therapists at Institute Use Toys to Coax From Molestation Victims Secrets of Traumatized Lives."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 1995 | DANIEL HOWARD CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly five years after the longest and costliest criminal trial in American history was put to rest, the sensational McMartin Pre-School child molestation case is being reopened for a TV movie. Falling on unsympathetic ears are the cries of protest from parents and former students of the old Manhattan Beach preschool, who have worked hard to close that painful chapter in their lives.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 1995 | Howard Rosenberg
Hysteria is no stranger to the United States, witness its ongoing, TV-driven paranoia over violent crime, its internment of its own Japanese citizens in the 1940s and its bomb shelter mania and Red-scare witch hunts of the early Cold War.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 1995 | DANIEL HOWARD CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly five years after the longest and costliest criminal trial in American history was put to rest, the sensational McMartin Pre-School child molestation case is being reopened for a TV movie. Falling on unsympathetic ears are the cries of protest from parents and former students of the old Manhattan Beach preschool, who have worked hard to close that painful chapter in their lives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1992 | MARK PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anaheim high school teacher Peggy Ann Buckey will receive more than $183,000 in back pay, interest and retirement benefits for the time she was on compulsory leave after being charged in the McMartin Pre-School molestation case, a Los Angeles judge ruled Thursday. After a sensational trial, Buckey was acquitted of 14 charges of child molestation growing out of allegations leveled against her mother's Manhattan Beach preschool.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1992
A teacher acquitted of charges in the McMartin preschool molestation trial should receive back pay with interest for the time she was on compulsory leave to defend herself, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Thursday. Judge Robert O'Brien said the Anaheim Union High School District should pay $183,000 to Peggy Ann Buckey for time she was out of work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1992
A federal appeals court Wednesday ruled that Peggy McMartin Buckey should be allowed to amend her pleadings in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed against Los Angeles County, the city of Manhattan Beach and others after her acquittal in 1990 on molestation charges in the McMartin Pre-School case. U. S. District Judge Richard A. Gadbois Jr. dismissed Buckey's lawsuit in August, 1990, and denied her the right to amend her pleadings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1992
A federal appeals court has ruled that a co-owner of the McMartin Pre-School in Manhattan Beach, acquitted of child molesting, may sue those people involved in the investigation for allegedly conspiring against her. The decision allows Peggy McMartin Buckey to rewrite her dismissed lawsuit to claim that those she held responsible for her prosecution--investigators, prosecutors and a television company--conspired to harm her, each for individual motives unrelated to combatting crime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1989 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
An administrative law judge has recommended that Peggy Ann Buckey, a former defendant in the McMartin Pre-School molestation case, be granted a teaching credential. Judge Ronald M. Gruen sharply criticized testimony offered by the state to connect her with child molestation charges. According to the finding released Thursday afternoon, Gruen said no cause exists for denying Buckey, 32, a credential because of her fitness to teach.
NEWS
January 19, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK and CAROL McGRAW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The year was 1984 and news reports from New York to California and from Minnesota to Florida carried accounts of children being molested in day-care centers, schools and youth programs. Suddenly, it seemed, virtually everyone in day-care centers--which serve as surrogate parents to 16 million of the nation's children--became a suspected child molester. And in such a hysterical climate, the routine act of providing affection through touch became taboo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Friday dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by two defendants in the McMartin Pre-School molestation case against a former TV reporter who helped break the story of alleged abuses of children at the school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1991 | CAROL McGRAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A parent in the McMartin Pre-School molestation case slandered three former teachers when he charged on national television that they participated in satanic rituals and lewd acts at the school, a Los Angeles judge ruled Tuesday. But Superior Court Judge G. Keith Wisot awarded the teachers only $1 each, saying that they had not proved that their reputations were damaged or that parent Robert Currie set out to cause them emotional distress.
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