Archives for Sex Crimes

Prison Recommended for Rapist Steven Gordon

On December 21, 2016, a jury recommended the death penalty for a California man convicted the week before for abducting, sexually assaulting, and killing four women over a six-month period. CBS News reported that Steven Dean Gordon will be sentenced in February 2017, and that the crimes subject him to special circumstances sentencing under California law. A judge will make the final determination on whether will face capital punishment for his crimes, based upon the jury’s recommendation.  A Confession from the Defendant: Gordon was arrested after an investigation revealed his connection to crimes committed over 2012 and 2013. All of
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Lenient Treatment for Prison Guards having Sex with Inmates

Two Fort Worth prison guards who committed sex acts with inmates avoided having to register as sex offenders, the Dallas Morning News reports, despite having admitted to the crimes. Instead of pleading guilty to crimes that would require them to register as sex offenders, Brady Michael Green and Jose Angel Rivas plead guilty to other offenses, such as not cooperating with investigators, withholding information about a crime, making false statements and obstruction of justice – all nonsexual crimes. No Sex Offender Registration Required After they are released from prison, the former prison supervisors will not have to comply with sex
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Former USA Olympics Doctor Arrested for Sexual Assault Against Minors

In a case that spans several decades and multiple continents, Dr. Larry Nassar, a doctor at Michigan State University, was arrested November 21, 2016 on charges that he sexually assaulted minors. The physician also acted as team physician for the USA Women’s Gymnastics team for more than 16 years, over four different Olympic Games. According to a CNN Crime & Justice report, Dr. Nassar faces three counts of sexual assault against female children under the age of 13 years old. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison for his sex crimes. Michigan State University Police Team Up
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University of Wisconsin Sexual Assault Scandal

When a woman was sexually assaulted after a date with a fellow University of Wisconsin student, she reported the incident to police. She had no idea that other women would come forward with similar claims about the man, opening up several other cases that police continue to investigate. CNN reported that the perpetrator was arrested the day after the first victim reported the assault on October 12, 2016, but disturbing facts emerged about his behavior and he has been placed on emergency leave from the University. If the allegations are true and the facts support a conviction for sex crimes,
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CEO of Backpage has been arrested on Pimping Charges

The CEO of the company backpage.com has been arrested as he flew into Texas on a felony warrant. Surprisingly the warrant is out of the state of California. California is known to be the leader in sex offense prosecutions but this one seems like they could be stretching the law a little bit. Backpage is a company where items can be sold much like the more well-known craigslist. Years ago one could go on craigslist and they could obtain prostitution services from an ad they saw on the website. Eventually craigslist stopped this because they didn’t want the negativity associated
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Judge McKeon orders 60-day sentence for child rape

A judge in Montana has handed down a 60-day sentence for the repeated rape of a 12 year old girl. In Montana this man pled guilty to this offense and did what is considered a “lid” or an open plea. There was a maximum or around 25-30 years but the judge could sentence him to anything below that proposed sentence. The judge handed down a 30 year stayed sentence, which means if the individual violates on probation he could do the 30 year term. With credit for time served in this case, its likely the offender will do just around
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Revenge Porn Law In California

A first date turned into a nightmare for a Los Angeles woman who found herself the victim in a revenge porn case. As reported by KTLA News 5, she reluctantly agreed to be videotaped during an intimate encounter with her date, whom she met online. Though he promised to delete the footage, he actually uploaded the content to an adult website shortly after the two cut ties. The man was soon arrested and charged with revenge porn, a crime of disorderly conduct under California law. Any sex crime is a matter punishable by harsh penalties under state law, so you
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Rape Case Outrage Leads to Mandatory Prison Sentences

News outlets throughout the world carried extensive coverage of the notorious rape case involving a Stanford student and unconscious victim. Outrage erupted during the sentencing phase of the criminal trial, when the judge issued what was perceived as an extremely lenient sentence for a violent sex crime. Lawmakers responded quickly by proposing a new law that regarding sentencing in such cases: As the L.A. Times reported in early September 2016, the law passed, requiring mandatory prison time for those convicted of rape under certain circumstances. If you’ve been accused of a sex crime, here’s what you need to know about
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Cosby Case and Changes in California’s Sex Crimes Law

Bill Cosby has been in the headlines frequently over the last few months, but his talents as an actor and comedian have not been the subject of news report. You are probably aware that he is facing charges in Pennsylvania for sex crimes, and a number of other women have alleged that they were also assaulted decades ago by the comedian. However, Cosby won’t be prosecuted for many of the claims because the time limit for bringing charges expired under the “statute of limitations.” The matter has prompted lawmakers in California to make a change to existing law, according to
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California Law on Lewd Acts and Other Sex Crimes Involving Children

While the facts on a recent sex crime in California are still under investigation, police have pressed charges for lewd acts on a child in a case recently reported by Highland Community News. The underage victim approached deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office and informed them of the facts, and officers responded by transporting the minor to a local hospital for a medical examination. Officers obtained a search warrant and arrested an individual for lewd acts, but additional charges are pending based upon the results of the investigation. If you have been arrested under similar circumstances, here’s what
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San Diego Deputy Public Defender David Lamb Charged with Possessing Child Porn

Local San Diego County Deputy Public Defender David D. Lamb faces federal charges for possession and distribution of child pornography. It is alleged he had possession of child pornography and attempted to distribute the material via a file sharing program. He was arrested per a warrant on May 25, and posted a $50,000 bond. The case is being transferred to San Diego. On Wednesday, June 15, he pleaded not guilty to the charges while appearing in court in Santa Ana. During investigations, federal prosecutors came across an encrypted social media platform online allowing users to trade child photos and videos.
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Brock Turner Convicted of Rape in California

The coverage of Brock Turner, convicted rapist and registered sex offender, has brought out nearly every idiosyncrasy of reporting sexual assault crimes. Initial coverage of this unspeakable crime was, to say the least, surprisingly flattering for the felon. News articles used Turner’s swim photos to identify him in articles. Details about his university were discussed, as Turner attended the elite Stanford University. He was described as “an all-American swimmer.” The unquestionable damage to his bright and promising future was reported with an ironic anguish – almost as if Turner’s rape of an innocent woman made him the victim instead of
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What is Megan’s law?

Megan’s law is actually a federal law and it is a way to refer to state laws that require making the information of a sex offender public. The law was in response to a young girl named Megan Kanka who was raped and killed at age 7 by someone who had been convicted of two previous sex offenses. When someone is charged with a sex offense, at that point they are innocent, they do not have to register and they do not have to report to any agencies. Further down the process if they either plead guilty or are convicted
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Campus Sexual Assault Policies Examined in California

News stories in recent years have shed light on the inadequacy of campus rape policies throughout the country. In the first week of June, California lawmakers are sending a message that things need to change by backing a bill that would impose new penalties and change the way campuses are required to report on-campus assault incidents. By backing this legislation, California is sending a clear message that sex crimes on campus will not be tolerated in our state. California Campus Rape Policies According to Time, California is already the most “aggressive” state regarding its treatment of sexual assault offenders. However, California,
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Misremembering can lead to false accusations

The word “misremember” seems to be the current buzzword. Brian Williams misremembered his involvement in Iraq helicopter incident. While there is a debate to how serious Williams’ misremembering actually is, experts are saying that it can happen. What is serious, is that it can lead to false accusations and, ultimately, false convictions. One such example of the dire consequences of misremembering may be found in the Rolling Stone Article, “A Rape on Campus.” Shortly after the magazine published the article, a number of inconsistencies and discrepancies rose, and many people became skeptic of the story that University of Virginia freshman“Jackie”
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