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May 30, 2014

FORMER TEACHER CONVICTED OF UNLAWFUL SEX ACTS WITH 14-YEAR-OLD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AFTER SNEAKING HER PAST ROOMMATES

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:26 am

SANTA ANA – A former JSerra Catholic High School (JSerra) teacher was convicted by a jury today of engaging in unlawful sex acts with a 14-year-old girl he met at the school. Ricardo Aldana, 40, was found guilty by a jury of three felony counts of lewd acts on a child. He faces a maximum sentence of four years and four months in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration at his sentencing on July 11, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-34, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At the time of the crime, Aldana was a Spanish teacher and boys’ soccer coach at JSerra in San Juan Capistrano. He met 13-year-old Jane Doe while she was a student at the school. He befriended the victim and gained her trust.

In June 2011, after Jane Doe had turned 14 years old, Aldana inappropriately massaged Jane Doe’s shoulders over her clothes while they were alone in his classroom. He continued to groom the victim by frequently exchanging text messages and speaking with her on the phone.

In September 2011, Aldana picked up Jane Doe in his vehicle near her home while the victim’s mother was out of town. He drove the victim to his Dana Point residence and snuck her into his bedroom to avoid being seen by his roommates. Aldana engaged in substantial unlawful sex acts with Jane Doe. At approximately 4:00 a.m., Aldana dropped Jane Doe off at her home.

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MAN LINKED THROUGH DNA TO 2001 COLD-CASE SEXUAL ASSAULT OF WOMAN HE KIDNAPPED FROM BUS STOP CONVICTED

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:21 am

SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today for kidnapping a woman from a bus stop and forcibly sexually assaulting her in his car in a 2001 cold-case after being linked to the crime through DNA using the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) local DNA database. Raul Moreno-Perez, 34, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count each of kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, forcible oral copulation, and sentencing enhancement allegations for increasing the risk of harm by kidnapping and kidnapping to commit a sexual offense were found true. He faces a maximum sentence of 34 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration at his sentencing June 18, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-36, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Circumstances of the Sexual Assault

At approximately 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2001, 19-year-old Jane Doe was waiting at a bus stop on Main Street in Orange. Moreno-Perez drove up in his vehicle and stopped his car near Jane Doe. He asked the victim if she wanted a ride and then drove away when she declined.

Several minutes later, Moreno-Perez returned to the bus stop and got out of his car to sit on the bench next to Jane Doe. He put his arm around the victim and told her that he wanted to take her home. Jane Doe refused and Moreno-Perez then forced the victim to stand up and get into his car.

Moreno-Perez slapped Jane Doe as she tried to resist and drove her to a parking lot behind a grocery store in Garden Grove. When Jane Doe got out of the parked car and attempted to escape, Moreno-Perez chased and pushed her before forcing her back to the car. Once back inside the vehicle, Moreno-Perez forced Jane Doe to orally copulate him.

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Burbank Day Care Owner Sentenced for Infant Death

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:17 am

The owner of an in-home day care center was sentenced today to six years in state prison for her role in the 2012 death of an 11-month-old boy left in her care, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Tamu Usher said Milena Nikodijevic, 52, pleaded no contest on May 7 to one count of child endangerment causing death.

One of Nikodijevic’s employees, Wendy Roxana Oropeza, 22, pleaded no contest to one count of involuntary manslaughter on Jan. 13.

At that time, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elaine Lu of the Pasadena Branch sentenced Oropeza to one year in county jail, five years probation and 32 hours of community service.

They are both barred from working as child care providers.

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May 29, 2014

MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR TRAFFICKING MINOR TEENAGE GIRL FOR COMMERCIAL SEX

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:15 am

SANTA ANA – A man is scheduled to be arraigned today for trafficking a minor girl for commercial sex. John Phillip Hunt, 27, Hayward, is charged with one felony count of human trafficking of a minor and sentencing enhancements for a prior strike conviction for residential burglary in Alameda County in 2006. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 24 years in state prison. The People will be requesting he be held on $250,000 bail and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. Hunt is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

Circumstances of the Case

Hunt is accused of being a pimp who exploits women and/or children for financial gain. Pimps often establish rigid rules that their victims are expected to follow including addressing the pimp as “Sir” or “Daddy.”

Between May 22, 2014, and May 24, 2014, Hunt is accused of trafficking 17-year-old Jane Doe by driving her from Oakland to an Anaheim motel, in an area known for prostitution, with the intent of having the victim perform commercial sex for the benefit of the defendant.

On May 24, 2014, a motel employee contacted the Anaheim Police Department (APD) after reporting suspicious behavior from the defendant. APD began investigating this case with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF).

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May 28, 2014

PAROLEE ARRAIGNED ON CHARGES OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING MINOR AND PIMPING AND PANDERING HER AND ANOTHER FEMALE TEENAGER

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 3:14 am

SANTA ANA – A parolee was arraigned today on charges of trafficking a minor, and pimping and pandering her and another teenager. Dominique Legrand Lewis, 21, San Diego, was charged today with five felony counts including human trafficking, pimping a minor, pandering with a minor over 16 years old by procuring, pimping, and pandering, with a sentencing enhancement for a prior prison strike conviction for residential burglary in 2012. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 26 years and four months in state prison. He is being held on $100,000 bail and has a parole hold from the previous conviction. Lewis was arraigned today and is scheduled for pre-trial on June 4, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Circumstances of the Case

Lewis is accused of being a pimp who exploits women and/or children for financial gain. The defendant is accused of trafficking 17-year-old Jane Doe #1 by unlawfully depriving her personal liberty. He is accused of pimping Jane Doe #1 and 18-year-old Jane Doe #2 by deriving support from the victims through the earnings and proceeds of prostitution and pandering the victims by unlawfully procuring them for the purpose of prostitution.

Between May 7, 2014, and May 21, 2014, Lewis is accused of driving both Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2 from San Diego to an area of Santa Ana known for prostitution with the intent of having the victims engage in commercial sex.

On May 21, 2014, after contacting a Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) officer posing as a sex purchaser, Jane Doe #1 was taken off the streets to a shelter where she could get help.

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PAROLEE SEX OFFENDER ON GPS MONITORING ARRAIGNED ON CHARGES OF PIMPING AND PANDERING 18-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 3:08 am

SANTA ANA – A parolee sex offender on GPS monitoring was arraigned today on charges of pimping and pandering an 18-year-old woman. Eddie Bridges, 36, Compton, was charged today with one felony count each of pimping and pandering by procuring and sentencing enhancements for serving separate prison terms and not remaining free for five years: two prior convictions in 1996 and 1998 in King County, WA, for possession with intent to sell a controlled substance, one prior conviction for possession of marijuana in Maricopa County, Ariz., one prior conviction in Los Angeles County in 2007 for pandering of a minor, and one prior conviction in Los Angeles County in 2011 for attempted  pandering. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 11 years in state prison. He is being held on $100,000 bail and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. Bridges was arraigned today and is scheduled for pre-trial on June 3, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Circumstances of the Case

Bridges is accused of being a pimp who exploits women and/or children for financial gain. Pimps often establish rigid rules that their victims are expected to follow such as addressing the pimp as “Sir” or “Daddy.”

At the time of the crime, Bridges was a parolee and a registered sex offender.

Between May 17, 2014, and May 21, 2014, Bridges is accused of driving Jane Doe to Santa Ana to an area known for prostitution with the intent of having the victim engage in commercial sex. The defendant is accused of pimping Jane Doe by unlawfully deriving support from the victim through the earnings and proceeds of prostitution and pandering Jane Doe by unlawfully procuring her for the purpose of prostitution.

At approximately 3:50 a.m. on May 21, 2014, a Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) officer observed the victim actively soliciting sex purchasers in the area. SAPD contacted Jane Doe and began investigating this case. During the investigation, SAPD located the defendant in a nearby car. The defendant is accused of being identified as Jane Doe’s pimp and was arrested at the scene.

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Woman Charged with Killing Her Young Children

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 3:05 am

A 30-year-old woman accused of fatally stabbing her three young daughters and attempting to kill her own mother was charged today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Carol Ann Coronado (dob 10/24/83) is charged in case TA133425 with three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. The felony complaint includes a special circumstance of multiple murders. Additionally, the charging document contains a special allegation that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife, in the commission of the crime.

At this time, Coronado is hospitalized. It is unknown when she will be able to appear for her arraignment at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Compton.

Deputy District Attorney Emily Spear is assigned to the case.

The District Attorney’s office will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against the defendant.

The case is being investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Los Angeles County District Attorney / case TA133425 / May 23, 2014 

May 27, 2014

MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR 1998 COLD CASE CONSPIRACY MURDER OF WIFE TO COLLECT $1 MILLION LIFE INSURANCE POLICY

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:09 am

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to 25 years to life in state prison for the cold case conspiracy murder of his wife in 1998 to collect a $1 million life insurance policy. Nuzzio Begaren, 53, was found guilty by a jury Sept. 6, 2013, of one felony count each of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Gang member Guillermo Espinoza, 38, faces the same charges as Begaren. He is a fugitive with a no-bail warrant for his arrest. Espinoza is listed atwww.orangecountyda.com as one of the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) Most Wanted.

Circumstances of the Case

On July 4, 1997, Nuzzio Begaren married Elizabeth Begaren, a correctional officer at a California state prison. Three days later, on July 7, 1997, he took out a $1 million life insurance policy on his new wife. Sometime between July 1997 and January 1998, Nuzzio Begaren solicited members of a Los Angeles criminal street gang to murder Elizabeth Begaren.

On the night of Jan. 17, 1998, Nuzzio Begaren took the victim and his 10-year-old daughter to a shopping mall in Burbank with the knowledge that gang members would be waiting to carry out the arranged murder. While shopping in Macy’s, Nuzzio Begaren placed $5,000 in cash in his wife’s purse as payment for the pending murder under the pretense of having her hold their shopping money. Nuzzio Begaren pretended to be alarmed upon seeing a group of gang members watching him and his family. He left with Elizabeth Begaren and his daughter.

At approximately 11:00 p.m. that night, Espinoza and his accomplices are accused of following Nuzzio Begaren and the victim in their car. Nuzzio Begaren exited California State Route 91 in Anaheim and then attempted to re-enter the freeway. Espinoza and the other gang members are accused of running him off the road. (more…)

MAN LINKED THROUGH DNA TO 2001 COLD-CASE SEXUAL ASSAULT OF WOMAN HE KIDNAPPED FROM BUS STOP TO FACE TRIAL

Filed under: Los Angeles sexual assault attorney — fayarfa @ 12:06 am

SANTA ANA – A man faces a jury trial Tuesday for kidnapping a woman from a bus stop and forcibly sexually assaulting her in his car in a 2001 cold-case after being linked to the crime through DNA using the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) local DNA database. Raul Moreno-Perez, 34, is charged with one felony count each of kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, forcible oral copulation, and sentencing enhancement allegations for increasing the risk of harm by kidnapping and kidnapping to commit a sexual offense. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 34 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration. Opening statements are expected to begin Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-36, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Circumstances of the Sexual Assault

At approximately 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2001, 19-year-old Jane Doe was waiting at a bus stop on Main Street in Orange. Moreno-Perez is accused of driving up in his vehicle and stopping his car near Jane Doe. He is accused of asking the victim if she wanted a ride and then driving away when she declined.

Several minutes later, Moreno-Perez is accused of returning to the bus stop and getting out of his car to sit on the bench next to Jane Doe. He is accused of putting his arm around the victim and telling her that he wanted to take her home. Jane Doe refused and Moreno-Perez is accused of then forcing the victim to stand up and get into his car.

Moreno-Perez is accused of slapping Jane Doe as she tried to resist and driving her to a parking lot behind a grocery store in Garden Grove. When Jane Doe got out of the parked car and attempted to escape, Moreno-Perez is accused of chasing and pushing her before forcing her back to the car. Once back inside the vehicle, Moreno-Perez is accused of forcing Jane Doe to orally copulate him.

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MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS TO LIFE FOR MURDERING UNCLE IN LA PALMA BEFORE DUMPING AND BURNING BODY IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:03 am

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to 15 years to life in state prison for murdering his uncle and dumping the victim’s body in a remote area of Santa Barbara County after setting it on fire in an attempt to destroy the evidence. Kirk Michael Galvin, 25, La Palma, pleaded guilty April 14, 2014, to one felony count of second degree murder.

On July 27, 2011, Kirk Galvin murdered his 53-year-old uncle Douglas Galvin. He committed the murder in his father’s La Palma apartment while his father was out of town. Kirk Galvin drove the victim’s murdered body to Santa Barbara County, dumped it in a remote area, and attempted to destroy the body by setting it on fire. He then fled the scene.

On July 30, 2011, two people found Douglas Galvin’s burned body while out on a walk and contacted the police. Following an investigation by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department and La Palma Police Department, Kirk Galvin was arrested Aug. 5, 2011.

At the sentencing today, victim impact statements were submitted to the Court, and some were read aloud:

Colleen Galvin said that her cousin, Douglas Galvin, “was a man like no other. His heart was as big as his smile. He always put others first.”

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