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October 28, 2015

Man Who Hired Teenage Girl for Sex is Sentenced in Human Trafficking Case

Filed under: Los Angeles sexual assault attorney — fayarfa @ 5:42 am

LOS ANGELES – A South Bay man who admitted lying to federal investigators about his conduct with a 16-year-old girl he met online and hired for commercial sex has been sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for obstructing a sex-trafficking probe being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Long Beach Police Department.

Charles Goswitz, 59, of Torrance, appeared Tuesday morning before U.S. District Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell. Goswitz, a court videographer who used the online moniker “Baldy Cruiser,” pleaded guilty to the obstruction charge June 22. The case marks the first federal prosecution in the Los Angeles area of a so-called “John” in a teen sex-trafficking investigation and only the second such federal prosecution nationwide.

“Human trafficking inflicts tremendous harm on its victims, especially when those victims are children,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “We have a duty to protect children from these predators, which includes prosecuting those who purchase children for sex. The significant sentence the defendant received in this case should serve as a warning to adults who engage in this type of criminal conduct. Although this is the first case of its kind in this district, it will not be the last.”

The probe into Goswitz’s activities began in February 2013 after HSI special agents received a lead from the Long Beach Police Department about a missing teen whose father suspected she was involved in commercial sex. During the ensuing investigation, authorities located sexually explicit images of the victim in an advertisement Goswitz posted on Backpage.com soliciting sex.

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Huntington Park Man Sentenced to Prison for Sexually Abusing Girls

Filed under: Los Angeles sexual assault attorney — fayarfa @ 5:39 am

A 68-year-old man was sentenced today to 24 years in state prison for sexually molesting three young girls, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

On Sept. 28, Alfredo Aguilar (dob 4/16/47) of Huntington Park pleaded guilty to five felony counts in case VA135194: three counts of lewd act upon a child and two counts of forcible lewd act upon a child.

At today’s sentencing, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Yvonne T. Sanchez also ordered the defendant to register as a lifetime sex offender.

Deputy District Attorney Amanda Luna, who prosecuted the case, said Aguilar sexually abused three girls between the ages of 5 and 12 years old.

The abuse occurred from October 2007 to November 2012, the prosecutor added.

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June 19, 2014

Lancaster Man Charged with Serial Rapes

Filed under: Los Angeles sexual assault attorney — fayarfa @ 12:01 am

A Lancaster man was charged today with sexually assaulting four women beginning in 2009, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

James Smith (dob 8/15/78) is scheduled to be arraigned sometime after 2 p.m. at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center, Department 30. Prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at $5.1 million.

Deputy District Attorney Lowrie Mendoza with the Sex Crimes Division is prosecuting the case.

Smith was charged in case BA426228 with two counts of forcible rape, and one count each of forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by a foreign object, sodomy by use of force and attempted sodomy by use of force.

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May 27, 2014

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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May 26, 2014

MAN SENTENCED TO 107 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TWO WOMEN IN IRVINE AND NEWPORT BEACH

Filed under: Los Angeles sexual assault attorney — fayarfa @ 7:14 am

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to 107 years to life in state prison for sexually assaulting two women in Irvine and Newport Beach. Travis Dewayne Batten, Jr., 32, Irvine, was found guilty by a jury March 27, 2014, of two felony counts of forcible rape, one felony count each of assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, assault with intent to commit a sexual offense during the commission of first degree burglary, sodomy by force, sexual penetration by foreign object by force, and kidnapping to commit a sex offense. The sentencing enhancement allegations for committing sexual offenses during the commission of a burglary and tying up or binding a person were found true.

Between May 2005 and November 2006, Batten broke into the residences of two women, whom he did not know, while wearing a mask. He raped an Irvine woman and sexually assaulted a woman who lived in Newport Beach.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. on May 20, 2005, Batten, then-23, wore a mask and broke into the Newport Beach residence of 40-year-old Jane Doe #1 while she was out. When the victim arrived home, the defendant attacked her and threw Jane Doe #1 to the ground. Batten forced the victim to her bedroom and duct taped her hands and mouth. He sexually assaulted Jane Doe #1’s breasts and vagina. Batten then punched the victim twice in the head and threatened the victim by stating he would come back and get her if she contacted police. He then fled the scene. Jane Doe #1 called 911.

Newport Beach Police Department officers responded to the scene and investigated the case. Batten left DNA at the scene, which was collected by police, processed by Orange County Crime Laboratory (OCCL), and entered in the local DNA database.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2006, Batten wore a dark mask and broke into the Irvine apartment of 21-year-old Jane Doe #2. While the victim was showering, the defendant waited outside the victim’s bathroom. He raped Jane Doe #2 as she exited her bathroom after he threw her to the ground and tied her hands. Batten sodomized the victim and raped her a second time. Before fleeing the scene, the defendant ordered the victim to get into the shower and not contact police. (more…)

May 21, 2014

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL MATH TEACHER CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING 17-YEAR-OLD MALE STUDENT

Filed under: Los Angeles sexual assault attorney — fayarfa @ 5:40 am

FULLERTON – A former high school math teacher was convicted today of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old male student. Michelle Lynn Johnson, 46, Anaheim, pleaded guilty to three felony counts of oral copulation of a minor and two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse. She was sentenced to 270 days in jail, five years of formal probation, and must register as a sex offender while on probation.

At the time of the crime, Johnson worked as a math teacher at Brea Olinda High School in Brea. She also privately tutored several students during non-school hours and off school property. She was placed on leave from the high school.

Johnson met 17-year-old John Doe at Brea Olinda High School and befriended and groomed the victim. Between April and June 2013, the defendant engaged in an unlawful sexual relationship with the victim including oral copulation and sexual intercourse. The sexual assault occurred on multiple occasions outside of the school and at the school.

The victim’s parents contacted police after becoming suspicious of the relationship between Johnson and their son.

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May 20, 2014

San Gabriel Valley Teacher Who Pleaded Guilty To Child Exploitation Offenses And Admitted Molestation Sentenced To Over 23 Years

Filed under: Los Angeles sexual assault attorney — fayarfa @ 2:20 am

LOS ANGELES – A former teacher and athletic coach at Royal Oak Middle School in Covina, who pleaded guilty to producing child pornography and using the Internet to entice a minor to engage in sex, was sentenced today to 282 months in federal prison.

John David Boyle, 52, of Glendora, received the 23½-year sentence from United States District Judge Stephen V. Wilson.

At today’s hearing, Judge Wilson said Boyle’s crimes were “horrendous” and that “the damage done to the victims is incalculable.”

Boyle, who in addition to teaching was also an athletic coach, pleaded guilty in March to enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, admitting that he molested a 14-year-old boy who he met online. Boyle also pleaded guilty to production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography.

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TWO BROTHERS SENTENCED TO 50 YEARS IN PRISON FOR MOLESTING IN CONCERT AND TAKING TURNS SEXUALLY ASSAULTING 3 AND 7 YEAR OLD SISTERS

Filed under: Los Angeles sexual assault attorney — fayarfa @ 2:15 am

SANTA ANA – Two brothers were sentenced today to 50 years in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for molesting two sisters, ages 3 and 7 years old, who lived in the same neighborhood. Cristobal Ortiz Rodriguez, 38, Fullerton, pleaded guilty March 17, 2014, to 11 felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 and four felony counts of continuous sexual abuse. Eduardo Ortiz Rodriguez, 36, Fullerton, pleaded guilty March 17, 2014, to 15 felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 and two felony counts of continuous sexual abuse.

In May 2010, the Rodriguez brothers lived in a converted garage in a home in Fullerton. They gained access to 7-year-old Jane Doe #1 and 3-year-old Jane Doe #2, who lived nearby.

Between May 2010 and August 2011, the defendants molested the two little girls while the defendants were together, one after the other, and on their own at separate times. The sexual conduct included touching, masturbation, digital penetration, oral copulation, and showing pornographic images to the victims.

The defendants groomed the victims and bribed them not tell anyone about the sexual assault with candy and ice cream.

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April 16, 2014

MAN TO FACE TRIAL FOR THE FORCIBLE RAPE OF TWO WOMEN HE MET ONLINE UNDER PRETENSE OF PERFORMING SPIRITUAL CLEANSING

Filed under: Los Angeles sexual assault attorney — fayarfa @ 4:57 am

SANTA ANA – A man will face a jury trial tomorrow for forcibly raping two women after luring them under the pretense of performing a spiritual cleansing. Alberto Flores Ramirez, 39, San Clemente, was charged in April 2012 for Jane Doe #1 with one felony count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, and sexual penetration by foreign object by force. In May 2012, he was charged for Jane Doe #2 with one felony count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, and attempted forcible oral copulation. He faces a sentencing enhancement for sex crimes against multiple victims. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of 75 years to life in state prison. Opening statements are expected to begin tomorrow, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-43, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Jane Doe #1

Ramirez is accused of meeting 33-year-old Jane Doe #1 through an online dating website. On April 3, 2012, he is accused of meeting Jane Doe #1 at a McDonald’s in Santa Ana. Ramirez is accused of telling Jane Doe #1 that he could help her to bring her children to California from Mexico by performing a spiritual cleansing on her to get rid of her negative vibes. Jane Doe #1 agreed to participate.

The defendant is accused of driving Jane Doe #1 from the McDonald’s to a motel in Santa Ana. Once inside a motel room, he is accused of instructing Jane Doe #1 to undress in order for him to perform the cleansing. Jane Doe #1 removed her clothing but left on her bra and underwear. Ramirez is accused of rubbing raw eggs on the victim’s body and fondling Jane Doe #1.

When the victim attempted to cover herself with the comforter from the bed, Ramirez is accused of jumping on top of the victim and restraining her. Jane Doe #1 struggled to get away and the defendant is accused of digitally penetrating the victim and then strangling her. He is accused of threatening Jane Doe #1 that she had to stop fighting and then forcibly orally copulating and raping the victim.

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April 9, 2014

JUNIOR HIGH MATH TEACHER CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING AND SENDING SEXUAL MESSAGES TO THREE BOYS, AGES 13 TO 15

Filed under: Los Angeles sexual assault attorney — fayarfa @ 12:47 am

FULLERTON – A junior high school math teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting and sending sexual messages to three male students between the ages of 13 and 15 years old. Melissa Nicole Lindgren, 28, La Mirada, is charged with five felony counts of lewd acts on a child, two felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, three felony counts of distributing pornography to a minor, and faces a sentencing enhancement allegation for lewd acts on multiple children. If convicted on all counts, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 16 years and four months in state prison. Lindgren is out of custody on $100,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned tomorrow morning, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the North Justice Center, Fullerton. The specific time and Department are to be determined.

Lindgren is accused of committing these crimes while employed as a math teacher at Nicholas Junior High School in Fullerton.

The defendant is accused of meeting three male victims, between the ages of 13 and 15 years old, through the school. During the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 school year, Lindgren is accused of sending sexual text and smartphone messages to each of her victims.

Lindgren is accused of molesting John Doe #1 in a classroom on campus including sexual touching and kissing. She is accused of molesting John Doe #2 by sexually touching him while in a classroom on campus. The defendant is accused of meeting John Doe #3 off campus and molesting him by sexually touching him while in a car.

One of the victims reported the sexual assault, and the case was investigated by the Fullerton Police Department (FPD). Lindgren was arrested by FPD Feb. 21, 2014. (more…)

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