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July 5, 2013

SERIAL RAPIST WHO RAPED FIVES GIRLS FROM 1968 TO 1984 DECLARED SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR

Filed under: Los Angeles sexual assault attorney — fayarfa @ 12:17 pm

SANTA ANA – A serial rapist will be committed to a state mental hospital as a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) after a unanimous jury found that the offender is a continued threat to children and the community. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) filed a petition to have Lawtis Rhoden, 63, committed as an SVP based on his prior convictions of sexual assaults against several underage girls.

Under the law, potential SVPs are subject to mental health reviews by the Department of Mental Health (DMH) prior to completion of their criminal sentence.  If the People are able to prove that the defendant meets SVP criteria, a petition is filed to have the defendant civilly committed.  There are three criteria that must be met in order to designate a person as SVP. First, the defendant must have committed at least one sexually violent offense.  Second, he/she must be diagnosed with a mental disorder.  Finally, it must be found that he/she is likely to re-offend unless he/she is held in custody and treated.

If a unanimous jury finds beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant meets the SVP criteria, the defendant is committed to a secure mental care facility for treatment until he is safe for release.

1968 Criminal Case (Case # F68-251)

On March 2, 1968, Rhoden, then, 18 years old, met 13-year-old Jane Doe #1 at Cocoa Beach in Florida. On three separate occasions, he lured the victim back to his apartment and raped her. On Jan. 24, 1969, Rhoden pleaded guilty to one felony count of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor and was sentenced to 14 months in a mental state hospital in Florida and 12 years in state prison.

1984 Criminal Cases…

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July 3, 2013

FATHER CONVICTED OF MURDERING MAN IN RETALIATION FOR PHYSICAL ALTERCATION BETWEEN DAUGHTER AND VICTIM

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:11 pm

SANTA ANA – A father was convicted today of the murder of a Santa Ana man after becoming angry over a physical altercation that occurred one month prior between his daughter and the victim. Cesar Gerardo Marta, 41, Omaha, NE, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of second degree murder and has a 1993 prior strike conviction for robbery. He faces a maximum sentence of 35 years to life in state prison at his sentencing Aug. 9, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-41, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At approximately 10:00 p.m. on May 26, 2010, 27-year-old Cesar “Danny” Gutierrez Hernandez left his Santa Ana home with his brother and a friend to give the friend a ride home. As the three men walked toward their car, Marta and an unknown accomplice approached the group and asked if one of them was Danny. The defendant sought out Hernandez with the intention of retaliating against him for a physical altercation between the victim and Marta’s daughter one month earlier.

Upon identifying Hernandez as the man he was seeking, Marta punched the victim in the face and knocked him to the ground. Marta continued to assault Hernandez while his unknown accomplice used a knife to hold the other two victims back. The unknown accomplice then stabbed Hernandez while Marta hit and kicked him.

Marta and his accomplice fled the scene when members of Hernandez’s family went out of the house upon hearing the commotion. Witnesses called 911 and officers from the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) arrived at the scene. Hernandez was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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July 2, 2013

ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF TEACHER CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING FEMALE RELATIVE

Filed under: Uncategorized — fayarfa @ 9:05 am

WESTMINSTER – Law enforcement is seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims of a teacher charged with sexually assaulting a female relative. Jeffrey Scott Jones, 53, Huntington Beach, is charged with two felony counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one felony count of continuous sexual abuse. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration. The defendant is being held on $1 million bail is scheduled for a continued arraignment Aug. 16, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-2, West Justice Center, Westminster.

At the time of the crime, Jones was teaching advanced placement English at Libra Academy in Huntington Park. Prior to the crime, the defendant is accused of having regular access to children for 27 years teaching at schools including Bell High School in the City of Bell and Gahr High School in the City of Cerritos.

Between Sept. 1, 2012, and April 30, 2013, Jones is accused of sexually assaulting his 13-year-old female relative, Jane Doe, by touching the victim’s chest and vagina over her clothing and under her clothing on different occasions.

On May 4, 2013, and May 9, 2013, Jones is accused of raping Jane Doe.

In May 2013, the crime was reported to the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD), who investigated the case and arrested Jones at his home on June 27, 2013.

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FORMER AMUSEMENT PARK WORKER PREVIOUSLY CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES AGAINST YOUNG GIRL RELATIVE FACES ADDITIONAL CHARGES FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING 7-YEAR-OLD FAMILY FRIEND

Filed under: Los Angeles sexual assault attorney — fayarfa @ 8:56 am

WESTMINSTER– Additional charges have been filed against a man for sexually assaulting the 7-year-old daughter of a family friend. The defendant was previously charged with sexually assaulting a female child relative. Bryan William Anast, 45, Corona, was charged today for Jane Doe #2 with two felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 with a sentencing enhancement for sex crimes against multiple victims. He was previously charged for Jane Doe #1 with three felony counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and three felony counts of forcible lewd acts on a child under 14. Anast is also charged with one felony count of possession and control of child pornography. If convicted on all counts, he now faces a maximum sentence of 78 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration. The defendant is being held on $1 million bail and is expected to be arraigned on the new charges today, July 2, 2013, in Department W-1, West Justice Center, Westminster.  The time is to be determined.

Between Nov. 2, 1997, and Nov. 1, 2000, Anast is accused of sexually assaulting his female relative, Jane Doe #1, by forcibly digitally penetrating the victim on at least four different occasions in three different locations including Garden Grove and Stanton. The victim was 11 years old in 1997.

In May 2013, Jane Doe #1 contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to report the sexual assaults. Anast was arrested at Disneyland, where he worked as a machinist fixing rides. In his home, Anast is accused of possessing several videos of child pornography on a computer data storage device, including several possibly-amateur images of young girls. Anast was charged with the sex crimes against Jane Doe #1 and for possession of child pornography on June 24, 2013.

The ongoing investigation resulted in the identification of Jane Doe #2. Between 1996 and 2000, Anast is accused of sexually assaulting the daughter of a family friend, Jane Doe #2, beginning when she was 7 years old. The defendant is accused of molesting the victim on at least two occasions by rubbing her vaginal area at his home in Orange County and her home in Los Angeles County. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting Anast for the crimes that occurred in both Orange and Los Angeles Counties.

The investigation is ongoing to identify the children depicted in images found in the defendant’s computer. Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Paul Carvo at (714) 347-8794.

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July 1, 2013

MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT OF SIX AND SEVEN-YEAR-OLD GIRLS AT PARK AND HEALTHCARE CENTER

Filed under: Los Angeles sexual assault attorney — fayarfa @ 8:52 am

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to 15 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for sexually assaulting a six and seven-year-old girl at an Aliso Viejo park and healthcare center. German Bravo DeJesus, 34, Lake Forest, was found guilty by a jury May 15, 2013, of three felony counts of lewd acts with a minor under 14 and sentencing enhancement allegations for multiple victims and substantial sexual conduct with a child.

On Jan. 17, 2009, 7-year-old Jane Doe #1 went to Palm Terrace Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Laguna Woods to visit a family member. She was in the waiting room with another relative close to her age. DeJesus, who worked at the facility, approached and asked Jane Doe #1 her name. He then touched her vagina over her clothes and walked away.  A short time later, DeJesus returned to the waiting room, approached Jane Doe #1, and again touched her vagina over her clothes and fled the scene.

On the night of July 8, 2011, 6-year-old Jane Doe #2 was at the Grand Park in Aliso Viejo for a movie night. DeJesus approached Jane Doe #2, who was playing with a relative just 10 feet from her father, and asked her name. He put his hand down her pants and touched her vagina. DeJesus then fled from the scene. Jane Doe #2 immediately told her father and the police were contacted. Shortly thereafter, an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy arrested DeJesus on his bike riding away from the park.

DeJesus’ lifetime sex offender registration bars him from entering County recreational areas and City parks which have passed the Sex Offender Ordinance. Visit www.orangecountyda.com to read the prior press releases on the County’s Sex Offender Ordinance as well as the 14 other cities that have enacted the Child Safety Zone Ordinance.

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WOMAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR TORTURING MAN BY CUTTING OFF HIS PENIS AFTER TYING HIM TO BED

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 8:32 am

SANTA ANA – A woman was sentenced today to seven years to life in state prison for torturing a man, with whom she had a romantic relationship, by cutting off his penis after tying him to his bed following an argument. She was sentenced to an additional two years in state prison for the personal use of a knife. Catherine Kieu, 50, Garden Grove, was found guilty by a jury April 29, 2013, of one felony count of torture, one felony count of aggravated mayhem, and a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife.

At the time of the crime, Kieu and 60-year-old John Doe had a romantic relationship and lived together in Garden Grove.

On the night of July 11, 2011, Kieu and John Doe had an argument over the possibility of a friend staying with them at their home at a later date. The defendant then prepared dinner for the victim and laced it with Ambien without the victim’s knowledge.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. John Doe became tired as a result of being drugged and went to bed. As he slept in his bed, Kieu tied the victim’s legs and arms to the four corners of the bed with nylon ropes. When John Doe awoke, the defendant pulled down his pants, grabbed the victim’s penis, and severed it with a knife. Kieu then took the penis to the kitchen, threw it into the garbage disposal, turned it on, and mutilated the organ. After attacking the victim, Kieu called 911 and reported that John Doe was bleeding. John Doe then spoke to police dispatch and reported that his penis had been cut off by the defendant.

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June 28, 2013

GENERAL ELECTRIC AVIATION SYSTEMS TO PAY U.S. $6.58 MILLION TO RESOLVE FALSE CLAIMS ACT ALLEGATIONS

Filed under: Federal Crimes Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:58 am

LOS ANGELES – General Electric Aviation Systems (GEAS) has agreed to pay $6.58 million to settle allegations that it submitted false claims in connection with multiple Department of Defense contracts, the Justice Department announced today. GEAS, headquartered in Ohio, manufactures and sells integrated systems and components for commercial, corporate, military and marine aircraft. The company operates a manufacturing facility in Santa Ana, California, where certain parts for military aircraft are fabricated and where the conduct at issue in this case took place.

GEAS contracted to manufacture and deliver to the Navy external fuel tanks (EFTs) for use on the F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter jet. GEAS manufactured the EFTs at its Santa Ana plant, which it acquired when it purchased another aerospace company in 2007. In March 2008, a GEAS-manufactured EFT failed government testing, which led to a multi-year investigation by the California offices of the Defense Contract Management Agency, the Defense Contract Audit Agency, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the Navy Criminal Investigative Service. As a result of that investigation, the United States alleged that GEAS knowingly failed to comply with contract specifications and failed to undertake proper quality control procedures in connection with 641 EFTs it delivered to the Navy between June 2005 and February 2008.

Most of the settlement announced today – $6.25 million – relates to the EFTs manufactured in Southern California.

“Defense contractors agree to provide the government with a quality product, and in doing so, they promise to follow strict manufacturing and testing protocols to ensure that our military receives only the best equipment,” said André Birotte Jr., the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California.  “In this case, some of the hardware sold to the government did not meet quality-control standards, and that failure could have put our service members at risk. This multimillion dollar settlement is designed to ensure that General Electric Aviation Systems does not engage in this type of misconduct in the future, and this case should serve as a warning to any government contractor who thinks it can cut corners.”

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MAN SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS AND EIGHT MONTHS FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING, RAPING, AND ROBBING TWO WOMEN HE MET THROUGH PENNYSAVER ADS IN 1980S

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:26 am

SANTA ANA - A man was sentenced today to six years and eight months in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for sexually assaulting, raping, and robbing two women whom he met through PennySaver advertisements for apartment rental and furniture sales in the 1980s. James Michael Camp, 59, Anaheim, pleaded guilty June 17, 2013, to two felony counts of rape by force or violence and one felony count of grand theft.

Circumstances of the Orange County Rapes

On July 23, 1980, Camp arranged a meeting with Jane Doe #1 after seeing a PennySaver advertisement she had placed for an apartment for rent in Santa Ana. Camp arranged to take a tour of the apartment with Jane Doe #1 later that evening.

During the tour, Camp approached Jane Doe #1 from behind and choked her. Camp pulled out a knife and threatened to kill the victim. Camp knocked Jane Doe #1 to the ground and forcibly orally copulated the victim. Camp then tied the victim with an electrical cord, raped her, and burglarized the apartment before fleeing the scene. The victim was able to untie herself and contacted the Santa Ana Police Department, who investigated this case.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. on July 22, 1981, Camp contacted Jane Doe #2 after he saw a PennySaver advertisement she had placed for patio furniture. Camp arranged to meet with Jane Doe #2 to look at the patio furniture that was advertised for sale. While Jane Doe #2 was in the backyard, Camp went back in the home and pulled out a knife from his pants when the victim went to check on him. Camp grabbed the victim and pulled her into the master bedroom. Camp pushed the victim onto the bed, forced the victim to orally copulate him, and then forcibly raped her. Camp then stole money from the victim’s jewelry box and valuables from her purse and fled from the scene. The Anaheim Police Department investigated this case.

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WOMAN CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TEEN RELATIVE’S 14-YEAR-OLD HOCKEY FRIEND

Filed under: Los Angeles sexual assault attorney — fayarfa @ 12:04 am

WOMAN CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TEEN RELATIVE’S 14-YEAR-OLD HOCKEY FRIEND

SANTA ANA - A woman was convicted today of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy who played on the hockey team of her teenage relative. The defendant was previously convicted in this case of also sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy.

Kathia Maria Davis, 46, Laguna Niguel, pleaded guilty today to four felony counts of lewd acts on a child for John Doe #1.

The defendant was previously found guilty by a jury Aug. 9, 2012, of four felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse for John Doe #2, and two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for John Doe #2 and Jane Doe #1.

That jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict regarding the sex crimes against John Doe #1. Davis faces a maximum sentence of seven years and eight months in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration at her sentencing July 30, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-29, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Davis met 14-year-old John Doe #1 and 16-year-old John Doe #2 through her male relative’s hockey team.

On one occasion between April 2006 and April 2008, the defendant let her relative and John Doe #1 drink alcohol in her home during a sleepover. After two of the defendant’s teen relatives fell asleep on the floor, Davis sexually assaulted the victim by kissing and masturbating him in the same room.

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June 27, 2013

U.S. Immigration Official Named in Federal Indictment that Alleges Bribes to Approve Applications for Citizenship and ‘Green Card’

Filed under: Federal Crimes Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 4:49 pm

SANTA ANA, California – An immigration service officer with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was indicted today on federal charges that allege she took thousands of dollars in bribes from three immigrants who were seeking either citizenship or lawful permanent resident status in the United States.

Mai Nhu Nguyen, 47, of Irvine, was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury. The indictment specifically alleges three counts of solicitation and receipt of a bribe by a public official.

Nguyen was arrested on June 6 after allegedly accepting a $2,200 bribe from an immigrant who was seeking United States citizenship.

In addition to the bribe earlier this month, the indictment alleges that Nguyen solicited and took bribes from immigrants in 2011.  In one case, Nguyen is accused of taking $1,000 from an immigrant seeking a “Green Card” and 200 egg rolls from an immigrant seeking citizenship.

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