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December 6, 2012

YOUTH SPORTS COACH SENTENCED TO OVER 285 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING HIS STUDENTS INCLUDING FORCIBLE SODOMY AND ORAL COPULATION

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 7:24 pm

SANTA ANA - A youth sports coach was sentenced today to 13 years and six months plus an additional 285 years to life in state prison for sexually assaulting 11 of his students, whom he met through his coaching jobs. Luis Alberto Pineda, 31, Anaheim, was found guilty by a jury Nov. 5, 2012, of 17 felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, two felony counts each of sodomy by force, sodomy of a person under the age of 16, oral copulation of a minor under 16, lewd acts upon a child, one felony count each of oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child 10 years old or younger and attempted lewd act upon a child under the age of 14 and three misdemeanor counts of simple assault and sentencing allegations for substantial sexual conduct with a child and committing lewd acts on multiple victims

Between 2005 and 2010, Pineda was a martial arts assistant instructor at Moo Yea Do Martial Arts in Fullerton and was also a soccer coach for the North Orange County Youth Soccer Premier League. Pineda met his victims through these coaching jobs and, during that time, Pineda befriended the parents of the victims and arranged to watch over the students after practices or games.

Pineda molested 10 boys and one girl after practices, games, or while taking them out to go to the movies or have dinner. Pineda sodomized and orally copulated a 14-year-old male student outside a Fullerton business while taking him home after karate practice. Pineda forcibly sodomized an 11-year-old male student while driving him home from soccer practice. On several occasions, Pineda fondled and masturbated his victims over and under their clothes. On one occasion between Dec. 25, 2007, and Dec. 24, 2008, Pineda sexually touched 9-year-old Jane Doe between her legs and put his hands down the inside of her shirt and pants.

The sexual assaults were initially reported to the Fullerton Police Department and then transferred to the Anaheim Police Department, who investigated the case.

During the sentencing today, two of the victims and one mother gave impact statements to the court. The mother said that her son continues to suffer emotionally from the damage Pineda caused and that Pineda betrayed her and the families of all of his victims. The Honorable Richard King, who sentenced the defendant to the maximum sentence, said, “Rats don’t do this to their children. Vultures don’t do this to their children.”

November 26, 2012

Arizona Man Who Traveled to Southern California to Have Sex with Teenage Boy Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison

RIVERSIDE, California – A Peoria, Arizona man who admitted that he traveled twice to Southern California to have sex with a 14-year-old boy he met on the Internet was sentenced today to 12 years in federal prison.

Michael Killala, 43, was sentenced to 144 months in prison by United States District Judge Virginia A. Phillips.

The victim’s mother spoke during today’s sentencing hearing, stating that Killala “preyed on our son for his own perverse sexual gratification.” The woman said that her son was “severely traumatized,” and that he suffered from debilitating anxiety, flashbacks, overwhelming shame, anger, loss of sleep, nightmares, severe depression and fear that Killala was going to kill him.

Killala pleaded guilty in August to two counts of possessing child pornography. Among the images in his possession, Killala possessed two images depicting one of his illicit sexual encounters with the 14-year-old victim.

According to court documents, Killala met the boy on the Internet in 2011, when the victim was 14 and living in Corona, California. Killala visited the boy in December 2011, when they had a sexual encounter. In January 2012, Killala again visited the boy, this time taking him to a hotel in Ontario, California, where he gave the victim vodka before having sex with him. Killala was arrested as he was checking out of the hotel.

A search of Killala’s mobile phone revealed more than 3,000 text messages between Killala and the boy, as well as Killala’s relationship with another teenage boy who exchanged sexually explicit photographs with Killala.

November 10, 2012

Wrestling Coach Charged with Child Molestation

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 10:06 am

EL MONTE – A former assistant high school wrestling coach who ran children’s wrestling program in Rosemead faces arraignment in El Monte Superior Court tomorrow on charges he sexually molested two boys, the District Attorney’s office announced today.

Herbert Daniel Ortizmonroy, also known as Herbert Daniel Ortiz, 29 (dob 11/15/1982), was charged last month in a felony complaint for arrest warrant (GA 087545). The defendant, a U.S. citizen, was arrested at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico and deported back to California. He was returned to Los Angeles this week and is scheduled to appear tomorrow in El Monte Department 3 for arraignment. Bail is $1 million.

The defendant is charged with three counts of lewd act upon a child and two of oral copulation of a person under the age of 16. The complaint alleged the bulk of the crimes occurred between 2008 and 2010 and involved a 14-year-old victim. One of the child molestation counts was alleged to have occurred in 2002, when the second victim was under the age of 14.

The case came to light one of victims ran across the defendant’s account on Facebook, then made a made a video incorporating some of the Facebook material. The video – a music montage — appeared on YouTube was seen by the other victim.

November 5, 2012

MARRIED TEACHERS SENTENCED FOR UNLAWFUL SEX, SODOMY, AND ORAL COPULATION WITH 17-YEAR-OLD MALE STUDENT

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 7:14 pm

WESTMINSTER - Two married school teachers were sentenced today for having an unlawful sexual relationship together and on their own with a 17-year-old male high school student. Gay Davidson-Shepard, 60, Huntington Beach, pleaded guilty to a court offer Aug. 30, 2012, to three felony counts each of unlawful sexual intercourse, sodomy with a person under 18 years old, oral copulation of a minor, and one misdemeanor count each of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and violation of a protective order. She was sentenced to three years of formal probation with four years in jail stayed. Her husband Daniel Alma Shepard, 63, Huntington Beach, pleaded guilty to a court offer Aug. 30, 2012, to two felony counts of oral copulation of a minor, one felony count of sodomy with a person under 18 years old, and one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was sentenced to three years of formal probation with two years in jail stayed. Both defendants were ordered to complete counseling and 60 days of community service.

The People objected to the sentence, arguing for state prison time and lifetime sex offender registration.

At the time of the crime, Gay Davidson-Shepard was a teacher at Mesa View Middle School in Huntington Beach and her husband Daniel Shepard was a teacher at Westminster High School in Westminster.

Daniel Shepard met John Doe while the victim was a student at Westminster High School. In March 2009, Daniel Shepard and Gay Davidson-Shepard groomed the 17-year-old victim by regularly inviting him to their Huntington Beach home to drink alcohol, eat, play board games, and watch movies.

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October 26, 2012

Accused Sex Offender Faces Minimum Sentence of 15 Years in Federal Prison after Pleading Guilty to Filming Child Molestation

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 2:01 pm

RIVERSIDE, California – A San Bernardino man pleaded guilty today in federal court to production of child pornography for filming his sexual conduct with a 13-year-old boy who lived near his residence.

Pedro Ruiz, who also used the name Peter Ruiz, 33, pleaded guilty this morning to one count of production of child pornography, a charge that carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in federal prison and could result in a sentence of as much as 30 years in federal prison.

Ruiz pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Virginia A. Phillips, who scheduled a sentencing hearing for December 17.

“Children are the most vulnerable members of our communities, and we are devoted to fighting their exploitation by predators like Ruiz,” said United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. “Congress has determined that lengthy prison sentences are warranted when people like Ruiz victimize young children.”

In a plea agreement filed in United States District Court, Ruiz admits that in 2009 he produced sexually explicit videos and images of the 13-year-old victim, who lived only a few houses away from Ruiz. When federal authorities searched Ruiz’s residence in 2010, they found on his computer thousands of videos and images depicting what defendant knew was child pornography.

A further examination of Ruiz’s computer devices revealed distribution of pornographic images of a prepubescent boy. In a combined effort with local law enforcement, FBI agents soon identified the 13-year-old victim, as well as two other local victims.

The San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office last year charged Ruiz with 23 counts of lewd acts upon a child, alleging the molestation of three victims, including the victim in the federal child pornography case. That case is still pending in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Authorities have uncovered evidence, which includes images found on Ruiz’s computer, that there may be other, unidentified victims of child molestation at the hands of Ruiz.

August 15, 2012

Teen Mother Charged with Leaving Two Children in Hot Car

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 8:08 pm

LOS ANGELES – An 18-year-old mother who allegedly left her two-week-old infant daughter and her 1-year-old son in a locked car to go shopping Saturday was charged today with misdemeanor child abuse, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Arely Aide Amaya, of Los Angeles, is scheduled to be arraigned after 1:30 p.m. at the East Los Angeles Superior Court, 4848 East Civic Center Way. Prosecutors will ask bail be set at $50,000. The courtroom will be assigned after 1:30 p.m.

Amaya was arrested Saturday after they responded to calls that the baby girl and boy were in a locked car with the windows partially rolled down and sweltering heat. Sheriff’s deputies who responded were able to unlock the car and place rescue the children.

Amaya, who had been shopping for a dress at a nearby store, was arrested when she returned to her car. The children were taken into protective custody by the Department of Children and Family Services.

If convicted on two counts of misdemeanor child abuse, she faces up to two years in county jail.

August 14, 2012

WOMAN CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TEEN RELATIVE’S 16-YEAR-OLD HOCKEY FRIEND

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 1:29 pm

SANTA ANA - A woman was convicted today of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy who played on the hockey team of her teenage relative. Kathia Maria Davis, 45, Laguna Niguel, was found guilty by a jury 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. The defendant faces a maximum sentence of five years in state prison based on this conviction. The jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on four felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 for John Doe #1, one misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for John Doe #3, and a sentencing enhancement allegation for substantial sexual conduct with a child for John Doe #1. The People intend to re-try those charges. Davis is scheduled for the re-trial and sentencing Nov. 5, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-29, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Davis is accused of meeting 13-year-old John Doe #1 and 16-year-old John Doe #2 through her male relative’s hockey team.

On one occasion between April 30, 2005, and April 29, 2006, the defendant is accused of letting 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 of the room they were all in, Davis is accused of sexually assaulting the victim by kissing and masturbating him.

On four occasions between July 1, 2010, and July 31, 2011, the defendant had unlawful sexual intercourse with John Doe #2 at her home in her bedroom. Davis also gave John Doe #2 alcohol.

On one occasion, Davis encouraged John Doe #2 and a teen girl to drink alcohol during a party in her home. She is accused of encouraging her teen relative, John Doe #3, to drink at that same party.

John Doe #2 told his mother about the unlawful sexual contact and alcohol consumption with Davis, and the Orange County Sherriff’s Department was subsequently contacted, which led to their investigation into the sexual assaults.

August 13, 2012

Sheriff’s Deputy Pleads to Child Sex Crime

LOS ANGELES – A 46-year-old Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy pleaded no contest today to having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl.

Deputy District Attorney Andrea Thompson of the Sex Crimes Division said Kenneth Alexander pleaded no contest to an amended count of oral copulation of a person under 18. He returns to court Aug. 29 for sentencing before Judge Mark Windham.

Alexander, who was assigned to the Sheriff’s Marina Del Rey station, responded to an investigation at the victim’s home. A relationship developed after that meeting and took place between Aug. 10, 2010 and Feb. 28, 2011, according to the charging document.

Alexander, who remains free on his own recognizance, faces five years formal probation, 60 days in county jail and one year of sex offender treatment.

August 3, 2012

Riverside County Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Participating in a Child Pornography File Sharing Network

LOS ANGELES—A Homeland man was been sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 10 years in federal prison for his participation in a file sharing network in which members traded child pornography, announced André Birotte, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Central District of California; and Timothy Delaney, the Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division.

George Devinna, 74, was sentenced by United States District Judge S. James Otero late Thursday, July 27, to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. On April 2, Devinna pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. Devinna, who has two prior federal child pornography convictions, has been in custody since his arrest in December 2011.

Devinna was charged in a criminal complaint filed on December 9, 2011, with the possession, distribution, and receipt of child pornography. During 2011, agents conducting an investigation of illegal file-sharing networks in Rochester, New York and Los Angeles uncovered several images depicting child pornography. Further investigation and subsequent Internet subscriber checks identified the distributor of the illicit images as George Devinna, with an address that matched his Homeland residence. The downloaded images linked to Devinna’s computer included sexually explicit photographs of pre-teen boys.

On December 2, 2011, a search warrant was executed at Devinna’s home, where agents found child pornography and other evidence linking Devinna to the file sharing network. Files found on Devinna’s computer included sexually explicit videos involving pre-teen boys that investigators recognized as part of a documented child pornography series.

July 21, 2012

Fugitive Wanted for Crimes Against Children in Santa Barbara County Arrested in Guatemala, Returned to U.S.

Filed under: Los Angeles sexual assault attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 11:32 am

A fugitive wanted by Santa Barbara County authorities and the FBI for approximately 18 years was returned to the United States on Saturday, announced Timothy Delaney, Acting Assistant Director of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.

Jeffrey Reed Parish, 65, who was wanted for multiple state violations, was taken into custody by police in Guatemala who were acting on information developed by investigators assigned to the case.

Parish was charged by the Santa Barbara District Attorney in 1994 with lewd and lascivious acts with a child; oral copulation with a child; and failure to appear, based on an investigation by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

Parish had been scheduled for trial in Santa Barbara Municipal Court on March 31, 1994. An arrest warrant was issued by the court when Parish failed to appear for his scheduled trial. When it had been established that Parish had fled the jurisdiction of California, the FBI initiated a federal fugitive investigation, and Parish was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution (UFAP). A federal warrant for his arrest was issued by the United States District Court, Central District of California, in June 1994.

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