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January 19, 2012

35-YEAR-OLD MAN ARRAIGNED FOR ATTEMPTING TO MEET FAKE13-YEAR-OLD GIRL FOR SEX AFTER MEETING ON CRAIGSLIST

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: — fayarfa @ 8:30 am

WESTMINSTER - A 35-year-old man was arraigned today for attempting to meet a fake 13-year-old girl for the purpose of committing unlawful sexual acts after engaging her in explicit online sexual conversations. Oscar Zamora Pinedo, 35, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count each of contacting a minor with intent to commit a lewd act and arranging to meet a minor to commit a lewd act. He faces a maximum sentence of six years in state prison if convicted. Pinedo is in custody on $100,000 bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing, Feb. 24, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-14, West Justice Center, Westminster.

Over the course of several months in 2011, Pinedo is accused of initiating contact and engaging in numerous sexually explicit emails with a person he believed to be a 13-year-old girl after responding to an ad on Craigslist. The defendant is accused of unknowingly communicating with a detective from the Huntington Beach Police Department, believing it was a 13-year-old girl. Pinedo is accused of arranging to meet the fictional girl in Huntington Beach.

On Jan. 4, 2012, Pinedo is accused of driving to Huntington Beach with the intention to commit unlawful sexual acts with the fake 13-year-old girl. When Pinedo arrived at the prearranged location, he is accused of being in possession of several condoms and Viagra. Pinedo was arrested upon arrival.

May 10, 2011

Sheriffs Deputy Accused of Engaging in Sex Acts with a Teenage Girl

LONG BEACH – A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy accused of engaging in sex acts with a teenage girl is expected to be arraigned on May 6, 2011. Deputy District Attorney Deborah Escobar of the Justice System Integrity Division said Orlando Denison, 34 (dob 8/16/76), is charged with two felony counts of oral copulation of a person under 18. Denison is expected to appear for arraignment in Department J of Long Beach Superior Court. The defendant was charged on May 5 in case No. NA088848 in a felony complaint for arrest warrant. Officers of the Long Beach Police Department arrested Denison without incident at his residence yesterday afternoon. The alleged offenses, which occurred in July 2010, involve a female relative who was 16 at the time. If convicted as charged, Denison faces a maximum sentence of three years, eight months in state prison. Bail for the defendant is recommended at $100,000.

September 28, 2009

Roman Polanski - Time to Let Go or Time for Justice?

On September 27, 2009, the Swiss Police arrested film director
Roman Polanski in Zurich, Switzerland. Polanski faces possible extradition to the United States for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. Under California law, 13-year-old minors are incapable of consenting to sex. The prosecution originally charged Polanski, aged 43 at the time, with sixcounts of rape, sodomy, child molestation and giving drugs to a minor. He faced up to 50 years in state prison. In August 1977, Polanski pleaded guilty to a single count of having unlawful sex with the 13-year-old girl. In December, he went into prison for a 90-day psychiatric study, but was released after 42 days. In February 1978, Polanski jumped bail and fled to France, his native country where he has remained ever since.

Mr. Polanski had a tough life. His accuser, Samantha Geimer, who
long ago identified herself publicly, wants the case dismissed and wants the saga concluded. Polanski, a French native, who was taken to Poland by his parents, escaped Krakow’s Jewish ghetto as a child during World War II and lived off the charity of strangers. His mother died at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp. Polanski became a film maker in Poland and eventually came to Hollywood, where he directed several movies. In 1969, his wife, actress Sharon Tate, and four other people were gruesomely murdered in Los Angeles by followers of cult figure Charles Manson. Tate was eight months pregnant at the time.

Should the case against Mr. Polanski be dropped since so much time
has passed, the accuser wants the case concluded and Mr. Polanski
suffered several horrific tragedies over his lifetime? Or, should he face the criminal justice system?

By: Fay Arfa, Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney

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