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January 28, 2013

MAN SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR TOUCHING SLEEPING FEMALES IN FIVE HOME BURGLARIES, INCLUDING SEXUALLY ASSAULTING AN 11 AND 13 YEAR OLD GIRL

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 9:57 pm

SANTA ANA - A man was sentenced today to 30 years to life in state prison for breaking into five Orange County homes and touching female victims who were sleeping inside, including sexually assaulting an 11 and 13 year old girl. Roberto Jacobo Reyes, 50, Santa Ana, was found guilty by a jury Nov. 15, 2012, of one felony count of forcible lewd act on a child under 14, two felony counts of lewd act upon child under 14, and three felony counts of first degree residential burglary with sentencing enhancement allegations for committing lewd acts in the commission of residential burglaries, committing lewd acts on multiple victims, and for having a non-accomplice present during a residential burglary, and a sentencing enhancement for a 2003 prior strike for residential burglary.

At approximately 11:00 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2010, Reyes entered the bedroom of 11-year-old Jane Doe #1 through a bedroom window while she slept. Jane Doe #1 awoke and Reyes held down the victim and covered her mouth so she was unable to scream. He fondled the victim’s vagina and breasts over her clothes. Jane Doe #1 was able to escape by kicking and pushing the defendant, who fled the home back out through the open window. Jane Doe #1 immediately told a relative, who called 911. The Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) collected DNA evidence at the scene.

At approximately 1:00 a.m. on Jan. 24, 2010, Reyes broke into 13-year-old Jane Doe #2’s Santa Ana residence. Reyes rubbed Jane Doe #2 down the side of her body while she was sleeping. He woke Jane Doe #2, who immediately screamed. Reyes fled the scene through the back door. The victim’s mother called 911.

At approximately 3:50 a.m. on Oct. 25, 2009, Reyes entered the bedroom of 19-year-old Jane Doe #3 in Santa Ana through a bedroom window. The defendant woke the sleeping victim by rubbing her thighs and arms. The terrified Jane Doe #3 kicked at the defendant, who fled the scene back out the bedroom window. Jane Doe #3 called police.

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January 19, 2013

FORMER ENGLISH TEACHER CONVICTED OF LEWD ACTS WITH 14-YEAR-OLD STUDENT

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 10:40 am

SANTA ANA - A former teacher was convicted today of inappropriately kissing and hugging a 14-year-old female student. Joshua Alexander Evans, 33, Fullerton, pleaded guilty to a court offer to two felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts upon a child between the ages of 14 and 15. Evans was sentenced to one year in Orange County jail, three years of formal probation, and mandatory lifetime registration as a sex offender.

Between December 2011 and January 2012, while an English teacher at El Rancho Charter School in Anaheim Hills, Evans developed a relationship with one of the students, 14-year-old Jane Doe. He groomed the victim by sending her texts, emails, and playing a game with her over the cell phone. On at least three different occasions, Evans met Jane Doe at another student’s home. On two of those occasions, Evans kissed Jane Doe on the mouth and embraced her.

Jane Doe’s mother discovered the assault and reported the crime to the school, who contacted the police. The Anaheim Police Department investigated the case.

California Penal Code section 288(c)(1) states that lewd and lascivious acts upon a child is charged when touching a minor with the intent of arousing, appealing to, and gratifying the lust, passions, and sexual desires of the defendant and the child.

January 9, 2013

PODIATRIST TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR POSSESSING OVER 1,000 CHILD PORNOGRAPHY IMAGES ON OFFICE COMPUTER

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 7:56 pm

SANTA ANA - A podiatrist is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow for possessing over 1,000 images of child pornography on his office computer. Pete Thomas, 58, Long Beach, is charged with one felony count of possession and control of child pornography. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration. Thomas is out of custody on $50,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Jan. 10, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

On Oct. 15, 2012, Thomas was a podiatrist at Coastline Podiatry in Santa Ana. The defendant is accused of having a representative from an imaging company, setup and install a scanner on an office computer. The representative noticed thumbnail images of young girls who were nude and in sexual positions. The representative completed the installation, told his supervisor about the images, and reported it to the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD).

On Oct. 30, 2012, SAPD and the Orange County Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory investigated the files on the computer. The defendant is accused of possessing approximately 1,100 images of girls ranging from 7 to 12 years old in stages of undress and showing their breasts or vagina, including approximately 100 images of young girls involved in sex acts with grown men. On Dec. 11, 2012, SAPD arrested Thomas.

December 27, 2012

Man arrested in alleged sexual assault of 14-year-old Lancaster girl

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 10:35 pm

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said Thursday they have arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old Lancaster girl as she walked to school.

Charles James, 30, contacted local detectives Wednesday evening after learning authorities were looking for him, said Sgt. Brian Hudson, of the sheriff’s department’s special victims bureau.

Authorities found James at the home of a relative in Greenville, S.C., where he was on vacation, Hudson said. He was taken into custody by local law enforcement officials Thursday morning.

“He was located as a result of all the media attention this case received,” Hudson said.

James is suspected of following the girl just after 6 a.m. on Dec. 13 as she walked to school in the 2000 block of East Avenue J-8 in Lancaster, authorities said.
According to authorities, the victim noticed a man following her and crossed the street. He did the same and soon after dragged her into bushes where he attacked her, the sheriff’s department said.

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December 21, 2012

Suspected Stalker Charged

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 8:07 am

SAN FERNANDO — A 20-year-old Sylmar man dubbed the “Ear Gauge Stalker” was charged today with kidnapping and other counts and was awaiting arraignment, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Kevion Roy Hunt (dob 5-24-92) is scheduled to be arraigned after 1:30 p.m. at San Fernando Superior Court, Department S. He is charged in case PA075469 with seven felony counts, including assault with intent to commit a felony, attempted forcible rape, sexual battery by restraint, kidnapping to commit another crime and kidnapping, said Deputy District Attorney Carolyn McNary.

The complaint alleges Hunt assaulted two women on Dec. 9. Police said Hunt allegedly assaulted one woman who was pushing a baby stroller shortly before 3 a.m. He allegedly assaulted the second female about an hour later as she was walking to her Sylmar apartment.

Hunt surrendered to police on Friday. Prosecutors will ask his bail be set at $1.4 million.

If convicted, he faces up to life in state prison.

December 13, 2012

FORMER TEACHER SENTENCED FOR MOLESTING TWO STUDENTS AND POSSESSING GRAPHIC CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 3:41 am

SANTA ANA - A former teacher was convicted and sentenced yesterday for molesting two female students, ages 13 and 15, and possessing graphic child pornography depicting young girls. Alex Bassinne, 51, Newport Beach, pleaded guilty to a court offer, Dec. 11, 2012, to one felony count each of lewd acts upon a child under 14, lewd acts upon a child, and possession and control of child pornography. Bassinne was sentenced to one year in jail, three years formal probation, and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration.

At the time of the sexual assaults, Bassinne was a teacher with the Santa Ana Unified School District who had worked at Santa Ana High School and Raymond A. Villa Fundamental Intermediate School. During this time, Bassinne made inappropriate sexual comments and leered at students.

On Feb. 15, 2009, Bassinne molested 15-year-old Jane Doe #2 by touching her buttocks during a class trip. Between Nov. 1, 2010, and Nov. 4, 2010, Bassinne looked down the shirt of 13-year-old Jane Doe #1. When Jane Doe #1 attempted to move her shirt to stop him, Bassinne grabbed the victim’s shirt and positioned it so that he could continue looking down it.

In 2011, Bassinne moved with his family from a home in Laguna Niguel to a home in Newport Beach and left several items of furniture behind, including a desk. Bassinne left a disc in the desk containing images of graphic child pornography depicting girls, approximately 10 to 12 years old. In April 2011, someone discovered the disc and turned it over to law enforcement authorities.

Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) subsequently searched the defendant’s Newport Beach home. In this home, Bassinne possessed additional child pornography similar in nature to that found in the Laguna Niguel home.

Former Head of L.A. City Neighborhood Commission Sentenced to Seven Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Child Pornography

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 3:36 am

LOS ANGELES – A San Fernando Valley man who was president of the City of Los Angeles’ Board of Neighborhood Commissioners was sentenced this afternoon to 84 months in federal prison for distributing child pornography.

Albert Noah Abrams, 64, of Tarzana, was sentenced by United States District Judge R. Gary Klausner. At the conclusion of the sentencing hearing, Judge Klausner remanded Abrams into custody.

Abrams was arrested in this case in February and pleaded guilty in September to one count of distributing child pornography.

The case against Abrams resulted from an investigating into the sharing of child pornography on a peer-to-peer network. Following a search of Abrams’ residence in 2011, federal agents reviewed files on a computer and two external hard drives and determined there were more than 3,500 pictures and over 4,200 videos of suspected child pornography, according to a sentencing memorandum filed by prosecutors. Investigators also determined that the computer equipment had more than 3,000 deleted pictures of child pornography and over 4,000 deleted movie files that had names suggesting child pornography.

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December 10, 2012

Mother and Daughter Sentenced for Crimes Related to Child Sex Trafficking

SACRAMENTO, CA—United States District Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. today sentenced Latrelle Alicia Hornbuckle, 24, and Tammy Rena Brown, 44, of Sacramento, to six-and-a-half years and three years in prison, respectively, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

On May 1, 2012, Hornbuckle pleaded guilty to witness tampering, and on April 25, 2012, Brown pleaded guilty to concealing a felony. Both defendants were originally indicted for multiple counts relating to the sex trafficking of minors. Brown is Hornbuckle’s mother. Codefendants in the case include Brown’s other daughters, Tynisha, 24; Tamrell, 26; and Cherrelle Hornbuckle, 25. On October 18, 2012, Judge England sentenced Tynisha Hornbuckle to 15 years and eight months and Tamrell Hornbuckle to 12 years and seven months in prison. Cherrelle Hornbuckle is scheduled to be sentenced on January 10, 2013.

According to court documents, starting in 2008, the defendants solicited clients for minor females. At that time, a 13-year-old runaway started working as a prostitute for Tynisha Hornbuckle. This victim continued to work for Tynisha Hornbuckle until the defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2011. Tynisha Hornbuckle was also the pimp for at least two other minor victims. Tamrell Hornbuckle was also the pimp for one of the minor victims after she turned 18. There were also at least two adult victims who worked for both Tynisha and Tamrell Hornbuckle. The sisters would drive the girls to meet clients and then would pick them up at the conclusion. These encounters took place at motels or the homes of Tamrell, Cherrelle, or Latrelle Hornbuckle or at their mother’s house. The owner of the home got a cut.

On May 5, 2011, Tamrell and Latrelle Hornbuckle discussed the FBI investigation with one of the victims. In response to the victim’s questions about what she should say if questioned by the FBI, Latrelle Hornbuckle told the victim to lie. Latrelle Hornbuckle also told the victim that if she were called to testify, she should say nothing. Tamrell and Latrelle Hornbuckle discussed various facts in the case and possible deceptive and false answers the victim could give to the FBI if asked about those facts. For instance, as it concerned a photograph of the victim located on Tamrell Hornbuckle’s phone that was sent to an undercover FBI agent during a prostitution sting, Tamrell and Latrelle Hornbuckle told the victim to tell the FBI that Tamrell had the photograph because the victim had sent it to her and that Tamrell liked girls. In truth, Tamrell Hornbuckle had this photograph of the victim on her phone because she used it to send to potential customers when they inquired about girls who might be available for prostitution services.

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December 3, 2012

PATIENT CARE ASSISTANT CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TWO WOMEN AND BATTERING A THIRD WHILE THEY WERE RECOVERING IN THE HOSPITAL

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 7:11 pm

SANTA ANA - A patient care assistant was convicted and sentenced today for sexually assaulting two women and battering another while they were in-patients at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. Narcisco Romanes Blando, 48, Orange, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of sexual battery on an institutionalized person and two misdemeanor counts of battery. He was sentenced to four years in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration.

At the time of the crimes, Blando worked as a patient care assistant at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center.

On Aug. 11, 2011, 60-year-old Jane Doe #2 was an in-patient at the hospital. While the victim was recovering from surgery, Blando stroked Jane Doe #2’s hair and kissed her lips and cheek against the victim’s will. Blando had no medical reason or necessity for touching Jane Doe #2.

On Feb. 6, 2012, 54-year-old Jane Doe #1 was an in-patient at the hospital. Blando sexually assaulted her while she was in her hospital bed by rubbing her vagina under her hospital gown under the pretense of applying lotion after the victim complained of pain in her ankle. There was no medical reason or necessity for the defendant to touch the victim’s vagina. Blando stopped when Jane Doe #1 began to cry.

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November 30, 2012

MALE NURSE’S ASSISTANT SENTENCED TO 21 YEARS FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TWO WOMEN IN HIS CARE

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 9:07 pm

SANTA ANA - A male nurse’s assistant was sentenced today to 21 years in state prison for sexually assaulting two women while they were in his care.  Alejandro Arias, 40, Cypress, was found guilty by a jury, July 20, 2012, of five felony counts of forcible lewd acts upon a dependent person by a caretaker, five felony counts of sexual battery on an institutionalized person, three felony counts of lewd acts upon a dependent person by a caretaker, one felony count of sexual penetration by foreign object by force, and one felony count of attempted sexual battery.

Arias, a certified nursing assistant and assistant physical therapist at Anaheim Terrace Care Center, sexually assaulted two female patients while they were in his care and unable to resist due to medication and their medical conditions.

Between April 1, 2008, and July 18, 2008, Arias sexually assaulted 60-year-old Jane Doe #1 and 50-year-old Jane Doe #2 on separate occasions while they were in his care for temporary in-patient rehabilitation therapy. The victims do not know each other. He entered their respective rooms under the pretense of performing legitimate medical responsibilities. Arias assaulted the women including digital penetration, sexually touching their breasts and vaginas, and making them or attempting to make them masturbate his penis. Both victims reported the sexual abuse after leaving the care center.

At the sentencing today, Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2 gave victim impact statements to the court. Jane Doe #1 stated that she suffers from panic attacks and feels uncomfortable around men she does not know and has lost her trust in people.

Jane Doe #2 stated she now has a “Do Not Resuscitate” order on file because she does not want to be victimized again and said in part, “I and the other victims were not protected, I will have to live with this nightmare for the rest of my life, while he will eventually be released from prison and will live his life like nothing happened.”

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