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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 23, 2013

Five Charged in Clothing Store Robbery

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 5:37 am

LOS ANGELES – Five people were charged today with last week’s violent armed robbery at a Westchester clothing store where 14 employees were held hostage, including two who were assaulted, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center, Department 30, are Troy Marsay Hammock, 29 (dob 11-26-83); Everett Oneal Allen, 24 (dob 5-11-88); Rochelle Monique Sherman, 33 (dob 6-17-79); and Paula Roneshia Bradley, 29 (dob 2-1-83). They are charged in case BA 406798.

Prosecutors also charged Raymond Sherman Jr., 34 (dob 6-29-78), who was arrested in Arizona and is awaiting extradition. He was charged in the same complaint with two counts of forcible rape, one count of oral copulation, one count of kidnapping for rape, one count of assault with a deadly weapon and 14 counts of second-degree robbery. The complaint also alleges that Sherman personally used a handgun.

Hammock and Allen are charged with 14 counts each of second-degree robbery and one count each of assault with a deadly weapon, a knife.

The two female defendants are charged with one count each of accessory after the fact.

Deputy District Attorneys Frank Santoro with the Major Crimes Division and Darci Lanphere with Sex Crimes Division are prosecuting the case.

The armed robbery at the clothing store at Promenade at Howard Hughes Center was reported about 11 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. During the robbery, one female employee was stabbed while a second female was forced into a separate room where she was sexually assaulted. LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division arrested the suspects Friday and Saturday.

January 19, 2013

Man Charged in Burning Death of Teen Girl

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 10:46 am

COMPTON – A murder charge was filed by the District Attorney’s Office today against a 35-year-old man accused of killing a 17-year-old girl whose burning body was found in a South Los Angeles street last fall.

Damond Williams (dob 3-18-1977) was expected to appear for arraignment later today in Compton Superior Court Department 12. He was arrested by Los Angeles Police on Thursday.

Besides the murder of the girl, identified only as Terrey W., Williams is charged with assaulting and raping a second woman in 2007. She survived.

Case No. TA 126561 charged Williams with one count of murder in the Sept. 17, 2012, killing of the teen whose burning body was found on Grand Avenue just north of 94th Street. He also is charged with one count each of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, forcible rape, sodomy by force and forcible oral copulation involving the second victim, identified only as Patricia B.

Bail was recommended at $1.33 million.

If convicted, Williams faces a possible maximum state prison term of life with the possibility of parole.

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 17, 2013

Newhall Man Sent to Prison for Molesting Underage Girls

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 7:49 pm

SAN FERNANDO – A 20-year-old Newhall man who trolled for teen girls on Internet social media sites and hung out with younger boys so he could meet younger girls was sentenced to 15 years and four months in state prison today after pleading no contest to molesting 15 girls in 2010 and 2011, the District Attorney’s Office announced

Deputy District Attorney Julie Kramer said Michael Downs was sentenced by San Fernando Superior Court Judge Hayden Zacky. Downs pleaded to 14 felony counts and one misdemeanor charge involving the victims, between the ages of 16 and 12 when the crimes occurred. She said the felony charges included eight counts of lewd conduct with a child, five counts of unlawful sex with a minor and one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object of a minor. The misdemeanor count was sexual battery.

Downs was charged in December 2011 and has been in custody since then in connection with the case. As part of his sentence, he must register for life as a sex offender. A restitution hearing will be scheduled by Judge Zacky on Feb. 27.

Authorities said Downs was between the ages of 18 and 19 when the crimes occurred. They said he lied about his age, pretending to be 15 or 16. He would meet the victims through social media, at malls and house parties. He also befriended younger teen boys to meet girls in their age group.

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.

January 8, 2013

FORMER U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OFFICER CONVICTED AND SENTENCED FOR RAPING TWO WOMEN

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 8:38 pm

SANTA ANA - A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer was convicted today and sentenced to six years in state prison for raping two women. Miguel Lerma Jr., 33, Fountain Valley, pleaded guilty to one felony count of forcible rape for Jane Doe #1 and one felony count of rape of an intoxicated person for Jane Doe #2.

At the time of the sexual assaults, Lerma was employed as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

On Sept. 10, 2009, Lerma met Jane Doe #2 while she was out drinking with a friend in Long Beach. Over the course of the night, Jane Doe #2 became intoxicated due to alcohol and blacked out. While the victim was unconscious from alcohol intoxication, Lerma raped her. She did not know the defendant prior to this evening. The victim later awoke lying in the bushes alone.

Jane Doe #2 reported the rape and Lerma was interviewed and submitted a DNA swab as part of the investigation. The investigation for the rape of Jane Doe #2 was still ongoing and had not been charged in Los Angeles County’s Office as of November 2010.

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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 19, 2012

Teen Pleads Guilty in Stevenson Ranch Rape

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 7:06 pm

SAN FERNANDO – A 19-year-old man pleaded guilty to forcible rape and other charges today in the Jan. 8 sexual assault of a Stevenson Ranch woman.

Deputy District Attorney Julie Kramer said Jerry Moon is due back in court for sentencing on Jan. 30. As part of a plea agreement, Moon will be sentenced by San Fernando Superior Court Judge Lloyd Nash to 43 years to life in prison, the prosecutor said. The defendant also must register as a sex offender.

Besides one count of forcible rape, Moon pleaded guilty to one count each of sexual penetration by a foreign object by means of force and forcible oral copulation. He admitted that during commission of the crimes, the victim was tied and bound, and the sexual assault occurred during commission of a burglary.

The victim made an impact statement to the court after the defendant entered the plea, Kramer said.

The woman was assaulted after the defendant, also from Stevenson Ranch, broke into her home, authorities said. He was arrested by Sheriff’s deputies on Feb. 16 and has remained in custody.

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