Blog Posts in June, 2009

  • Orange County Youth Pastor Sentenced for Statutory Rape

    || 24-Jun-2009

    Under California law, Unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor (statutory rape) occurs when the victim is considered incapable of giving legal consent because they are under 18 years of age, even if the intercourse is consensual. A former youth church pastor, Daniel John Pedroza, 28, has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for having sex with a 17-year-old girl he met through his youth ministry. ...
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  • An Orange County, CA woman has been accused of using a false identity to obtain new breast implants from a plastic surgeon. Yvonne Jean Pampellonne, 30, nicknamed the 'Breast Implant Bandit', is now facing three felony charges, including commercial burglary, grand theft and identity theft. Pampellone surrendered to police in March after detectives caught up with her using breast implant ...
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  • A Los Angeles County jury convicted Phil Spector of actress Lana Clarkson's murder last month, a year and a half after his first trial had ended in a mistrial after the jury had deadlocked, unable to agree upon a verdict. At the sentencing hearing, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler sentenced Spector to serve 19 years to life in prison. Meaning Spector would not be ...
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  • Police have arrested a U.S. Marine Corps recruiter in Riverside County, California on charges of felony pimping and kidnapping and are looking into whether he used sex with a 14-year-old girl to entice potential recruits. Staff Sgt. Bryan Damone Cunningham, 33, of San Pedro pleaded not guilty to seven felonies last Thursday after police in Orange discovered the teenage girl in a car with ...
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  • Police misconduct refers to objectionable and even illegal actions taken by police officers in connection with their official duties, which can lead to a miscarriage of justice. Some criminal defendants could get new trials because an Oceanside, CA police officer withheld taped interviews in cases dating back to 2001. Officer Damon Smith, who disclosed that he had some recordings in his locker ...
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  • Santa Barbara Psychologist Pleads Guilty to Sex Crimes

    || 2-Jun-2009

    A former Santa Barbara County psychologist was convicted of sexual exploitation and other felony sex crimes and pleaded guilty Wednesday to a new felony allegation of sexual exploitation by a psychotherapist or drug abuse counselor. Fernando Cordero, 66, was convicted by a jury last month on four felony counts, including Sexual Battery, Sexual Exploitation by a psychotherapist or drug abuse ...
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