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The Vallejo Police Department has arrested a special education teacher on suspicion of raping a developmentally disabled student aide.

Jerry Johnson, 57, of Elk Grove, is accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old at Loma Vista Elementary School on campus and during school hours. The assault occurred during the latter part of February, said a department spokesman. Police do not know if the incident was isolated or if Johnson committed other assaults.

Johnson was arrested in Elk Grove yesterday around 5:30 p.m. with the assistance of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office.

A Sacramento County Superior Court jury has found a 40-year-old man guilty of committing sex acts with a child, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office announced Friday in a news release.

Mahend Vikash was found guilty of 13 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, and one count of attempted lewd and lascivious act by force on a child under 14, according to the release.

By Max Ehrenfreund
mehrenfreund@sacbee.com

Kenneth Tice, 70, of Davis, was sentenced today in the sexual assault of a 21-year-old foreign exchange student at UC Davis.

Tice, who had been homeless at times, met the victim last fall at a homeless shelter where she was volunteering. They developed a friendship and remained in touch after the shelter closed in March.

The two met for dinner on April 5 near Tice's Davis motel. Tice invited the victim to his hotel room after dinner and assaulted her once they were inside.

Tice later sent several emails to the victim apologizing for the assault.

Yolo County Superior Court Judge Stephen L. Mock sentenced Tice to two years and eight months in prison. Tice had been convicted on May 24 of sexual battery and false imprsionment with force and violence.

By Sam Stanton
sstanton@sacbee.com

The last time Nancy Garrido will ever see her husband likely came at 9:26 a.m. Thursday, as she was being escorted out of a Placerville courtroom and headed off to begin her 36-year prison sentence.

"Love you," she mouthed to Phillip Garrido, who sat shackled in the courtroom jury box waiting for the judge to hand down his sentence of 431 years to life.

She had asked for a final, private meeting with him after they were sentenced, but El Dorado Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimister was having none of it.

UC Davis police police have arrested a student as a suspect in two sexual assaults on the campus last night.

Robert Schaerges, 26, was booked into Yolo County Jail on suspicion of sexual battery, false imprisonment and assaulting a police officer.

Campus police said that two sexual assaults took place on a bicycle path near the ARC Pavilion about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The attacker also assaulted a police officer before running off.

A 30-year-old Roseville man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the kidnap and rape of a 24-year-old woman.

Justin Lee Mitchell was sentenced May 13 in Auburn by Placer County Superior Court Judge Marc S. Curry.

Mitchell pleaded guilty March 30 to kidnapping and rape with a foreign object, according to a Placer County District Attorney's Office news release.

A man who pleaded guilty last month to the 1981 first-degree murder of a blind, deaf 88-year-old Sacramento woman has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

Leroy Veal, 60, pleaded guilty to the murder of Pauline Colombatto and was sentenced by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Savage. Veal also admitted to three special circumstance allegations that the crime occurred during the commission of burglary, attempted robbery and rape.

In exchange for a plea to these offenses and a waiver of appellate rights, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office agreed not to pursue the death penalty, but instead have Veal sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, according to a news release.

Sacramento police returned to Discovery Park last night looking for clues to help find a man who raped a woman on Wednesday in a Discovery Park public restroom.

"We had officers out there for two reasons: to re-canvass some people who may have been out there the night before and to provide extra security," said police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong.

However, police have nothing new on the attack.

UC Davis officials announced today that Whole Earth Festival's DJ Stage will be shut down beginning next year, citing the campus Police department's investigations of three violent crimes, including the reported rape of a 16-year-old girl, in and around the music venue last weekend.

Police also are investigating reports of two other incidents, a sexual battery and a beating, in the DJ Stage area, which was set up west of Wellman Hall, away from the Quad where most of the festival took place.

"We are sending message that people cannot come to our campus and behave this way," Fred Wood, vice chancellor for student affairs, said in a written statement. "It can't continue and it won't be tolerated. We need to create a safe environment for everyone at this university.

Sacramento police are asking for help in finding a man who raped a woman last night in a Discovery Park public restroom.

The woman was at the park for a company barbeque when she was attacked about 8 p.m. Wednesday. She walked into the restroom at the park near the Garden Highway and Truxel Road when she was grabbed and sexually attacked, police said.

Sacramento police are asking for the public's help in identifying her attacker, only described as someone wearing dark pants and dark shoes.

A Woodland man will serve 24 years in state prison for child molestation and possessing child pornography.

Jack Stearns, 49, today pleaded no contest to eight counts of child molestation and one count of possession of child pornography and agreed to the prison term, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

During summer 2002, Stearns began molesting a 10-year-old girl at his home, and continued to molest her until summer 2007, officials said. In February, Stearns again sexually assaulted the victim, who is now an adult.

Rob&Sex Assault sketch.JPGSacramento police have released a composite drawing of a man they say robbed and sexually assaulted a hotel clerk.

Police said that at 4:45 a.m. Friday a man came to a hotel in the 2800 block of Gateway Oaks Drive, ostensibly to rent a room. The man pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money before leading her into a back room and sexually assaulting her, police said.

He fled on foot.

The suspect is described as a black man, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a solid build. He was wearing a black baseball cap, a black thermal shirt and black pants with a red and yellow design on the rear pocket, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357 or text to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information

Tipsters may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Woodland police have arrested a suspect in the alleged drugging and attempted sexual assault of a homeless man.

Police reported detectives contacted a homeless Woodland man on April 8 who said he was given a beverage laced with something that rendered him unconscious. He was then taken to an "obscure" area in the 100 block of West Court Street where the victim told police he was possibly a victim of an attempted sexual assault.

After an investigation, police arrested another homeless Woodland man, 58-year-old Robert Talley, as a suspect. Talley was booked into Yolo County Jail on suspicion of torture, attempted forced sexual assault, assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment.

TAYLOUR.jpgAuburn police have arrested a 20-year-old homeless man on suspicion of raping a 14-year-old girl while she was intoxicated and possibly unconscious.

Patrol officers investigating the attack that allegedly occurred Saturday, located the suspect, Taylour Francis Jordan, left, at a camp in Auburn, where he was living, according to a police department news release. He was arrested and booked at the Placer County jail, where he is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Police said he is accused of rape with the victim unconscious of the nature of the act and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor more than three years younger than he is.

By Bee Staff

Two people have been convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Sacramento's Wood Park 11 years ago, thanks to DNA evidence.

Alonzo Hamilton and Hollie Garrett, both now 28, are scheduled to be sentenced April 29, according to Jan Scully, Sacramento County district attorney.

A news release from Scully gives this chain of events:

By Matt Kawahara
mkawahara@sacbee.com

A 34-year-old man has been sentenced in Sacramento Superior Court to six years plus 40 years to life for the sexual assaults of two women in Sacramento in 2009.

Domingo Garcia Vargas was sentenced Friday by Judge Delbert Oros after being convicted Feb. 24 of rape, false imprisonment and infliction of great bodily injury in the two assaults, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

The first assault occurred Jan. 25, 2009, in the area of 19th and K streets, when Vargas grabbed a woman, threw her to the ground, punched her in the face multiple times, raped her and fled, according to the release. The victim later submitted to a sexual assault examination, in which Vargas' DNA profile was found.

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

A man who kidnapped and assaulted four women, in some cases telling them he was a police officer, has been sentenced to 315 years to life in prison.

Albert Povadora, 35, was convicted in January of 17 counts including rape, sodomy, kidnapping and firearms offenses. He was sentenced Friday by Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Trena Burger-Plavan to 315 years to life plus 17 years, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Officials say Povadora approached a woman on May 31, 2008, on Martin Luther King Boulevard. He approached her from behind with a firearm and forced her into a nearby alley, where he sexually assaulted her. Her rape trauma examination in the hospital produced a DNA sample from her attacker.

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

A West Sacramento man has been convicted of 62 counts of sex acts with a relative, beginning when the victim was 12 years old.

A Yolo County jury reached the verdict March 10, and Wednesday the trial court found true the allegations that Bennie Dale Moses, 44, had previously been convicted of 12 separate offenses under the state's "three strikes" law. The law allows judges to increase sentences.

Moses forced the victim to engage in sexual acts with him beginning in 2000 and the abuse continued until July 11, 2009, when the victim confided in a friend that she had been sexually abused for nine years, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

A 43-year-old man has been convicted by a Sacramento Superior Court jury of sexual acts with a child who had been placed in his care.

The jury found Ronald Meza guilty on all counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child younger than 14 years of age, sex acts with a child 10 years old or younger and false imprisonment.

The 9-year-old victim was a relative. Because the victim's parents preferred that a family member watch their daughter rather than send her to a daycare provider, they asked Meza to watch her when she came home from school, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

By Cathy Locke

clocke@sacbee.com

Sacramento Superior Court juries have convicted a man of raping his girlfriend's roommate and another man of sexually assaulting a young relative, according to the District Attorney's Office.

A DA's news release gave these accounts:

Alexander Bigby, 23, was convicted of forcibly raping a young woman who was Bigby's girlfriend's roommate.

By Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com

Davis police say a Sacramento area man is a suspect in the rape of a 21-year-old woman in February.

Leonardo Avalos, 28, was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, rape and other sexual charges on Thursday, police said.

Police said that the woman Avalos at a bar in downtown Davis on Feb. 5. She had been out at the bar with her friends and shared a few drinks with Avalos, police said.

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

A Sacramento Superior Court jury has convicted a 34-year-old man of rape, false imprisonment and infliction of great bodily injury in the sexual assaults of two women in 2009.

The first assault occurred Jan. 24, 2009, in the area of 19th and K streets in Sacramento, when Domingo Garcia Vargas grabbed a woman, threw her to the ground, punched her in the face multiple times, raped her, then fled, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The victim suffered a fractured bone under her eye, bruising and swelling to her face and mouth, and a painful abrasion and bump on the back of her head, among other injuries.

The woman submitted to a sexual assault examination, in which Vargas' DNA profile was found.

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Lamont Lee Rhinehart of the July 2007 murder of his child's mother, prosecutors said.

Jurors also found that Rhinehart, 37, stabbed and killed Avery Marie Polk, 27, during the commission of a rape.

The special circumstance allegation of the sex killing qualifies Rhinehart for a life term in prison with no chance of parole.

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clocke@sacbee.com

Shane Wilson (left) of Pollock Pines has received the maximum sentence of 400 years to life in prison after being convicted of two counts of kidnapping, six counts of rape and 10 other sexual assault-related charges.

Wilson, 38, was convicted in December by a Sacramento Superior Court jury and was sentenced today by Judge Maryanne Gilliard.

In October 2008, Wilson picked up his first victim while she sat at a bus stop on Stockton Boulevard. He drove her to a dark area near Power Inn Road and beat her.

By Chelsea Phua
cphua@sacbee.com

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Sacramento County Sheriff's sexual assault detectives arrested a 22-year-old former basketball coach on suspicion of sex crimes against a young boy.

Authorities said Melvin Flemings, who was previously employed as a basketball coach at El Camino High School, was expected to be booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on charges of child molestation and meeting with a minor for the purpose of engaging in lewd behavior.

By Marjie Lundstrom
mlundstrom@sacbee.com

A Baptist pastor whose Citrus Heights home brimmed with foster children and other needy kids, allegedly molested girls as young as 5 or 6 while they were in his care, according to testimony today in Sacramento Superior Court.

A judge is set to decide whether Tommy Gene Daniels, 48, will stand trial on six felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts and engaging in "substantial sexual conduct" with a child under 14.

Daniels, who remains in jail after his bail was upped to $6 million, is pastor of First Baptist Church of Rio Linda, where he is listed on the church's website as senior pastor. His preliminary hearing drew a handful of spectators who gathered in the hallway and prayed during a court recess.

Daniels was arrested in December and has pleaded not guilty.

Call The Bee's Marjie Lundstrom, (916) 321-1055.

By Hudson Sangree
hsangree@sacbee.com

Sacramento sheriff's detectives have arrested a suspect in a home-invasion sexual assault that occurred Jan 10.

In a statement, the sheriff's department said a 50-year-old woman woke to find a man sexually assaulting at her home in Rancho Cordova.
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Investigators said the suspect entered the house through a window, assaulted the woman, and left through the front door.

They released a composite sketch of the suspect and asked for the public's help.

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

Sacramento County Sheriff's detectives are seeking a man who broke-in and sexually assaulted a 50-year-old woman near Vehicle Drive in Rancho Cordova.

In the early morning hours Monday, a man entered the woman's apartment through an unsecured window, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. Once inside, he woke the sleeping woman and sexually assaulted her. He then left through the front door.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or light-skinned black man, in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a medium, muscular build. He had short, dark hair, shaved on the sides and slightly longer on top.

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

td.jpgThe pastor of the Rio Linda Baptist Church is being held in Sacramento County Main Jail on $6 million bail, charged with multiple counts of sexual child molestation.

Citrus Heights Police announced late Thursday that Tom Gene Daniels, 48, was arrested Dec. 9. Lt. Ray Bechler said police had postponed publicizing the arrest while they continued their investigation into the case.

The District Attorney's Office's increased Daniels' bail from $1 million to $6 million earlier this month because Daniels was considered a flight risk, Bechler said.

Daniels has been employed as a foster parent and day care provider, and currently is the head pastor at the Rio Linda Baptist Church.

Bechler said the charges against Daniels involve incidents that allegedly occurred between June 2004 and June 2007. Citrus Heights Police investigated an initial complaint in 2008 but were unable to come up with enough evidence for the DA to file charges, he said. In recent months, another victim came forward. The district attorney filed charges Dec. 9, and Daniels was arrested the same day.

Court documents show that he was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday, but it was continued to Jan. 20.

Police ask anyone with information regarding Daniels to contact Bechler at the Citrus Heights Police Department, (916) 727-5500.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

A Yolo County jury today convicted a West Sacramento man of double kidnapping for rape.

Theodore Wooten, 21, was found guilty of sexual assault, kidnapping and other violent felony charges for attacks on two women in May.

Wooten forced his way into a West Sacramento motel May 1 and tried to rape a woman who is mentally ill, and often homeless and living on the streets, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release. When she resisted the attack, Wooten savagely beat her, officials said.

Wooten escaped, and on May 27, he attacked another woman. In this instance, he forced the victim off the street and behind a business in the early morning hours, officials said. A concerned citizen called 911, and West Sacramento police officers caught Wooten in the act of sexually assaulting the woman.

Yolo County Superior Court Judge Stephen L. Mock is scheduled to sentence Wooten on Jan. 14.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

By Carlos Alcalá
calcala@sacbee.com

Officials at California State University, Sacramento reported another sexual assault took place in a campus dorm late Thursday or early Friday - the seventh since the school year started in September.

Unlike the recent rash of stranger assaults on the campus, the latest assault involved acquaintances and was fueled by alcohol, according to university officials.

The assault took place in the American River Courtyard residence hall and was reported late Friday, said Kim Nava, a spokeswoman for CSUS.

Investigation continues on the crime, a suspect has been identified and an arrest is expected soon, university officials said.

Students have been encouraged to report assaults and the university is trying to be transparent about what's going on to break down reluctance to address the issue, Nava said.

"There may be more of a level of comfort" with reporting assaults, she said.

Call The Bee's Carlos Alcalá, (916) 321-1987.

By Chelsea Phua
cphua@sacbee.com

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Shane Wilson of Pollock Pines of two counts of kidnapping, six counts of rape and 10 other sexual assault-related charges, the district attorney's office announced today.

District Attorney Jan Scully said Wilson picked up his first victim in October 2008 while she sat at a bus stop on Stockton Boulevard and drove her to a dark area near Power Inn Road where he beat her, shackled her, placed her in his car trunk and then drove her to his house, where the sexual assaults occurred.

A second victim was picked up in February 2009 while she was walking to the store. The district attorney said drove her also to an area off Power Inn Road, attacked her, handcuffed her, taped her hands, feet and mount and placed her in a large metal toolbox in the back of his truck. He drove her also to his house where he sexually assaulted her, according to prosecutors.

Authorities said crucial DNA evidence tied Wilson to both victims.

"This defendant preyed on the most vulnerable of victims," Deputy District Attorney Keith Hill said in a prepared statement. "The successful prosecution of this case has stopped a serial rapist from committing future crimes."

Sentencing is set for Feb. 10.

Call The Bee's Chelsea Phua, (916) 321-1132.

By Chelsea Phua
cphua@sacbee.com

Sacramento police are investigating an alleged attack Wednesday morning on a 17-year-old Natomas Charter School student.

Department spokesman Officer Konrad von Shoech said the department received the sexual assault report from school officials about 12:20 p.m.

The girl told authorities she was verbally attacked and inappropriately touched by four men in their 20s and 30s while walking to school at about 9:30 a.m. or 9:45 a.m. Von Shoech said the alleged attack happened at a park across from the school, which is on Blackrock Drive near Del Paso Road. A map of the area shows Cottonwood Park being the closest to the school.

The girl said she continued walking, and the men followed her on foot and inside the car. She described the car as a white four-door sedan with a black stripe on the side.

Call The Bee's Chelsea Phua, (916) 321-1132.

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

suspect.JPGA sixth student has reported being sexually assaulted on the California State University, Sacramento campus since the school year began, according to authorities.

The assault, not reported to campus police until Nov. 22, occurred about 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 15, said police Detective Scott Christian.

A woman was walking to her vehicle in Parking Structure I when a man approached her, touched her chest through her clothing and fled when she pepper sprayed his face, Christian said.

Another female student had previously reported being assaulted in the same parking garage about 7 p.m. that day. However, Christian said police do not believe the incidents are related, nor do they think the two assaults are related to four others reported on campus since September.

In the most recent case, the victim described her attacker as a white man about 30 years old with a thin build, spiked blonde hair and light brown eyes, wearing a white short-sleeve shirt, according to police. A composite sketch of the suspect (left) has been released.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call campus police at (916) 278-6851. Callers can remain anonymous.

Police do not have any new information on the earlier assaults, which involved:

- A female student who said she was assaulted as she was studying on a bench near Capistrano Hall the afternoon of Sept. 13. She told police a man sat down and tried to hug her, and in doing so, "very briefly groped her" through her clothes.

- A female student who said she was raped by an acquaintance at the American River Courtyard residence hall Oct. 18. Police arrested an 18-year-old student; however, the Sacramento District Attorney's office declined to move forward with charges.

- A female student who said she was kidnapped by three men in a van and sexually assaulted in the Sacramento State Residence Hall parking lot about 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21. The victim described the van as dark-colored, possibly red, with a driver's side sliding door, according to police. She also described the man who pulled her inside as Hispanic, 19 to 20 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a slender build, buzz cut and brown eyes. She could not provide a description of the other two men in the van, police said.

- A female student who said she was groped by a passing man as she was walking near the library about noon Nov. 8.

In the earlier Nov. 15 assault reported to police, a woman said she was walking to her car in Parking Structure I when a man grabbed her from behind and assaulted her.

Cal The Bee's Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038.

By Kim Minugh and Bill Lindelof
kminugh@sacbee.com

Sacramento police are beefing up patrols in the Colonial Village neighborhood after an armed man ordered three women to expose themselves in that area Monday night.

The unknown man also attempted to rob those women, along with a fourth victim, though police suspect he possibly took property in only one incident, said police Sgt. Norm Leong.

Detectives also are looking into whether a fifth case, from earlier this month, is connected, Leong said. (See link below to Sacramento Police Department map.)

Monday night's attacks began about 6:30 p.m., when a woman getting out of her car near Quonset Drive and 25th Avenue was approached by a man armed with a gun, Leong said. The man tried to rob the victim, but he fled when she activated her car alarm.

About a half-hour later, another female victim was walking in the area when she, too, was approached by a man with a gun, Leong said. He tried to rob her, but she did not have any property with her.

The man then ordered the woman to expose herself, Leong said, and she complied. The man then fled.

Thirty minutes later, in the area of Fruitridge Road and Wilkinson Street, a woman getting out of her car was approached by an armed man, Leong said. He rifled through her property, though it's unclear whether he took anything, Leong said.

He then demanded that the victim expose herself. She complied, then screamed as a car approached, scaring off the robber, Leong said.

In the final incident, about 7:40 p.m., a woman was walking into an apartment complex parking lot when she was approached by a man with a gun.

He demanded that she expose herself, Leong said, but fled before she complied, possibly because a nearby resident came outside.

According to police, victims described the man in all four cases as a thin, black man in his 20s, 5 feet 6 inches to 6 feet tall, wearing a ski mask, a black hooded sweatshirt or jacket and dark jeans. All four victims saw the man armed with a gun.

Leong said detectives believe the same man is responsible for all four attacks. He does not appear to be targeting any particular group of victims, Leong said: The victims range in age from 30s to 60s and are different ethnicities.

Detectives also are investigating whether the same man assaulted a woman Nov. 13 in the area of 76th Street and 25th Avenue, Leong said.

In that case, a woman was walking about 9:30 p.m. when she was approached by a man on a bicycle who indicated he had a gun, though none was seen, Leong said. The man demanded that the victim expose herself, and then sexually assaulted her before fleeing.

Leong declined to be more specific about the nature of the assault.

That victim described her assailant as a black man in his 20s, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds, and wearing dark clothing.

The nature and frequency of the incidents has police "very concerned," Leong said. The department has increased the number of patrol officers in the area, and have assigned multiple detectives to the case, he said.

"Within an hour, (the man) commits four different crimes and in each case it seems to escalate," the spokesman said. "We put out this (information) right away because we believe the people in the community need to know about this."

Detectives also hope that residents in the area will be vigilant and call in any suspicious or unusual activity to the department's non-emergency line, (916) 264-5471.

Police are reminding residents to be aware of their surroundings, particularly when parking or getting out of the car. If there is anyone suspicious in the area, drive away and call police.

They also recommend walking in well-lit and well-traveled areas and, when possible, not alone.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637. Enter "SACTIP" followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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Call The Bee's Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038.

By Chelsea Phua
cphua@sacbee.com

Campus police from California State University, Sacramento, are investigating a report of a sexual assault Monday evening.

Police said the alleged incident occurred on the top floor of the parking structure between the baseball and softball fields about 7 p.m. as the student was entering her vehicle.

The student did not see the suspect and was unable to provide a physical description to department investigators, according to a news release.

This is the fourth reported sexual assault attack on campus in recent months. Last month, a female student reported being pulled into a van and sexually assaulted in the Residence Hall parking lot.

During that same week, another student reported being raped by an acquaintance in the American River Courtyard residence hall. Prosecutors never filed charges in the case.

On Sept. 13, an assailant touched a female student "on an intimate part of her body" while she was studying near Capistrano Hall.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sacramento State Police Department Dispatch Center at (916) 278-6851. Callers may remain anonymous.

Call The Bee's Chelsea Phua, (916) 321-1132.

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

clip_image002[1].jpgA judge today ordered a Sacramento workers compensation doctor to stand trial for three counts of rape and 38 sexual assault-related charges over his interactions with five patients who came to him after they had been hurt on the job.

Scott Dodd Anderson, 61, remained free on $750,000 bail pending his return to court for an additional arraignment on Nov. 30.

"We have a very powerful pattern of conduct," Sacramento Superior Court Judge Peter Mering said, following the one-day preliminary hearing.

Mering said that the five women all went to authorities independent of each other, even though two of them reported Anderson's conduct to investigators after news stories had already broken that he'd been arrested.

"Did these five women conspire? I find that extremely unlikely," Mering said.

Anderson's lawyer questioned the credibility of the five alleged victims in the case, but Mering said the "unlikelihood" of their getting together provided to him the "test" of their credibility.

The judge's order came after two Sacramento sheriff's officials related the stories from the five women who told them they were sexually assaulted during their examinations by Anderson.

One of the women told a sheriff's deputy that she was raped when she saw Anderson for an on-the-job back injury.

All of the alleged assaults took place in Anderson's office at U.S. Healthworks on at 9261 Folsom Boulevard, according to sheriff's Detective Brad Jones and Deputy Juan Hidalgo, who testified about their conversations with the women.

Anderson's license has since been suspended by the California Medical Board. He is no longer working at U.S. Healthworks, a spokesman for the firm said today.

Hidalgo testified that he provided a Spanish-to-English translation for the woman who is named as the victim in the three rape counts contained in the complaint against Anderson.

The woman said in her interview with authorities that Anderson told her to unbutton her pants, then forced her underwear down and bent her over a chair, Hidalgo said.

She told investigators "he grabbed her by the hair, rolled it up, pushed her against a bed and chair" and raped her, according to the deputy's testimony.

The alleged rape took place on the woman's fourth visit to Anderson. She said he touched her inappropriately on her three previous visits with him, which are also the subject of some of the allegations in the criminal complaint.

Anderson's attorney had just begun his cross examination of Deputy Hidalgo when the preliminary hearing broke for the lunch break.

All of the other women also told investigators they continued to see Anderson after he touched and fondled them, the sheriff's officials testified.

One of the women said she continued to see Anderson because she felt "he had control over her workers' compensation case," Jones testified.

Another said she was a recovering addict with a criminal record and that Anderson said he'd ruin her life if she told anybody what happened, according to Jones' testimony.

Call The Bee's Andy Furillo, (916) 321-1141.

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

A man accused of putting a knife to his girlfriend's neck and raping her in front of her 2-year-old child has been convicted by a Sacramento Superior Court jury.

Vernon Medler, 20, today was found guilty of two counts of rape, domestic violence, criminal threats, false imprisonment and child endangerment.

Medler and the victim were boyfriend and girlfriend, and got into and argument after Medler found a Valentine's day card that was sent to the victim by an ex-boyfriend, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Believing that the relationship was going to end, Medler raped the victim while her family was in the home, telling her that if she screamed he would kill her and her family, officials said. The victim did not immediately tell her family about the rape because she feared for her safety and theirs.

Less than 24 hours after the first rape, Medler raped the victim a second time, putting a knife to her neck and saying he would kill her. These acts were committed in front of her child.

After the second incident, the victim told her mother about the rapes and law enforcement officials were notified.

"Rape is an illegal under any circumstance, even if a victim is in a relationship with the attacker at the time of the crime," Deputy District Attorney Carlton Davis said in a written statement. "I commend this victim for not remaining silent and thank the district attorney victim advocates for their hard work in these cases."

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

By Sam Stanton
sstanton@sacbee.com

In the strongest possible terms, Nancy Garrido's attorney is arguing against release of grand jury transcripts involving the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard, saying they contain such "evil" that his client could never get a fair trial if they are made public.

Stephen Tapson, arguing against an effort by The Bee and other media organizations to force release of documents that have been sealed in the case, filed papers in El Dorado Superior Court saying he and Nancy Garrido oppose the release of any sealed documents.

The issue is scheduled to be argued in a court hearing in Placerville on Thursday, and Tapson left no doubts in his court declaration that the case against Nancy and Phillip Garrido could be severely damaged by release of transcripts from a grand jury session held in secret in September.

"I have received calls from Australia; Rome, Italy, and London, England, from people who have seen my visage on television," Tapson wrote. "I have examined hundreds of transcripts that vividly describe murder, rape, pillage, but nowhere in my experience have I seen a transcript that describes evil, as is contained in the grand jury transcript in People v. Garrido.

"I believe that any person who reads the grand jury transcript in this case would be adversely affected to the point they would be agreeing to the guilt of the defendant prior to the trial beginning."

Dugard was 11 when she was kidnapped in 1991 from outside her home near South Lake Tahoe. Authorities say the Garridos pulled her into a car and spirited her away to their Antioch-area home, where she was held captive for 18 years in sheds and tents in their backyard and forced to bear two daughters to Phillip Garrido, who was on parole at the time of the abduction for kidnap and rape.

She was found alive in August 2009 and the Garridos have been in custody in the El Dorado County Jail since then awaiting trial.

Both have pleaded not guilty to rape, kidnap and other charges that could send them to prison for life.

But, after a year of legal wrangling, prosecutors secretly convened a grand jury to issue new charges in the case, a move that allowed Dugard to testify privately and not face questioning from defense attorneys before the case goes to trial.

By Cathy Locke

clocke@sacbee.com

U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner has announced that an indictment was unsealed charging three men with offenses involving sex trafficking of minors.

A federal grand jury on Oct. 27 returned the indictment against Paul "Yoshi" Moore, 49, and Kevin "Ket" Hawkins, 45, both of Sacramento, and Timothy Lee, 44, formerly of Sacramento, Wagner said in a news release.

The indictment was sealed until federal agents arrested Hawkins and Moore on Tuesday morning. Lee is in custody in New Mexico, facing federal charges of sex trafficking of minors in Colorado, the release states.

The indictment alleges that Moore produced sexually explicit images of three minors in 2006. He also is accused of recruiting, enticing, harboring, transporting and maintaining the three minors, identified as T.T., T.B. and A.B., knowing that they were under 18 years of age and would be caused to engage in a commercial sex act, the release states.

Moore also is charged with possession of matter containing visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct on Feb. 22, 2007, the release states.

Kevin Hawkins was charged with aiding and abetting the production of sexually explicit images of the minor A.B. and with aiding and abetting the sex trafficking of A.B., according to Wagner.

Timothy Lee was charged with aiding and abetting production of sexually explicit images of the minor T.T. and with sex trafficking of T.T., the release states.

Hawkins was arraigned on the indictment Tuesday and detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for Thursday. Moore is to be arraigned today.

By Chelsea Phua
cphua@sacbee.com

csus_sketch.jpgThe Sacramento County District Attorney's office has decided not to charge an 18-year-old student from California State University, Sacramento, with sexual assault.

A complaint was never filed against Jonathan Lee, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office said.

"The decision was based on the insufficiency of the evidence," a news release from the office stated.

Campus police arrested Lee early last week for allegedly raping a fellow student on campus. A university spokeswoman said the female student reported to police last Monday that she had been raped by an acquaintance that same evening in the American River Courtyard residence hall.

Meanwhile, campus police are investigating the kidnapping and sexual assault of another female student last week. The victim was assaulted in the Residence Hall parking lot about 8:30 p.m. Friday, police said.

The student had left her vehicle and was walking toward the residence halls when she was approached by three men in a van. One of them pulled her into the van. She was taken to the south side of the parking lot and sexually assaulted.

Police has released a composite sketch of one of the suspects.

The victim described the man who pulled her into the van as Latino, about 19 to 20 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, slender build, with a buzz haircut and brown eyes.

She described the van as a dark-colored minivan, possibly red, with a driver's side sliding door.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Sacramento State Police Department Dispatch Center at (916) 278-6851. Callers may remain anonymous.

Call The Bee's Chelsea Phua, (916) 321-1132.

By Chelsea Phua
cphua@sacbee.com

Campus police from California State University, Sacramento, said Friday they are investigating the kidnapping and sexual assault of a female student.

Police said the student was assaulted in the Residence Hall parking lot about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The student had got out of her vehicle and was walking toward the residence halls when she was approached by three men in a van. One of the men pulled her into the van. She was taken to the south side of the parking lot, where she was sexually assaulted.

Police said the victim was later treated and released from an area medical center.

She described the van as a dark-colored minivan, possibly red, with a driver's side sliding door. She described the man who pulled her into the van as Latino, about 19 to 20 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, slender build, with a buzz haircut and brown eyes. The police do not have a description of the driver or the other man.

Campus spokesman Detective Scott Christian said it's not clear if the suspects have any affiliations to the university.

This is the third reported sexual assault attack on campus in the past two months. On Sept. 13, an assailant touched a female student "on an intimate part of her body" while she was studying near Capistrano Hall.

Earlier this week, a female student reported being raped by an acquaintance in the American River Courtyard residence hall.

University spokeswoman Kim Nava said Friday that prosecutors have decided to drop charges against Jonathan Lee, 18, who was arrested on suspicion of rape.

"We are seeing these as unrelated incidents," said Lori Varlotta, the university's vice president for student affairs. University officials have not received reports from students being anxious because of the recent sexual assault incidents, Varlotta said.

"Sacramento State has a very comprehensive approach to dealing with sex assault," Varlotta said, outlining the various workshops and training provided to students and student leaders in avoiding and dealing with sexual assault cases.

She said the university is one of the few in the California State University system that has a certified rape counselor available round the clock.

In response to the latest incident, officials said they have increased uniformed patrols on campus, particularly the Residence Hall area.

Christian declined to divulge specifics of the security increase, saying that they could compromise police operations.

Officials are also encouraging students to use the Hornet Night Shuttle, which will escort students to and from their vehicles.

The numbers to call from dusk to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday are (916) 278-7260 on a cell phone or 8-7260 from any on-campus phone. The numbers to call after hours are (916) 278-6851 or 8-6851.

Students are also encouraged to walk to and from classes in pairs or small groups, especially when it's dark, and to immediately report any suspicious people, vehicles, or activity to the campus police at (916) 278-6851.

More than 80 emergency phones are also accessible to students throughout campus, officials said. Students are immediately connected to a dispatcher when they pick up the emergency phones.

Call The Bee's Chelsea Phua, (916) 321-1132.

By Chelsea Phua
cphua@sacbee.com

Campus police at California State University, Sacramento, have arrested an 18-year-old student accused of raping a fellow student on campus.

University spokeswoman Kim Nava said the female student reported to police on Monday evening that she was raped by an acquaintance that same evening in the American River Courtyard residence hall.

Police arrested Jonathan Lee, who was booked into Sacramento County Main Jail early Tuesday on a felony rape charge, according to online jail records.

He is being held on a $150,000 bail and scheduled for a court appearance Thursday.

Call The Bee's Chelsea Phua, (916) 321-1132.

By Matt Kawahara
mkawahara@sacbee.com

Roseville police have arrested a parolee-at-large who broke into a sleeping Roseville woman's house and got into her bed, a police spokesman said.

Anteus Magee, 28, was booked into the Placer County jail on charges of burglary, sexual assault, failure to register as a sex offender and parole violation.

A Roseville woman who had hosted a party earlier in the evening woke up early Saturday morning and realized that there was a man in her bed, said Roseville police spokesman Cal Walstad.

The man left the house and was found later in a nearby neighborhood by police who had set up a perimeter around the original call, Walstad said. Magee was seen trying to leave the area, Walstad said.

Magee was arrested at 4:33 a.m., two hours after the attack, Walstad said.

He is being held at the Placer County jail without bail.

Call The Bee's Matt Kawahara, (916) 321-1015.

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

A federal grand jury has indicted three Sacramento residents for sex trafficking of a minor and related charges.

A four-count indictment returned Sept. 30 charges Jamal Kareem Warren, 24, with sex trafficking of a minor, producing images depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, distributing images depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor and possessing images depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor. Warren made his initial appearance in court Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Edmund F. Brennan, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

The indictment alleges that between November 2009 and Dec. 15, 2009, Warren, along with Mario Londell Boyd, 42, and Ashley Nicole Evon, 23, knowingly recruited, enticed, harbored, transported and maintained a 16-year-old girl for the purpose of having her engage in a commercial sex act. The indictment also charges Warren with producing, distributing and possessing images depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor and seeks criminal forfeiture of several items used to facilitate the crime.

Evon is scheduled to make her initial appearance in court Tuesday. Boyd has not been apprehended.

The case resulted from a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sacramento Police Department.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

By Chelsea Phua
cphua@sacbee.com

Campus police at California State University, Sacramento, are looking for a man they say sexually assaulted a female student last week.

The student was studying on the northeast side of Capistrano Hall at about 3:45 p.m. on Sept. 13 when the man, who was sitting across from her, moved next to her, Det. Scott Christian said.

The man then touched her "on an intimate part of her body," Christian said. The student was not injured. Christian said the student did the right thing by reporting the crime immediately.

Christian said police advise students to stay alert.

The suspect is described as a Latino man, about 26 to 27 years old, 5-feet-6 to 5-feet-7 tall and weighs 170 to 180 pounds. He has dark hair and a goatee, and dark colored tattoos on both of his lower legs.

He was wearing a black baseball cap with white lettering, a white T-shirt, Khaki cargo shorts, white ankle length socks and black tennis shoes. He was carrying a black backpack with red stitching.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Sacramento State Police Department dispatch center at 916-278-6851. Callers may remain anonymous.

Call The Bee's Chelsea Phua, (916) 321-1132.

By Bee Staff

A former Cool church deacon was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life for five counts of lewd or lascivious acts with two young sisters under the guise of providing Bible study, according to Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully.

clip_image002[1].jpgThe jury than convicted Robert Cowan (photo left) in July also agreed to an enhancement against him, which added to his sentence, Scully said.

Cowan, 66, also will be required to register as a sex offender.

Cowan was a deacon in a large Baptist Church in Cool.

The victims are sisters, ages 7 and 10. Cowan committed the molestations at the victims' Sacramento County home where was supposed to be leading the victims in Bible study, Scully said.

"This case is particularly disturbing given the abuse of trust, power and position by a religious leader," said Deputy District Attorney Kari Reeve. "Today's sentence is justice served for the crimes committed by the offender and for the two young victims."

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

A Sacramento man convicted on two counts of rape and 16 other felony counts for a 2007 crime spree in North Natomas has been sentenced to 159 years to life in prison.

Superior Court Judge Michael W. Sweet imposed the term Friday on Sammie Lee Nichols, 20.

Nichols, who was 17 when he launched into a series of home-invasion burglaries and robberies, two of which resulted in sexual assaults, was convicted in June.

Call The Bee's Andy Furillo, (916) 321-1141.

By Bill Lindelof

blindelof@sacbee.com

Davis police have arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of molestation.

Carl Mitchel Testerman, a Davis resident, was arrested Tuesday in Sacramento, police said today. He is being held in Yolo County Jail on $1 million bail.

Davis Police Sgt. Paul Doroshov said Testerman is suspected of molesting two children between the ages of 10 and 17 years old.

One of the victims confided in a relative about inappropriate acts allegedly committed by Testerman, police said. The relative then called authorities on Aug. 2.

Further police investigation revealed that there is a second suspected victim, said Doroshov.

The suspected molestations began about July 2009, police said.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant that alleges Testerman is suspected of committing 11 counts of sexual battery and one count lewd acts with a minor under 14 years old.

Testerman is a high school English teacher at Vanden High School in Fairfield, Solano County.

"The victims have no relation to Vanden High or the school district," said Doroshov. "This is not job-related as far as we know."

A man accused of sexually abusing a 7-year-old Oregon girl before secretly marrying the child's mother is a fugitive believed to be in California.


Read the Associated Press story here.

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

Sacramento County Sheriff's detectives are seeking information related to a July 18 attempted sexual assault in Antelope.

At 11:57 that night, deputies responded to a call at an apartment complex in the 4400 block of Shandwick Drive. When they arrived, a woman told them she was asleep on her sofa when a man entered through an unlocked door and attempted to sexually assault her. She struggled with her attacker and he ran away.

The woman did not get a good enough look at the man's face to produce a composite sketch, sheriff's officials said. She described her attacker as a white man, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing between 180 and 190 pounds with a medium build. He had shaggy brown collar-length hair and the woman thinks he was clean shaven. He was wearing green pants, which may have been sweat pants.

Anyone with information about the case or who may have seen someone matching the suspect's description in the area of 4400 Shandwick Drive on the night of July 18 is asked to call the Sheriff's Sexual Assault Bureau at (916) 874-5070.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

A Rocklin resident was sentenced today to six months in jail and placed on three years probation for committing a sex act on a man who was asleep in a guest room the morning after a New Year's Eve party.

Placer County Superior Court Judge J. Richard Couzens also ordered Ladd Douglas Wiidanen, 42, to obtain psychological counseling and treatment for alcohol abuse. He must also register as a sex offender.

A jury on March 18 convicted Wiidanen of committing a sex act on an unconscious person, which is a felony. The jury took less than 90 minutes to reach a guilty verdict, according to a Placer County District Attorney's Office news release.

Wiidanen and the victim were among guests at a house party in Rocklin on the night of Dec. 31, 2007.

The victim and his girlfriend retired to a guest room during the early morning hours of Jan. 1.

About 7 a.m., the victim was awakened by the defendant committing an act of oral sex on him, according to the news release.

Rocklin police were called to the home and took DNA samples, which were forwarded to the California Department of Justice for analysis. Because of the heavy backlog of cases, however, the department didn't match the DNA samples to Wiidanen until 22 months after the incident.

Earlier this month, as Wiidanen awaited sentencing, he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in Rocklin and is scheduled for arraignment Aug. 12. Judge Couzens cited the arrest in ordering counseling and treatment for alcohol abuse.

Wiidanen apologized repeatedly in a brief statement to the court and acknowledged the drinking problem, saying that he is attending Alcoholics Anonymous classes, according to the news release.

Couzens said Wiidanen must serve at least 45 days of his county jail sentence before he is eligible to apply for alternative sentencing, which could include work release programs with electronic monitoring.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

By Deia deBrito
ddebrito@sacbee.com

Citrus Heights police are seeking a man who reportedly broke into a bedroom window late Sunday night and sexually assaulted a woman who had been sleeping in her apartment in the 7600 block of Greenback Lane.

After waking up to the sound of the intrusion, the victim screamed loudly enough for the neighbors to hear and fought off the attacker, a police report states.

The intruder, described as a white male 5 feet 8 inches tall between the ages of 22 and 25, fled on a dark red bicycle that witnesses said looks like a cruiser.

He was described as weighing about 185 pounds and clean-shaven, with spiked short blond hair and dark brown eyes.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Citrus Heights Police Department at (916) 727-5500, or the department's anonymous tip line at (916) 727-5524.

The Police Department offers these crime-prevention tips:

• Lock doors and windows when you go out and at night.

• Don't leave cash and jewelry in plain sight. Don't tell people you don't know well about your valuables.

• Close pet doors.

• Trim bushes and trees so your front door is visible from the street.

• Leave lights on at night.

• Keep a radio or a television on during the day.

• Install motion lights on your property.

• Vary your times of arrival and departure.

Call The Bee's Deia deBrito, (916) 321-1087.

By Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com

mauricetalley.jpgSacramento police have arrested a man who is suspected of grabbing the behinds of women in Sacramento.

Police arrested Maurice Talley (photo right), 26, Wednesday on suspicion of assault with intent to commit a sex crime and sexual battery. Initially, he was suspected of grabbing the buttocks of women downtown near Fifth and K streets.

He was later suspected of three other incidents. Talley, ineligible for bail, is in the Sacramento County Jail.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

Sacramento County sheriff's detectives have broadened the scope of their investigation into a Santa Rosa bus driver accused of molesting a teenaged boy in a Sacramento motel earlier this year, according to authorities.

clip_image002.jpgguillen1.jpgDetectives have learned that Richard "Butch" Guillen (photo left), a 60-year-old Petaluma resident, lived and worked in the Southern California communities of Imperial Beach and Huntington Beach roughly between 1980 and 1995, said sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Tim Curran.

He was involved in youth activities at that time, Curran said, and detectives fear he might have molested children in those areas as well.

Detectives arrested Guillen in May. He was arraigned on one felony count each of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and contacting a minor with intent to commit certain offenses, and a misdemeanor count of molesting a child under the age of 18, according to Sacramento Superior Court records.

Guillen remains in the Sacramento County Main Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to jail booking records.

He is accused of befriending his 13-year-old victim, who rode on Guillen's bus to and from school in Santa Rosa, according to authorities. The boy was allowed to travel with Guillen to Sacramento for an auto show in February.

It was during that three-day, two-night trip that he plied the boy with alcohol, authorities allege, and molested the victim at a motel room.

Detectives serving a search warrant at Guillen's home found hundreds of photos from Santa Rosa youth-related sporting events, according to authorities.

Anyone with information about Guillen's case or who know of other potential victims are asked to call sheriff's Detective Darin Pometta at (916) 874-5203 or e-mail him at dpometta@sacsheriff.com.

Call The Bee's Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038.

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted a North Natomas man for committing four home invasion robberies -- including two in which he raped his victims -- that helped terrorized the neighborhood two years ago.

Sammie Lee Nichols, now 20, was convicted on 18 counts: the two rapes, five first-degree burglaries, four kidnappings for the purpose of robbery, four robberies, one kidnapping and two gun violations.

"All of these victims were really good, hard-working people," Deputy District Attorney Rob Gold said. "They had done everything right, but this was just the worst day of their lives. It was real rewarding when they can see that the justice system works."

The four North Natomas home invasions and another one outside the area happened in 2007 and 2008, Gold said. They occurred around the same time that North Natomas residents had expressed fear and concern over a violent string of attacks that had hit their neighborhood.

In the midst of the home invasions, more than 400 people attended a community forum at Inderkum High School.

Nichols was charged in the case Nov. 10, 2008, a few days after he was arrested on marijuana, gun and felony evasion charges. He was taken into custody after attempting to escape a sheriff's deputy who pulled him over for a cracked windshield, Gold said.

Nichols is facing six life terms as a result of his conviction. Judge Michael W. Sweet scheduled his sentencing for Aug. 6.

Call The Bee's Andy Furillo, (916) 321-1141.

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

A nurse practitioner at a health center in El Dorado County has been arrested on suspicion of sexual battery.

Greg Dales, 59, a Garden Valley resident and longtime employee of the Divide Wellness Center in Georgetown, is accused of sexual battery to one of his patients, according to an El Dorado County Sheriff's Office news release.

The victim, a 38-year-old woman, reported the incident to the Sheriff's Office on May 4. A subsequent investigation led to Dale's arrest Thursday.

He was booked into El Dorado County Jail and has been released on $20,000 bail.

Anyone with information relevant to the case may call detectives at (530) 642-4716 or (530) 642-4710.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

By Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com

A man has been arrested in a weekend sexual attack after accounts of the crime prompted a citizen to note apparent similarities between the suspect and a Woodland resident.

A woman managed to escape a would-be rapist after being forced into a car at gunpoint on a main Woodland street at around 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

woodlandcomposite.jpgIn an attempt to come up with leads, the Woodland Police Department distributed a press release, conducted interviews with reporters and made public a composite sketch (left) of a suspect.

That all paid off, they said. On Wednesday a citizen who saw the information disseminated by police, particularly the composite drawing and the description of the suspect vehicle, called police with a tip.

Detectives conducted follow-up investigation and identified Horacio Lopez, 29, as a suspect. The victim was driven to Lopez' residence and positively identified him as her attacker, police said.

Lopez was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping with intent to commit rape on Wednesday.

Police provided this account of the Saturday attack:

The woman was walking south on West Street near Buckeye Street when a newer, black sport-utility vehicle approached and the driver asked for directions. When the woman stopped to talk to the driver through the passenger window, he pulled a handgun and ordered her into the SUV.

She got in and the man drove to rural Yolo County, ordering her to undress on the way. After several minutes he pulled into a grove of trees near Interstate 5 and County Road 98.

As the man got out and walked around to the passenger side, the woman attempted to call for help on her cell phone.

He opened the door and tried to pull the woman's pants off while she struggled. The victim managed to break free and ran to I-5 where she waved down a passer-by who took her to safety and called police.

The suspect fled north on County Road 18 in his black SUV.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

JackLouisSporich.JPGBy Sam Stanton
sstanton@sacbee.com

Jack Louis Sporich, a 75-year-old pedophile who authorities believe victimized as many as 500 children before abruptly moving to Cambodia, has pleaded guilty in federal court in Los Angeles to sexual conduct with two 12-year-old boys in Southeast Asia.

Sporich, who was the focus of a 2006 Bee series on California's failed efforts to treat sexually violent predators, entered into a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that could send him to prison for 10 years and fine him as much as $30,000, money that would be placed in a fund for the two boys.

Sporich, a wealthy engineer who was building a $1.2 million home in the resort community of Siem Reap, is accused of luring the boys to the home, which included a swimming pool and water slide. Court documents indicate he had been seen driving the streets of the community on a motorbike dropping currency on the street for children to pick up.

Sporich moved to Cambodia in November 2008 after what authorities said was a series of molestations in the United States that began in the 1960s. He was convicted in Ventura County on seven counts of molestation and spent nine years in prison.

Upon completion of his sentence, Sporich was declared a sexually violent predator and sent to Atascadero State Hospital. He refused treatment there and eventually won release in May 2004 after two juries were unable to agree on whether he was likely to re-offend.

He left California for an upscale condo in Sedona, Ariz., where he was visited by Bee reporters and insisted he was not a threat to anyone.

He was arrested in Cambodia last February and brought back to the United States in late August under the auspices of "Operation Twisted Traveler," an international law enforcement effort aimed at "sex tourists" victimizing juveniles overseas.

Call The Bee's Sam Stanton, (916) 321-1091.

Previous coverage:

Child molester expelled from Cambodia, is in U.S. custody Sept. 1, 2009

By Robert Lewis
rlewis@sacbee.com

A woman managed to escape a would-be rapist after being forced into a car at gunpoint on a main Woodland street at around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Woodland Police Department.

Police gave this account of events:

The woman was walking south on West Street near Buckeye Street when a newer, black sport utility vehicle approached and the driver asked for directions. When the woman stopped to talk to the driver through the passenger window, he pulled a handgun and ordered her into the SUV.

She got in and the man drove to rural Yolo County, ordering her to undress on the way. After several minutes he pulled into a grove of trees near Interstate 5 and County Road 98.

As man got out and walked around to the passenger side, the woman attempted to call for help on her cell phone.

He opened the door and tried to pull the woman's pants off while she struggled. The victim managed to break free and ran to I-5 where she waved down a passer-by who took her to safety and called police.

The suspect is believed to be a Hispanic male in his late 20s or early 30s, about 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feeti 6 inches tall and weighing about 160 to 180 pounds, with short black hair and a thin mustache. He has two silver caps on his front teeth, according to police.

He fled north on County Road 18 in his black SUV.

The attack comes weeks after incidents in which young school girls reported being followed home from Freeman Elementary School by suspicious men. The victim of Saturday's kidnapping was over 18 and the suspect description is different from the other cases, Sgt. Steven Sexton said.

Saturday's incident did, however, happen in the same vicinity as the other cases.

"Whether they're connected or not we don't know," Sgt. Sexton said.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Woodland Police Department at (530) 661-7800.

Call The Bee's Robert Lewis, (916) 321-1061.

By Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com

John Schenberger1.jpgA former Folsom resident has been booked in Sacramento County Jail, suspected by police of 109 counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old.

John C. Schenberger, 44, was booked into jail after being arrested in Fremont, Alameda County, by police on Wednesday. He was booked on suspicion of 31 counts, but police said they believe he really committed 109 sexual acts against a child.

Schenberger worked for a technology company in Fremont.

Schenberger told the arresting officers that he was aware he would eventually be arrested, police said. Folsom detectives transported Schenberger to Sacramento jail.

The sexual assaults on the child are suspected to have occurred in 2003 in Folsom. The victim was a 12-year-old girl in 2003.

He is also under investigation by El Dorado County and Portland, Ore., law enforcement.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

El Dorado County sheriff's officials say a school bus that was reportedly fired upon by a passing motorist last month was not damaged by a gunshot,

Based on the damage to the windshield, investigators believe a hand tool, such as a wrench, may have been thrown at the bus, according to a news release issued today by the Sheriff's Department.

No suspects have been identified in the incident, which occurred about 2:30 p.m. April 19 as the bus was westbound on Carson Road, just west of Pony Express Trail in the Camino area.

The bus driver reported that she observed a green Jeep Cherokee approaching and saw what appeared to be a muzzle flash from the driver's side of the Jeep, just before the bus windshield shattered, spraying glass on the driver.

The driver was able to maintain control of the bus and continued to the next wide spot in the road, where she stopped and called 911.

Seventeen El Dorado High School students were on the bus, but none were injured.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

Previous coverage:

El Dorado officials seek suspects after school bus is shot - April 19, 2010

By Bee Staff

A registered sex offender living in Roseville is scheduled to be arraigned later this month on suspicion of trying to rape a woman with whom he had a dating relationship, police said.

In Place County jail on a no-bail hold is Ruben Hernandez, 48, on suspicion of assault with the intent to commit rape, attempted rape, and parole violation, said Dee Dee Gunther, spokeswoman for the Roseville Police Department.

Hernandez was also arrested on suspicion of providing false address information when registering as a sex offender, Gunther said.

Officers arrested Hernandez soon after the victim reported the April 24 attack was reported.

The victim had minor injuries, but did not require medical attention at the scene, Gunther said.

Hernandez's arraignment is schedule for May 25.

By Chelsea Phua
cphua@sacbee.com

Police on Thursday morning arrested a University of California, Davis, student for allegedly trying to rape a fellow student.

Officer Ken Garcia of the UC Davis campus police department said Pierce Hunter, 19, was arrested on suspicion of attempted rape and forcible oral copulation. The bail is set at $150,000. It was not clear if Hunter posted bail by Thursday evening, Garcia said.

Garcia said Hunter and the victim know each other and the alleged incident took place at a campus dormitory.

Andy Fell, a UC Davis spokesman, said the victim filed her complaint earlier this week and an arrest warrant was issued Thursday morning. Fell said Hunter's major was "undeclared."

Garcia said police believe other victims might be involved. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at (530) 752-1230.

Call The Bee's Chelsea Phua, (916) 321-1132.

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

Scott Dodd Anderson, the Sacramento County physician accused of sexually assaulting three of his patients, is now scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

clip_image002.jpgscottanderson.jpgOn Tuesday, Sacramento County sheriff's deputies arrested the 60-year-old Anderson (photo left) on suspicion of various charges, including sexual exploitation by a physician, rape and attempted sodomy.

He faces a total of 30 counts, according to the District Attorney's complaint against him.

Jail booking records initially indicated he would be arraigned today. However, a DA spokeswoman confirmed the proceeding had been moved to 1:30 p.m. Friday in Department 62, which is located inside the Sacramento County Main Jail.

Anderson, who declined an interview with The Bee, was released from jail Tuesday night on $750,000 bail.

Call The Bee's Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038.

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Sacramento-area doctor accused of sexually assaulting 3 patients - April 7, 2010

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

A Sacramento County physician has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting three female patients who saw him for exams related to workers compensation claims in 2009, authorities said today.

clip_image002.jpgscottanderson.jpgScott Dodd Anderson (photo left), 60, was arrested this morning and booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of multiple charges, including felony sexual exploitation by a physician, rape and attempted sodomy, booking records show.

In all, Anderson faces 30 counts of abuse, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney's complaint against him.

He is being held in lieu of $750,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday. From the Main Jail, he declined to talk to a Bee reporter.

Sacramento County sheriff's detectives began investigating Anderson in December, after one of his three victims told her family of the alleged abuse, said sheriff's Sgt. Tim Curran. The woman's family encouraged her to contact authorities.

Detectives identified two more alleged victims during the course of their investigation, Curran said. The women range in age from their early 30s to their early 60s.

The women suffered the alleged abuse while visiting Anderson at the U.S. HealthWorks clinic on Folsom Boulevard, near La Riviera Drive, between May 2009 and September 2009, Curran said. (An earlier version of this story had an incorrect location for the clinic at which Anderson worked.)

The women were being examined in connection with workers compensation claims.

Curran said Anderson left that clinic in September 2009, and investigators could not find any record of him practicing medicine since then.

Detectives suspect there are more victims who have not come forward, Curran said.

Anderson graduated from the Tufts University School of Medicine in 1975 and received his California license to practice medicine two years later, according to the Medical Board of California's online records.

His license, which is renewed and current, is scheduled to expire in May 2011, the records show.

According to Sacramento Superior Court records, Anderson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace in 1999. Records show he was not given probation for the conviction.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call sexual assault detectives at (916) 874-5070 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. (An earlier version of this story had a wrong phone number for the detectives.)

Call The Bee's Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038.

By Bee Staff

The Sacramento Police Department is asking for the public's help in solving two sexual assaults.

On Feb. 23 at approximately 6:30 p.m., a 19-year-old woman was walking in the area of Franklin Boulevard, near Calvine Road when she was approached by two males.

One of the males grabbed her from behind and dragged her into a nearby field where she was sexually assaulted.

One suspect was described as a black male in his early 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and with a medium build. He was wearing a dark jacket with a hood.

The second suspect was only described as a black male adult.

On March 20 at approximately 11:49 p.m., an 18-year-old woman was walking in the area of Florin Road, near Loma Verde Way when she was approached by a man.

The man dragged her into a nearby parking lot in the 2300 block of Florin Road where he sexually assaulted her.

The suspect was described as a black male in his 20s. He was about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a heavy build. He was wearing a white jacket or sweatshirt with a green stripe on the sleeve.

Detectives do not know if the cases are related, according to a Police Department news release.

Anyone with information on these two cases is asked to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information.

Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Cephus, Eric.jpgBy Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

The on-call Sacramento County sheriff's deputy accused of picking up a 13-year-old girl he met on duty and having sex with her in a Lincoln hotel is no longer employed by the Sheriff's Department, authorities said today.

Sheriff John McGinnness confirmed that Eric Cephus (photo left), who remains in custody in Placer County, resigned from the Sheriff's Department on Friday.

Lincoln police arrested the 39-year-old Cephus on March 2 at his San Jose home. He was arraigned two days later on one felony count each of lewd acts with a child under the age of 14 and transporting a person for a sex act.

Cephus was working a contract shift for a north Sacramento County parks district - meaning he was in uniform and driving a marked patrol car, but his work was paid for by the parks district - the night of Feb. 26 when he allegedly met his victim.

After his shift ended, Cephus and the girl allegedly drove to a Lincoln hotel and had sex. Police have not said whether the sex was forced or whether Cephus paid the victim.

Call The Bee's Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038.

Previous coverage:

Woman's call to police on teen girl at Lincoln salon led to deputy's arrest - March 10, 2010

Sacramento on-call deputy accused of sexual assault of 13-year-old - March 4, 2010

By Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com

SEXASSAULTDUDE.jpgA composite sketch of a man (left) suspected of three separate sexual attacks on Del Campo High School girls has been released by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

All three incidents involved 15-year-old students as they walked to the Fair Oaks campus from Moraga Drive onto the west end of the high school at 4925 Dewey Drive.

The first incident occurred 10:30 a.m. Jan. 28 when a girl was approached by the suspect and inappropriately touched. The suspect then fled.

The second incident occurred 7:50 a.m. Feb. 5 when the suspect ran up to the student from behind and grabbed her backpack. He also inappropriately touched her. The suspect ran away toward Moraga Drive.

The last incident occurred 7:15 a.m. March 3 when the suspect ran up to her from behind, grabbed the girl and inappropriately touched her. The suspect ran toward Moraga Drive after the girl pulled away.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 20s, about 5-feet-8 to 6 feet tall with a medium build. The suspect, who had short black hair and a chubby face, was dressed in a black hooded jacket and baggy jeans.

Anyone who has any information is asked to call detectives at (916) 874-5070.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

Cephus, Eric.jpgBy Ed Fletcher
eflectcher@sacbee.com

A 39-year-old man employed by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department as an "on-call" deputy pleaded not guilty today to sexual assault in Placer County Superior Court.

Bail was set at $1 million for Eric Cephus (photo left).

Cephus, wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, spoke softly to the judge when he said he understood his right during the brief arraignment. He is charged with one felony count each of lewd acts on a child under the age of 14 and transporting a person for a sex act.

Previous coverage:

Sacramento on-call deputy accused of sexual assault of 13-year-old - March 4, 2010

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

Cephus, Eric.jpgA 39-year-old man employed by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department as an "on-call" deputy has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl at a Lincoln hotel, according to authorities.

Eric Cephus was taken into custody late Tuesday night in San Jose, said Lincoln police acting Chief Paul Shelgren.

He was booked into the Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of lewd or lascivious acts on a child under the age of 14 and transporting to commit rape, Shelgren said. He is expected to arrive in Placer County this afternoon.

Police began investigating Cephus on Feb. 27, after a Lincoln patrol officer came across the girl walking in the area of Ferrari Ranch Road and Joiner Parkway in the early morning, Shelgren said.

The girl was "pretty forthcoming about what happened" hours earlier, Shelgren said.

He said detectives suspect that Cephus met the girl "through the course of his employment," but declined to elaborate.

Shelgren said the girl was not brought to Lincoln against her will. It's unclear to detectives at this point whether the sex was forced; however, Shelgren said he found it hard to imagine a scenario in which sex with a 13-year-old girl would be consensual.

In addition to the two sex-related charges, Shelgren told The Bee earlier today that Cephus had been arrested on suspicion of engaging in an act of prostitution. However, he said this afternoon that detectives did not have enough evidence to support such a charge.

He declined to say whether the girl characterized herself as a prostitute or whether Cephus paid her.

Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness confirmed that Cephus is employed as an "on-call" deputy sheriff, although he is on administrative leave because of the arrest. He said Cephus had been employed as a full-time deputy sheriff until he was laid off in August as a result of department-wide budget cuts.

At the time he was laid off, Cephus had been employed by the Sheriff's Department for a "couple years," McGinness said.

Cephus lives in San Jose with his girlfriend and the couple's son, according to their babysitter, who spoke briefly to The Bee but did not give her name. A message for Cephus' girlfriend, left with the babysitter, has not been returned.

clip_image002.jpgomar.jpgBy Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

A 29-year-old man is in custody after he allegedly sexually assaulted his girlfriend's two daughters, according to Sacramento police.

Detectives became involved late last year, after they were told that two girls had been sexually assaulted over a few years, starting when they were 9 and 10 years old, said police Sgt. Norm Leong.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Omar Valdivia (photo left) and police arrested him Monday in Rio Linda, Leong said.

He was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on 15 counts of various sex charges, according to booking records.

He is being held in lieu of $5 million bail and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Call The Bee's Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038.

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

Sacramento police are investigating a woman's alleged sexual assault by two unknown men in the North Laguna Creek area, according to authorities.

An 18-year-old woman told police that she was walking home in the area of Franklin Boulevard and Calvine Road about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when a man grabbed her and dragged her to a nearby bike trail, where he sexually assaulted her in some bushes, said police Sgt. Norm Leong.

The woman noticed a second man, who was going through her personal belongings while she was being assaulted, Leong said. The men then fled on foot.

The teen was taken to the UC Davis Medical Center, where she reported the assault. Hospital staff members called Sacramento police.

Leong said the investigation is ongoing. The alleged assailants were described only as two black men in their 20s, one of whom was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

Leong reminded residents to avoid walking alone when possible and to be alert at all times.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP.

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

Sacramento police are looking for a man they suspect of kissing and inappropriately touching a woman while apparently going door-to-door in the Elmhurst neighborhood.

On the afternoon of Feb. 16, the man knocked on the door of a home on Discovery Way and spoke with a female resident, said Sacramento police Sgt. Norm Leong.

He told the woman he worked with a local mortgage loan company, and she stepped onto the front porch to talk to him, closing the door behind her, Leong said.

As they talked, the man kissed the woman and inappropriately touched her, Leong said. The woman got away and called police.

She told officers that the man had paperwork in his hands that included other addresses, so police believe he might have knocked on other doors, or had the intention of doing so, Leong said. However, the woman is the only known victim, he said.

The man was described to police as a white man with a dark olive complexion, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds with a large belly. He had short black hair with some gray starting to show, a scruffy beard and silver teeth on the upper right side of his mouth.

He had a thick accent, possibly, Serbian, and wore a black zip-up jacket with a red logo on the back, according to police. He was driving an off-white, four-door 1987 Nissan Sentra.

Sacramento police are using the incident to warn residents to be wary of strangers approaching them in or near their homes. Residents are encouraged to call police if there is a question about the person's identity, and should not provide any personal information to the person, Leong said.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637. Enter "SACTIP" followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

clip_image002.jpgguiterrez.jpgBy Chelsea Phua
cphua@sacbee.com

Sacramento police have arrested a 29-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting woman in her 70s.

According to an online police log on Thursday, Jesus Gutierrez (photo left) is an acquaintance of the woman.

He allegedly assaulted her in her home on Alan Shepard Street, the report stated.

Gutierrez is in jail on $400,000 bond, according to online jail records.

No other information was available.

clip_image002.jpgcha.jpgBy Chelsea Phua
cphua@sacbee.com

Sacramento police say they arrested a 22-year-old Sacramento man Wednesday for allegedly sexually assaulting an underage girl over a three-year period.

Meckie Cha (photo left) was booked into Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of eight counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14, two counts of sexual intercourse with a minor under 16, two counts of oral copulation with a person under 16 and one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a victim more than three years younger, online jail records show.

Police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong said the 16-year-old victim is related to Cha. She reported the alleged assaults, which began three years ago, to an adult in early January. Police are not identifying the adult, who informed authorities of the allegations.

Cha was arrested at about 10 a.m. at a house on Albion Way, Leong said. He is being held on $1,000,000 bail and scheduled to appear in court on Feb.16.

By Robert Lewis and Sam Stanton
rlewis@sacbee.com

Thumbnail image for Kevin Peterson.jpgOne of the inmates the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department released early as part of an effort to reduce the state's prison population was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted rape, less than 24 hours after getting out of jail, The Bee has learned.

Kevin Eugene Peterson got out of jail Monday night after serving about two months on a four-month sentence for violating probation on a prior conviction. Peterson was arrested 12 hours later, around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, on suspicion of an attempted rape involving a female counselor at the 1300 block of North C Street, a Sacramento Police Department spokesman said. He was booked into the Sacramento County jail at 3:21 p.m. Tuesday on suspicion of attempted rape, sexual battery, false imprisonment and violating the terms of his probation.

"Our greatest fear has occurred almost immediately after the early release of these inmates," said Christine Ward of the Crime Victims Action Alliance. "We are certain that we will see more of this as more inmates are released from jails and prisons."

Peterson has a criminal history including a 2008 conviction for assault with a deadly weapon. He pled guilty to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to a year in jail and five years probation. On Dec. 2, he was sentenced to four months for violating the terms of his probation, according to court documents.

Traditionally inmates who exhibit good behavior while in custody are eligible to be released after serving two-thirds of their sentence. A law the Legislature passed late last year requires county jails to release inmates on good behavior after serving half the sentence, a change of about two months for most sentenced to a year.

Sheriff John McGinness on Tuesday said only nonviolent inmates jailed on misdemeanors would be eligible for early release. Peterson was convicted for assault with a deadly weapon in 2008. His most recent stint in jail, however, was for a probation violation.

"The probation violation was nonviolent," McGinness said.

Peterson got out 16 days early as a result of the new law. McGinness said he won't defend the policy but that 16 days likely did not make a difference in Peterson's behavior.

"What he is alleged to have done yesterday, he conceivably would have done 16 days later," McGinness said.

But Kevin Mickelson, president of the Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff's Association, said the episode calls into question the notion that violent prisoners won't be getting out early,

"The state Legislature has duped the citizens of California into believing they've released only nonviolent offenders back into the communities," Mickelson said. "That is simply not true."

Call The Bee's Robert Lewis, (916) 321-1061.

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

Sacramento police are investigating a report of a sexual assault on Arden Way on Wednesday night, authorities said today.

A woman told police that she was on the 1900 block of Arden Way near Cal Expo when she was contacted by two men she did not know, said Sgt. Norm Leong.

They allegedly grabbed the woman, took her to nearby location and then sexually assaulted her, Leong said.

She was not sure where she was taken, Leong said.

The woman described her attackers only as white male adults, Leong said.

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

A woman said that she was forced behind a building in North Sacramento and sexually assaulted by a stranger Wednesday night, according to Sacramento police.

The woman, who is in her 20s, told police she was waiting for a friend near the light-rail station at Arden Way and Del Paso Boulevard shortly after 8:30 p.m. when an unknown man approached her and physically forced her behind a nearby building, said Sacramento police Sgt. Norm Leong.

The woman said the man sexually assaulted her and fled, Leong said.

The suspect was described to police as a black man in his late 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 185 pounds, Leong said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP.

By Bee Staff

A 63-year-old West Sacramento man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, the Yolo County district attorney said today.

Louis Charles Romano received the sentence Thursday for the April 12, 2008, assault on the girl, DA Jess Reisig said in a news release. Romano also must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, Reisig said.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a charge that Romano also assaulted the 10-year-old sister of the 15-year-old girl and acquitted him of possessing child pornography, Reisig said.

"The family, whose trust Romano violated, should find some satisfaction knowing that Romano will be in prison for a long time," said Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Susz, who prosecuted the case.

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

A woman was kidnapped at gunpoint in Del Paso Heights and then sexually assaulted by an unknown assailant Wednesday evening, according to Sacramento police.

The woman was getting into her parked car on the 800 block of Grand Avenue shortly before 6 p.m. when a stranger approached her, said police Sgt. Norm Leong.

The man pointed a gun at the woman and ordered her to move into the passenger seat, Leong said. He then drove her to an undisclosed location and sexually assaulted her, Leong said.

The man then fled on foot, Leong said.

The victim described the man to police as black and in his late 20s or early 30s, Leong said. She said her assailant weighed about 250 pounds and wore dark clothing.

Anyone with information about this assault is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP.

From Dixie Reid:

sacrapesuspect.jpgSacramento police are asking for the public's help in finding three men suspected in a Nov. 22 rape.

The trio is believed to have forced a woman, who was walking along Meadowview Road at 2 a.m., into their vehicle. They then took her to another location, where they sexually assaulted her.

The descriptions of the suspects, all believed to be East Indian, are:

The driver is in his late 20s, about 5-foot-7 and weighing 230 pounds with a thick build. His messy black hair was heavily gelled, and he wore a tan long-sleeve shirt and black pants.

The second suspect is 21-22 years old, also 5-foot-7 and weighing 150 pounds. He has short hair and dark rings around his eyes. He wore a long black leather coat.

The final suspect is older, in his late 30s, standing 5-foot-9. He sat in the back seat and wore a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

The suspects were in a red 1990s Ford Mustang with 20-inch rims and white around the wheel wells. The interior is a dark gray. A Mustang emblem is on the dashboard.

Anyone with information can call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES); enter SACTIP, followed by the tip information.

Callers may remain anonymous and might be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

clip_image002.jpgdeacon.jpgFrom Bill Lindelof:

A church deacon has been arrested on suspicion of child molestation by Sacramento County Sheriff's detectives.

Robert Lindsay Cowan (photo left), 65, of Cool, El Dorado County, was arrested at his home on Tuesday on five counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14 years.

Cowan, a deacon in the Baptist Church of Cool, on occasion traveled to the Sacramento area for in-home Bible study sessions. It was during one of these in-home meetings that the molestations are suspected to have occurred.

Cowan was booked into Sacramento County Jail and is being held without bail. The sheriff's department investigation is on-going with detectives looking into whether Cowan might be a suspect in other molestations.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective John Linke at (916) 874-5964.

Sacramento police are investigating the sexual assault of a teenager in Meadowview.

Police reported that the 17-year-old girl was walking home from a party about 6:30 a.m. Sunday when she was forced at gunpoint into a red 1990s Ford Mustang.

The suspects drove her to a vacant house in the area of Amherst Street and Meadowview Road where they sexually assaulted her, according to a police report.

Police described the three suspects as East Indian. The first suspect was described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, 230 pounds, wearing a black shirt and black pants; the second, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 150 pounds, wearing a black leather coat; and the third, 5 feet 9 inches tall, medium build, wearing a long-sleeved gray shirt with a white and black checked pattern.

From Bee staff:

El Dorado County sheriff's officials are seeking information about a reported kidnapping and possible sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in the Pollock Pines area.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the incident about 5 p.m. Thursday.

A department news release provided these details:

The victim reported that she had been walking along a local trail, when she was attacked by a man. The suspect dragged the victim off the trail and attempted to sexually assault the victim. The victim was able to fight off her attacker and flee.

The victim provided this description of the suspect: white male adult in his late 20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, medium to muscular build, short straight brown hair, light complexion, with a reddish goatee beard. The suspect was wearing dark tight-fitting pants and a long-sleeve red/black checkered shirt.

Officials said the suspect was not found after an extensive search of the area.

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information about the incident to call (530) 621-6600.

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Rocklin police announced Thursday that a DNA match had led to an arrest in an alleged sexual assault that occurred nearly two years ago.

A news release provided these details:

On Jan. 1, 2008, officers responded in the early morning hours to a report of a sexual assault in the 5400 block of Quane Road.

The alleged victim, 27, was a man who had come to a party there on New Years Eve and decided to spend the night. He said he was fast asleep, when a man woke him up while sexually assaulting him.

The suspect had also been at the party and lived in the neighborhood, police said.

Detectives obtained DNA samples from both men, but the samples weren't processed until earlier this month.

A match led to the arrest of Ladd Douglass Wildenen (top left photo), 41, for suspicion of sexual assault and oral copulation, both felonies.

He was booked into the Placer County Jail, with bail set at $150,000.

From Bill Lindelof:

Four people have been arrested in connection with the alleged rape of two girls in the Yuba City area.

The Sutter County Sheriff's Department was contacted by a 16-year-old girl on Oct. 27 who told deputies she had been raped at a residence two months ago.

Detectives investigated and determined the girl, who was 15 years old at the time, and a 14-year-old, had been raped.

The department's investigation led to the arrest of a woman and three men. They are:

• Mario Alberto Garcia (photo top left), 20, of Yuba City, on suspicion of furnishing minors with marijuana.

• Lisa Marie Rathbun (photo top right), 18, of Linda, on suspicion of annoying and molesting a minor and furnishing minors with marijuana.

• Paul William English (photo bottom left), 20, of Marysville, on suspicion of rape.

• Jason Scott Loddesol (photo bottom right), 22, of Yuba City, on suspicion of rape and furnishing minors with marijuana.

An ongoing investigation may lead to more arrests, a sheriff's department news release states. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (530) 822-7307.

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A judge today sentenced long-time Sacramento divorce lawyer Gary Appelblatt, see photo, to state prison for 18 months for fondling four of his clients.

The term came as a result of a plea bargain worked out for Appelblatt by his attorney, Tom Johnson, with Deputy District Attorney Keith Hill.

Johnson and Appelblatt today asked Superior Court Judge Gary E. Ransom to instead sentence the disgraced attorney to probation. The judge denied the request. Ransom also rejected an appeal by Appelblatt to delay his remand into custody so he could get his affairs in order.

"No, sir," Ransom said. "This is not a pop quiz. You've been here before."

Three of Appelblatt's victims told the court about their encounters with Appelblatt and how he touched them inappropriately under the guise of giving them a medical exam when they were confiding with him about their problem marriages.

One of the victims said she was suffering from bipolar disorder and that Appelblatt took advantage of her "when I was most weak and most vulnerable."

"You robbed me of my dignity and my self-worth," the woman told Appelblatt.

Another told Appelblatt that "I trusted you" and that he "took full advantage" of her." She said she felt "shamed, disrespected and humiliated" by him.

Appelblatt read a statement in court in which he apologized to the victims. He said he had taken on military clients and had done "significant pro bono work" in family law. He said he's donated his time and money to assorted community causes.

"I've lost my livelihood which I have loved for the last 20 years and (am) facing loss of my freedom," Appelblatt said to Ransom.

"This is a tremendous impact on a (58)-year-old man. I pled nolo contendre, as no victim should have to be put through the trauma that a trial would only bring. I am only requesting mercy from this court. I have done wrong, I admitted it."

Johnson, his attorney, characterized Appelblatt as "humiliated as a person and as an attorney." He asked the judge to "reach out and say we'll give you one more shot."

"He stands before you a broken man," Johnson said to the judge.

Prosecutor Hill asked Ransom to stick with the terms of the plea agreement and hit the defendant who was "in a position of trust and confidence" with the prison term.

"It was a complete legal and moral breakdown on his part," Hill said. "This is something he did for years. Something he did over and over and over, to victim after victim after victim."

Appelblatt had been charged on a 13-count complaint, but pleaded no contest Aug. 17 to four felony counts of sexual battery and one count of attempting to touch one of his clients improperly.

At his sentencing today, Judge Ransom also ordered Appelblatt to pay $4,500 in restitution to two of his clients."

He also told Appelblatt he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life once he gets out of prison.

From Bill Lindelof:

Elk Grove police have arrested a Sacramento man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy he met on the Internet.

C. Licop.jpgCharles Licop (left), 31, was booked into Sacramento County Jail on two sex-related charges, including suspicion of committing a lewd or lascivious act with a child under the age of 14.

Officers suspect that Licop met the teen on a social networking site and picked him up at his high school in Sacramento on Wednesday. Police said Licop then drove the teen to a vacant residence in Elk Grove where the assault took place.

Licop then drove the teen back to school. The victim later reported the assault to law enforcement.

From Kim Minugh:

A 42-year-old man was arrested Sunday for alleged sexual battery on a 78-year-old woman in downtown Sacramento, authorities say.

Shortly before 1:30 p.m., Sacramento police received multiple reports of a man exposing himself to and harassing passersby in the area of J and 10th streets, police said. Before officers arrived, the man allegedly approached a 78-year-old woman, touched her inappropriately and frightened her, police said.

Officers identified the man as Kevin Dresher, a parolee. He was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery, police said.

From Bill Lindelof:

A Sacramento man has pleaded no contest to rape, assault and car theft in Placer Superior Court.

Shirfraz Ali, 24, faces a prison sentence of seven years, eight months in state prison for raping a female acquaintance. He entered his plea Wednesday.

Placer County prosecutors said the woman drove Ali to Auburn to conduct business on May 29 but he sexually attacked her and choked her on a rural road.

The woman escaped by jumping from her car and flagging down a passing vehicle, a news release states. Ali then drove away in the woman's car, Deputy District Attorney Jeff Wood said.

Bee Staff

Last week Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies arrested two adults in separate for allegedly sexually assaulting minors after luring them via electronic means, according to crime reports released today.

Here's how the reports described the events:

At about 2 a.m. Friday in the 5800 block of Georgia Drive, a 28-year-old man was arrested after he was caught in the bedroom a 16-year-old girl, who had invited him to crawl through her window, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Investigators determined that Syad Javed had met the girl by sending a text message to her phone when she was 15. He later committed sexual acts on her, the report states.

Javed was booked into jail on suspicion of one count of a lewd act on a child, a report states.

On Friday, investigators arrested Gary Gwin, 22, on suspicion of having sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old girl who he met in an Internet chat room, a report states.

Gwin allegedly later sexually assaulted the victim in his vehicle.

Gwin remains in jail on $450,000 bail, facing three possible felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.

From Bill Lindelof:

A 16-year-old boy tried has been convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl earlier this year in Woodland.

Alejandro Alfonso Sanchez was tried as an adult and convicted by a Yolo Superior Court jury of rape, kidnap and assault.

A news release from the Yolo County District Attorney's Office states that Sanchez will be sentenced Oct. 30 by Judge Thomas L. Warriner. He could be sentenced to up to 15 years in state prison.

Prosecutors said Sanchez knew the victim and threatened to rape her on Jan. 24. When she did not cooperate, he choked her.

Testimony revealed that the girl remembers waking up naked in the back seat of Sanchez's ca. She then put her clothes on and jumped from the moving vehicle, later being helped by a passer-by who took her home.

She suffered several injuries, including a broken ankle.

From Kim Minugh

Elk Grove police announced today that detectives have identified a second victim in a molestation case against a 38-year-old man arrested last month.

Bradley Dayley, 38, of Elk Grove was arrested Sept. 23 on suspicion of molesting a 12-year-old relative of his, according to Elk Grove police.

In the course of that investigation, police served a search warrant at his home and found video and pornographic evidence of his alleged molestation of the relative, police said. Those images had been distributed over the Internet, according to police.

Detectives later identified an 18-year-old woman who they allege was a victim of his when she was 16 years old, Elk Grove police said today in a news release. That woman is not a relative of Dayley's, police said. She allegedly suffered abuse over a two-year period, police said.

According to the release, Dayley now stands accused of the following crimes: 13 counts of lewd of lascivious acts with a child under 14; eight counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a victim more than three years younger; and one count of oral copulation or sexual penetration of a child 10 or younger.

Dayley is being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

From Julie Johnson

The Sacramento Police Department on Saturday arrested a 57-year-old man for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy near the 3200 block of Florin Road.

Joseph Chapa was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of charges related to lewd acts with a child, according to online jail records.

The boy's mother called police just after 11 a.m. Saturday to report the assault, according to Sgt. Norm Leong, spokesman for the Police Department.

"We believe Mr. Chapa was known to (the victim) but not related to him," Leong said.

Police are also investigating at least one other similar complaint about Chapa, according to Leong.

From Julie Johnson

A 25-year-old El Dorado Hills man was sentenced Friday to 12 years and 7 months in federal prison for sex trafficking of a developmentally disabled girl.

Rishi Sanwal, 25, pleaded guilty in May to using force and coercion to engage a 17-year-old girl in prostitution.

The victim's mother gave an impassioned, tearful statement before the sentencing in U.S. District Court in Sacramento. She said Sanwal had taken advantage of her daughter, who is developmentally disabled and bipolar.

"With the intent of personal financial gain, he took her innocence," the victim's mother said.

The young woman's ordeal began with a night of drinking and playing pool on March 18, 2008. Sanwal met the victim at a Safeway parking lot in El Dorado Hills, according to court documents.

They were introduced by mutual acquaintances from the victim's school, and the group drank alcohol and smoked marijuana on the way to a Sacramento pool hall. That night, Sanwal took the victim to his El Dorado Hills home where they had sex.

The following morning, Sanwal drove the victim in a Hummer sport utility vehicle to a motel in Fremont along Interstate 80. For several days, Sanwal forced her to sell herself as a prostitute in Fremont and Rocklin. Sanwal and at least one other man, who then told her he would be her new pimp, raped and intimidated her.

Meanwhile, federal investigators and the victim's family had launched a search for the girl. She was found after she called a friend from Sanwal's cell phone and said she was in the Bay Area. Investigators traced Sanwal's phone to the Craigslist ads. Police found her in Fremont on March 25, 2008.

U.S. Judge Edward Garcia opted for the maximum sentencing for the crime.

U.S. Assistant District Attorney Kyle Reardon, who prosecuted the case, said the judge's ruling was "a stiff sentence I'm happy with." Sanwal's attorney, Jeffrey Kravitz, had no comment.

The victim's mother said her daughter still struggles with the memory of what happened and suffers from acute post traumatic stress syndrome. Though the victim was 17 years old at the time, her mother said she was developmentally 11 or 12 years old.

"He should be ashamed of himself," the victim's mother said in court. "I hope he thinks about what he has done to a developmentally disabled child."

MPO.jpgFrom Kim Minugh

kminugh@sacbee.com

For nearly two years, a 44-year-old Lodi woman was allegedly held captive by her abusive husband, never telling authorities out of fear that she would be killed, deported back to her home country of China or thrown into jail, according to Lodi police.

She had no access to cash, and no car - her husband, 60-year-old Michael Patrick O'Riley, see photo, had hidden the vehicle from her, said Lodi police Cpl. Dale Eubanks. O'Riley only gave food to his wife, whom he met on the Internet and married in China, when she behaved herself - and only enough, it seems, to sustain her, Eubanks said.

The woman apparently reached her breaking point Thursday and called 911 as O'Riley started piling his nine guns into his car, according to police. As officers arrived to the home on West Lodi Avenue, she ran to one of the patrol cars and dove into an open window, crying for help, Eubanks said.

Police arrested O'Riley, a counselor at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Sacramento County, and booked him into the Lodi Police Department jail on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, various crimes of a sexual nature, terrorist threats, spousal battery and failure to provide for a spouse, Eubanks said.

He was scheduled to be arraigned today in San Joaquin Superior Court.

Police also seized his nine guns - both hand guns and rifles that Eubanks said are legal, but were confiscated because of the nature of the allegations. They also seized $23,000 in cash.

Eubanks said O'Riley met the woman over the Internet and traveled to China to marry her four years ago. They lived there for some time before returning to the United States, and had been living in a Lodi store front converted into a residence for roughly the last year and 10 months, Eubanks said.

That's when the woman said the alleged abuse began. It's unclear what exactly triggered it, though Eubanks said it appears to involve O'Riley's "sexual appetite."

He said sex seems to be the "nexus" of the abuse. The woman told police that she was forced to perform sexual acts against her will, Eubanks said.

Police have not found anyone who had been aware of the situation, Eubanks said. The woman has no family in the county, and didn't appear to have friends either, he said.

Eubanks said the woman is in the United States legally, but that she likely believed O'Riley's threats that if she called authorities, she'd be imprisoned or deported. And because of cultural differences, she might also have feared the police, or worried that they would not believe her, Eubanks said.

"She's all alone in the county and relying on him. Between his alleged abuse and what he's been doing to her ... she felt kind of isolated and felt kind of hopeless," Eubanks said. "She didn't know what she could do."

The woman had no visible physical injuries when police arrived Thursday, Eubanks said, though she complained of pain.

She is being looked after in a safe, though undisclosed, place, Eubanks said. She reportedly is doing well, he said.

Kim Minugh can be reached (916) 321-1038

09-263788.JPGThe Sacramento Police Department has released a composite sketch (left) of a suspect wanted in two sexual assaults.

A police department news release provides these details:

At 4 a.m. Aug. 10, a 16-year-old girl was walking downtown when she was contacted by the suspect. The suspect drove her to a vacant lot near 10th and D streets, where he sexually assaulted her.

At 4 a.m. Aug. 27, 2009, a 49-year-old woman was walking near Stockton Boulevard and 15th Avenue, when she was contacted by the suspect. The suspect drove her to an alley near Alhambra Boulevard and Broadway, where he sexually assaulted her.

The suspect is described as in his 20s or early 30s, heavyset, with dark skin and short dark hair. The suspect was driving possibly a newer gold or beige two-door car described as possibly being a Nissan with a rear spoiler.

The police department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

-- Bee staff

clip_image0025678.JPGBee Staff
The Sacramento Police Department has released a composite sketch of a suspect who attacked a woman on July 31.

Around 7:24 p.m. on that date, the suspect, see sketch, was standing near the 3rd and T streets in Sacramento, watching the 26-year-old victim unload items from her car, according to a police news release.

After the victim entered her residence, the suspect twice approached her door. On the second approach, the suspected "used a ruse" to get her to open the door and he then forced his was inside, the release states.

The suspect reached under the woman's shirt. She screamed and the suspect fled, the release states.

No other description of the suspect was available.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

clip_image00222222.JPGFrom Chelsea Phua

A 39-year-old Antelope man has been arrested in connection with a series of sexual assaults on minors in the Sacramento region, Sacramento County Sheriff and Auburn police officials said.

Anthony Eugene Martin (photo) was arrested in Portland, Oregon, on Tuesday and booked early Thursday morning into the Sacramento County Main Jail, according to online jail records.

Authorities said they believe that Martin is responsible for the July 27 sexual assaults at a public pool in Auburn and at Antelope Crossing Middle School. They also believe Martin was involved in an attack on Aug. 12 in the area of North Loop Boulevard and Mulrany Way in Antelope.

Martin was seen on a surveillance video running away from the middle school, authorities said. Detectives later searched Martin's residence and found evidence tying him to the attack at the middle school.

They also discovered he had traveled to Portland and tracked him to a Portland marina, where police arrested him without incident.

Detectives booked Martin into jail on suspicion of lewd act on a child by means of force, child molestation and indecent exposure, according the sheriff officials.

Auburn police said Martin was additionally booked on a $1,100,000 arrest warrant for the July 27 assault at the pool in the Auburn Recreation District Park. The warrant accuses him of sexual acts with a child 10 years or younger and lewd acts on a child.

Martin is scheduled for arraignment on his Sacramento charges Friday.

Auburn police and Sacramento Sheriff officials said they are investigating to determine if Martin is tied to other recent sexual assaults that have occurred in the Sacramento region.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Child Abuse Bureau detective Tom Koontz at 916-874-5194 or Auburn police's investigation division at 530-823-4237 ext 207.

 

Ant.jpgFrom Julie Johnson:

Sacramento County Sheriff deputies are searching for a man (left) who sexually assaulted a woman Wednesday night in Antelope.

A 23-year-old woman reported that when she was walking down the street an unknown man grabbed her from behind and sexually groped her, according to a news release. She said she screamed and was able to get away. The attacker then fled.

Detectives are investigating a possible link to a similar assault. A 13-year-old girl reported she had been sexually groped July 27 at Antelope Crossing Middle School, according to the report.

Anyone with information about the suspect can contact the Sheriff's Sexual and Elder Abuse Bureau at (916) 874-5070, or (916) 874-5115. Callers may also contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP; or send a text message tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information.

Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.

Sheriff's officials also offered safety tips to reduce the risk of being attacked while walking or jogging outdoors:

**Always be alert to your surroundings and the people around you.

**Don't walk or jog alone, especially at night, and always avoid areas were there are few people.

**Try to stay in well-lit areas.

**Walk or jog confidently at a steady pace on the side of the street facing traffic.

**Avoid bushes and alleys.

**Wear clothes and shoes that give you freedom of movement.

**Be careful when people stop you to ask for directions. Always reply from a distance.

**If you are in trouble, attract attention any way you can. Scream or yell for help.

*If you feel you are being followed, walk or run to a well-populated area.

From Bill Lindelof:

Deputies from Minnesota have delivered a registered sex offender wanted on suspicion of committing lewd acts on a child to Sacramento authorities.

Michael Clouse, 38, was booked into Sacramento County Jail on multiple sex charges involving a child, failure to register as a sex offender and possession of narcotics. He is being held without bail.

Deputies from Otter Tail County, Minn., turned Clouse over to members of Sacramento County's Sexual Asault Felony Enforcement team on Tuesday at San Francisco International Airport.

Clouse was arrested in Otter Tail County by state troopers for a vehicle code violation. When troopers discovered Clouse had outstanding warrants for his arrest from Sacramento County, he was booked into Otter Tail County Jail and extradition proceedings were began.

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The Sacramento Police Department is looking for a man they suspect of sexually assaulting several minors.

A Police Department news release said an arrest warrant accuses Odis Williams (photo), 51, of committing the illegal sexual acts from 2001 to 2009.

In July 2009, the Sacramento Police Department was notified by the victims that they had been sexually assaulted by Williams since they were 8 and 9 years old, the release states.

The investigation showed that he also sexually assaulted a teenage friend of the victims, the release states. The last incident of sexual assault occurred in early 2009, the release states.

"It is believed that Odis Williams is aware that he is wanted and is on the run," the release states.

Williams is described as a black male, 6'2", 215 lbs with black hair, and dark eyes.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

clip_image002890.JPGFrom Chelsea Phua and Bee staff:

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Child Abuse Bureau detectives have recovered surveillance video (below) of the suspect in the July 27 sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl at Antelope Crossing Middle School.

According to sheriff's officials, the video was captured by the school's video surveillance cameras and shows the suspect running from the scene after the attack. Detectives are releasing the video and asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect responsible for the attack.

On Friday, sheriff's detectives released a sketch of a suspect (top left).

He is described as a "very tan" white man in his mid-40s, 5-feet-6 to 6-feet tall, with a medium build, short gray hair and a noticeable belly. He was wearing a gray T-shirt with red trim, blue jeans and black shoes.

Sheriff officials said the attack happened shortly after 5 p.m. at the middle school. The victim had gone to the school, which was not in session, with two friends, a 14-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy.

They separated briefly. The victim was on the west side of the campus when the attacker appeared behind a classroom, grabbed her from behind and sexually assaulted her.

The suspected fled on foot toward Palmerson Drive after the victim struggled and yelled for help. The 14-year-old girl saw the attack from a short distance away, authorities said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Child Abuse Bureau detectives at (916) 874-5194 or (916) 874-5191, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.


clip_image002890.JPGFrom Chelsea Phua

Sacramento County Sheriff's detectives have released a sketch of a suspect in the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl on Monday.

Authorities released a sketch of the suspect on Friday. He is described as a "very tan" white man in his mid-40s, 5-feet-6 to 6-feet tall, with a medium build, short gray hair and a noticeable belly. He was wearing a gray T-shirt with red trim, blue jeans and black shoes.

Sheriff officials said the attack happened shortly after 5 p.m. on the campus of the Antelope Crossing Middle School. The victim had gone to the school, which was not in session, with two friends, a 14-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy.

They separated briefly. The victim was on the west side of the campus when the attacker appeared behind a classroom, grabbed her from behind and sexually assaulted her.

The suspected fled on foot toward Palmerson Drive after the victim struggled and yelled for help. The 14-year-old girl saw the attack from a short distance away, authorities said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Child Abuse Bureau detectives at (916) 874-5194 or (916) 874-5191, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

From Chelsea Phua

A 32-year-old man suspected of raping a woman in midtown Sacramento and attempting to rape another one on Del Paso Boulevard was arrested Friday afternoon, police said.

Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong said Domingo Vargas, who has no fixed address, was arrested at about 4:30 p.m. at a recycling center in the 2200 block of Northgate Boulevard.

Forensic evidence processed by the Sacramento County District Attorney's crime laboratory linked Vargas to the attack in midtown, Leong said. Police Department investigators then used further forensic evidence to link Vargas to the Del Paso Boulevard attack.

The first attack happened Jan. 25 at about 1 a.m. on K Street between 19th and 20th streets. The victim had been out with friends and was walking in the area, usually crowded on weekend nights, when Vargas allegedly grabbed her, knocked her unconscious, dragged her into a parking lot and raped her, Leong said.

In the second attack, the victim was sleeping in the passenger side of the car in the 1300 block of Del Paso Boulevard on June 7 at about 1:15 a.m., Leong said.

Vargas allegedly got into the car and got on top of her to try to sexually assault her, Leong said. The victim fought back and made enough noise to attract the attention of a security guard at a nearby bar, who gave chase, Leong said.

Detectives are reviewing other cold cases to determine if Vargas might also be responsible for them, Leong said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Alert at 916 443-HELP or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and my be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

From Bill Lindelof:

A 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted this week at an Antelope school that was not in session, Sacramento County sheriff's deputies reported.

The teen was on the Antelope Crossing Middle School campus, 9200 Palmerson Drive, with two teenage friends, a boy and a girl, shortly after 5 p.m. Monday when the group briefly became separated.

When the victim walked to the west side of the campus, which is part of the Dry Creek Elementary School District, a man appeared from behind a classroom and grabbed her from behind, deputies said. The suspect sexually assaulted the teen and then fled toward Palmerson Drive after the victim struggled and screamed for help.

One of the girl's friends was nearby and saw the attack. The suspect is described as a pot-bellied white man in his mid-40s, about 5-feet, 6-inches tall. He was wearing a gray T-shirt with red trim, blue jeans and black socks.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (916) 874-5194.

From Bill Lindelof:

SEXMUTT.JPGSacramento County Sheriff's deputies have released the sketch of a man (LEFT) they suspect sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl in Gold River.

The assault occurred July 17 when the teen and a friend were walking on the Gold River recreation trail near Willow Water Place when a man approached from behind.

"The suspect grabbed the victim, committed a sexual battery against her and then fled on foot," a sheriff's department press release states.

The suspect is described as white, in his mid-40s, about 5-feet, 7-inches tall, with a thin build and pale complexion. He had white hair and possibly stubble on his face.

He was wearing a baseball cap, a red short-sleeved shirt, dark shorts, white socks and white running shoes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Department Sexual Assault Bureau at (916) 874-5070.

From Bill Lindelof:

Auburn police have released a drawing of a man they suspect sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl at the Auburn Recreation District Park on Monday.

MOLESTER.JPGAuthorities returned to the public swimming pool Tuesday at 123 Recreation Drive to further investigate the attack. They released the drawing (left) later in the day.

The man is described as white, in his late 30s or early 40s, with short blond or gray hair. He was wearing a red tank top or short-sleeve cutoff shirt and shorts.

He is about 5-foot-10 and weighs about 180 pounds. Auburn police did not return phone calls seeking further information.

The girl was assaulted while in the women's bathroom next to the swimming pool about 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Anyone with information about this case should call the Auburn Police Department at (530) 823-4237, ext. 207

From Nicole Williams:

Police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl Monday at the Auburn Recreation District Park at 123 Recreation Drive.

Police were called to the park at about 3:30 p.m. The girl had been assaulted in the women's bathroom, next to the public swimming pool, officials said. She was taken to a local hospital.

The suspect was seen running from the area after the assault. He is described as a white male in his late 30s, with short blond or gray hair. He was wearing a red tank top or cut-off T-shirt and shorts. He is about 5-foot-10 and weighs about 180 pounds, according to police, who had no other details.

Anyone with information about this case should call the Auburn Police Department at (530) 823-4237, ext. 207.

From Kim Minugh:

Sacramento County sheriff's detectives have arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of fondling an 8-year-old girl in May, according to authorities.

Joseph Edward White is being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail in lieu of $1.25 million bail on charges of a lewd or lascivious act with a child under the age of 14, and of possessing obscene matter depicting a person under 14, according to jail booking records. He also is being held for failing to register as a sex offender at a new address, records show.

Also arrested was 28-year-old Nicole Elizabeth Buzzetta, who lives with White and was found to have child pornography in her possession, according to Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Tim Curran. Buzzetta is jailed in lieu of $250,000 on a charge of possessing obscene matter depicting a person under 14.

The charges stem from an investigation that began May 21, when deputies received a report of child molestation at an apartment complex in the 4400 block of Elk Horn Boulevard, Curran said. At the complex, deputies spoke to an 8-year-old girl who said she had been fondled in the parking lot by an unknown man, Curran said.

The investigation later focused on White, who was a registered sex offender and had felony warrants out for his arrest, Curran said. He was arrested June 20 on those warrants.

Later, detectives obtained a search warrant for the apartment that White and Buzzetta shared and found "numerous images of child pornography," Curran said. White was then identified as the suspect in the May 21 incident, Curran said.

Anyone with information about this case, or anyone who believes White might have had inappropriate conduct with a child, is asked to call child abuse detectives at (916) 874-5203 or (916) 874-5191.

Bee Staff:

A 24-year-old Elk Grove man was arrested for allegedly groping a 17-year-old woman - after giving the victim's acquaintance his mother's phone number, according to a police report.

An Elk Grove Police Department report gives this account:

About 2:20 a.m. Thursday, the suspect allegedly came up to the victim and another person walking in Berens Park and told the victim that he had been kicked out of his residence. He gave the victim's acquaintance a phone number and asked that person to call his mother and ask her to let him back into the house.

The suspect then allegedly tried to grab a part of the victim's anatomy. The victim told him to stop but the suspected allegedly tried to grab her "several more times" before fleeing the area.

Police were able to use the phone number to find an address. When officers approached the address, they said they saw the suspect, identified as Daniel Cea, run into the residence.

Officers said Cea refused to open the door at first, but relented after a few minutes.

Officers said they booked Cea into jail on suspicion of sexual battery and obstructing a police officer.

From Chelsea Phua:

Sacramento police are looking for four men who reportedly sexually assaulted a woman in her 50s over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The woman was walking home from a party at about 3 a.m. Sunday when she was attacked on Dixieanne Avenue near Oakmont Street in North Sacramento, Sgt. Norm Leong said.

The men grabbed her, took her to a secluded parking lot area and sexually assaulted her, authorities said. They also beat and robbed her before fleeing the scene in a 1980s to 1990s burgundy Cadillac, police said.

All the attackers were described as African American men.

The first man is described as being 23 to 25 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing between 165 to 170 pounds. He has a stocky build, tiny black "twisties" in his hair and a mustache. He was wearing a black T-shirt with a silver design in the front.

The second man is described as being in his early 20s, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds. He also has a stocky build and his hair was pulled back in a ponytail. He was wearing a gray sweat shirt.

The third man is described as 19 to 21 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall weighing 160 pounds. He is light-skinned, slim and has long stringy black shoulder-length braids. He was wearing a red sweat shirt.

The fourth man is described as 19 to 21 years old. He was wearing a dark blue sweat shirt.

Police are preparing sketches of the men.

From Kim Minugh:

Despite recent good news from the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding decreasing crime rates in Sacramento, city police officials say they are seeing an increase in sexual assaults so far this year.

In the first quarter of 2009, police have received nearly double the number of reported sexual assaults from the same period of 2008, said department spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong. Additionally, officials have noticed that many of the cases involve assaults by acquaintances of family members of the victim or people known to the victim, Leong said.

Though Leong acknowledged that those assaults are more difficult to prevent because the victims often trust and feel comfortable around their attackers, he said victims can take action to ensure a successful case. He encouraged victims to report the attack immediately, avoid showering prior to an examination and keep the clothes worn during the attack.

Excluding sexual assaults, Leong said crime statistics from the first quarter of 2009 are down compared to 2008 - when statistics showed an 8 percent decrease from the prior year, according to statistics released Monday by the FBI. Homicides in particular are down dramatically this year: there were just six by April 30, 2009 - the end of the first quarter - compared to 16 in the same period last year.

Leong attributed the overall decrease in crime to community cooperation, high staffing levels on patrol and the ability of lieutenants who are watch commanders to shift resources in response to crime trends.

Leong provided these general safety tips for deterring or avoiding sexual assaults by strangers:

- Avoid meeting anyone alone that you have never met or only know casually (i.e. online chat rooms, blind dates, etc.). If you do, make sure someone knows who and where you are meeting, and try to meet in a public place

- If you are out after hours or late at night, have someone you trust walk with you.

- Always watch a bartender mix your drink and don't accept open drinks from strangers.

- Don't go to parties where you don't know the host

- Don't accept rides from strangers

- If you feel uncomfortable with a situation, call someone you trust to pick you up.

- Stay in well-lit, public areas when out at night

- If you don't know a person, don't trust them

- Avoid being intoxicated to the point of not remembering or not being able to defend yourself

- Go out in a buddy system and have an agreement that you will stay together and leave together

- Beware of people you meet on the Internet. Internet conversations can lead to a false sense of knowing a person

From Bill Lindelof:

A man suspected of raping and beating a woman shot himself in the head when El Dorado County sheriff's deputies approached his residence, authorities said this morning.

Kenneth John Lowry, 31, of Shingle Springs survived the gunshot wound and was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. His condition was not immediately available.

Deputies said they received a call 6 a.m. Monday from a 43-year-old woman who reported she had been raped and beaten by a man she was dating. The woman said she escaped from the man's home in the 5000 block of Old Frenchtown Road in Shingle Springs.

Deputies transported her to Marshall Hospital in Placerville where her condition was described as moderate.

Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Bryan Golmitz said deputies searched the area near Old Frenchtown Road but were not able to locate the suspect. However, deputies and investigators stayed in the area, and at 3 p.m. a resident on Old Frenchtown Road called the sheriff's office to report that Lowry was at his house.

Golmitz said in an e-mail that when deputies walking toward the residence Lowry shot himself in the head. Lowry was flown by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

From Sarah Frier:

Folsom Police today arrested a 53-year-old man on suspicion of annoying and seducing a 10-year-old girl, police spokeswoman Cindy Allen said.

When police detectives identified Gerald Ivor Edwards, they noted that he was already registered as a sex offender, Allen said.

The 10-year-old girl told her mother she was receiving sexually explicit messages on her computer, Allen said. The mother went on the computer and pretended to be the child, and when she received explicit messages and pornographic images, she called the police, Allen said.

Edwards is now in custody at the Sacramento City Jail, Allen said.

"This is a great reminder to parents to be aware of who their children are talking to on these social networking sites," Sergeant Brian Dean said.

From Kim Minugh:

Sacramento police seek the public's help in identifying a suspect who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman Sunday night.

ABDUCRSUSPECT.JPGThe woman, who is in her 30s, was sitting near the Sacramento River just off the bike trail between the Tower Bridge and I Street when the alleged assault occurred, a Sacramento Police Department news release states.

The victim was wearing headphones and listening to music when the suspect approached her, grabbed her from behind and physically and sexually assaulted her, the release states.

Police described the suspect (left) as an African American male between 40 and 50 years old, 5-foot, 10-inches to 6-feet tall, and between 180 and 200 pounds. He had a medium-length black and a gray "afro" and possibly had a Southern accent. He walked with a limp and wore a short-sleeved plaid shirt, baggy blue jeans, black tennis shoes, and a light-colored baseball cap, according to the news release.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357 or text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

assault.jpgFrom Stan Oklobdzija:

The Sacramento Police Department is looking for a man who tried to sexually assault a woman Tuesday night along 50th Avenue, police officials said.

The woman, in her 20s, was walking home near the 2600 block of 50th Avenue when a man in a minivan asked her for directions, police said. The driver asked if the woman would get in the car with him, and when she refused, the woman noticed that the man had exposed himself, police said.

When the woman tried to walk away, the man exited the car and tried to sexually assault her, police said. The woman was able to flee after a short struggle.

The suspect (left photo) is described as a male between 18 and 21 years old, police said. He stands about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs between 160-170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and jeans. His minivan is described as older and either blue or gray, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Sacramento Police Department at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information.

From Andy Furillo:

Another Sacramento jury convicted Daniel James Harper today of attempted murder, sexual assault, mayhem and other charges for his hate-inspired kidnap and attack on a Latina nearly five years ago.

Harper, 33, had been convicted in March 2006 for the Oct. 30, 2004, abduction of a woman from the parking lot of the San Juan Medical Center and his near fatal assault on her in a rural area in southern Sacramento County.

Besides convicting Harper on 12 counts, the jury today also found the allegations to be true that they were hate crimes. According to evidence at trial, Harper claimed he had once been beaten up by a group of "Mexicans." The prosecution claimed that he singled out his victim in the 2004 attack because of her race.

Superior Court Judge Gary S. Mullen is scheduled to sentence Harper on May 15.

The state's Third District Court of Appeals overturned harper's previous conviction in January 2008.

Previously authorities told The Bee that after kidnapping the victim, Harper forced her to withdraw money from an ATM. Harper then drove the woman around the county for four hours, investigators said.

After forcing the woman to perform a sexual act, Harper beat her unconscious, slit her throat and lit her on fire, authorities said. Left for dead, the woman regained consciousness and waved down help on New Hope Road in southern Sacramento County.

larson_bret_james.jpgFrom Bill Lindelof:

A man has been arrested by Roseville Police on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman.

Police arrested Bret James Larson (photo left), 21, of Roseville on Thursday and booked into Placer County Jail without bail on a variety of charges, including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, multiple sex offenses and making terrorist threats.

Larson is suspected of sexually assaulting the woman in a Roseville residence about two weeks ago. After she was able to leave, Larson allegedly threatened her.

When she returned to the residence where the assault occurred on Tuesday to retrieve her belongings, police said that Larson beat her, threatened her with a knife, kept her against her will and choked her.

From Bill Lindelof:

Rocklin Police detectives have arrested a 51-year-old man for suspicion of lewd acts with a child.

Pedro Pallares of Rocklin was arrested Wednesday at the Rocklin Police Department after a two-week investigation that began March 24.

The department was informed by Sacramento County Child Protective Services that Pallares might be performing sex acts with a child, police said.

The victim is a girl younger than the age of 14. Rocklin Police do not believed that there are any other victims.

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A 17-year-old male who met a 15-year-old female over the Internet, sexually assaulted the teen while she was asleep, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department report.

The suspect, who The Bee is not identifying because he is a juvenile, was arrested on suspicion of rape and the rape of someone who is asleep, the report states.

The attack occurred about 1 a.m. March 31 at an address on Via Casitas, the report states.

The suspect and victim "met online," the report states, and the victim invited the suspect to her residence to watch movies.

The suspect asked permission to perform a sex act on the victim and "after several minutes of saying 'no,'" the victim consented, the report states.

After the victim fell asleep, she awoke to find the suspect assaulting her, the report states. She told him to stop, the report states. The victim fell asleep again only to once again waking to find the suspect assaulting her.

From Kim Minugh:

Sacramento County sheriff's detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect believed to be responsible for two sexual assaults on the Cordova High School campus in recent months.

The attacks allegedly occurred in campus restrooms on Dec. 11 and on Jan. 23, said sheriff's Sgt. Tim Curran.

The first reportedly took place shortly before 8 a.m., when the 18-year-old female victim told deputies she was pushed into a restroom and sexually assaulted, Curran said. The victim said she blacked out and could not describe her attacker.

The second assault took place about 7:35 a.m., when the 15-year-old female victim said she was pushed into a restroom and assaulted. She described the suspect as a 19-year-old Caucasian man, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds. He was described as having a thin build, with light brown hair styled in a "spiky" crew cut, Curran said. The suspect also was described as wearing a red t-shirt and blue jeans.

Authorities believe the same suspect is involved in both assaults because the circumstances are similar, Curran said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at (916) 874-5070 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

From Sandy Louey:

Davis police have arrested a 33-year-old man for reaching under a woman's skirt as she walked in the downtown area. Police say he is a suspect in two similar sexual assaults last week.

Mario Reynosa, a Yolo County resident, was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of sexual battery in connection with an incident that took place early that morning, Davis Police Sgt. Paul Doroshov said Tuesday.

At 1:40 a.m. Sunday, Reynosa allegedly went up to a 23-year-old woman at 2nd and G streets from behind. He reached under her skirt and sexually assaulted her, Doroshov said.

Reynosa fled and within minutes was following a 21-year-old woman near the downtown area. He grabbed the woman by the arm. She yelled for help and some men walking by detained him until police arrived, police said.

Doroshov said Reynosa is a suspect in the two Feb. 26 attacks based on the similarity of the incidents and other evidence.

Both those victims were college-age women, with one incident reported at 2:30 a.m. in the 300 block of G Street. The second was shortly afterward in the 200 block of G Street, police said.

In both cases, a man approached the victims from behind and reached under their skirts.

Police believed that the man was targeting young women wearing skirts and who had been at restaurants and bars in downtown Davis.

From Kim Minugh:

A 13-year-old girl reported that she was kidnapped and raped Monday evening in the Laguna Creek area, according to police.

The girl told police she had been walking through an apartment complex on Calvine Road about 6:30 p.m. when she was grabbed by two men, dragged to a car and driven to an unknown home in the Laguna Creek or Elk Grove area, said Sacramento police Sgt. Norm Leong.

The suspects raped her and then left, the girl told police. She then went to a family member's house, and police were notified.

The suspects are described as two African American male teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17, according to police. The girl told police both had dreadlocks, but that one suspect had dreadlocks with green tips.

The car was described as an early 1990s bright blue Oldsmobile, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a reward.

From Sandy Louey:

The Butte County Sheriff's Department arrested a 46-year-old Oroville teacher Thursday for allegedly having sex with a female student.

Glenn Bruce Blakey, a ROTC teacher at Las Plumas High School, was arrested at the school on suspicion of five counts of felony statutory rape and two counts of oral copulation with a minor, said sheriff's Sgt. Steven Pelton.

Blakey is being held on $125,000 bail at the Butte County jail, Pelton said.

Pelton said the investigation began after a tip in late January about the relationship between Blakey and a 15-year-old female student in his ROTC class.

Blakey is not believed to be involved with other students, Pelton said.

Blakey is a gunnery sergeant, who is retired from the Marine Corps, according to the Las Plumas High Web site.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Tom Dryan at (530) 558-7671.

From Bill Lindelof:

A Sacramento man was found guilty of having sex with a minor despite his defense that a birth defect prevented him from having sex without pain.

Henry James Fluker Jr., 35, was convicted Feb. 13 by a Yolo County jury of multiple offenses that included statutory rape. The victim was identified as a 17-year-old developmentally disabled girl.

At trial, the jury heard evidence that Fluker met the teen in Sacramento, according to a press release from the Yolo County District Attorney's office.

The release gave this account of the case:

The girl would often run away from her Davis home to stay with Fluker on the streets in Sacramento.

She was eventually placed in a foster home in Marysville. However, Fluker took a bus to Marysville and brought her to live with him in Sacramento.

The teen testified the two had sex in a motel and an abandoned house in West Sacramento, but at trial Fluker denied her account.

Fluker submitted that he was born with a birth defect that made the act of sex extremely painful. However, an urologist with the Woodland Health Clinic said that the defect Fluker claimed does not normally cause pain during sex.

Fluker is scheduled to be sentenced March 16. He faces a maximum of six years and eight months in state prison.

From Sandy Louey:

A Yolo County jury on Wednesday convicted a 52-year-old West Sacramento man for molesting a friend's 6-year-old daughter.

The jury found Anatoly Kadoshnikov guilty on two counts of child molestation. During 1996 to 1997, he was staying at a friend's home in Yolo County, according to a press release from the Yolo County District Attorney's Office.

The girl kept the molestation a secret until she was 15, the DA's office said.

During the same time frame, Kadoshnikov was also molesting a 12-year-old girl in Sacramento County, the DA's office said. The girl didn't report it to authorities until 2003 when she was 17.

Her case wasn't prosecuted, but she was allowed to tell the jury about the attacks, authorities said.

Kadoshnikov is scheduled to be sentenced March 30. He is facing up to 10 years in state prison and will have to register as a sexual offender, the DA's office said.

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A Pollock Pines man is in custody this morning for allegedly kidnapping and raping two women during the past year.

Sacramento police arrested Shane Wilson (photo left), 36, at his home in the 5400 block of Shooting Star Road in Pollock Pines Thursday night, police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong said in a press release.

On two separate occasions over the last year, Wilson allegedly picked up a woman on Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, took her to an industrial area and forcibly restrained her. The two female victims were both taken against their will to a home where they allegedly were sexually assaulted, he said.

The victims were then driven back to Stockton Boulevard and released.

Leong said he couldn't disclose when the women were assaulted or the duration of time between the two alleged crimes because of the ongoing investigation.

Police also will not disclose how they uncovered Wilson's connection with the alleged assaults or what was found at Wilson's home.

"There's a lot of follow up to do," he said.

Police are not commenting on why the women were on Stockton Boulevard, but said that "they voluntarily got into the vehicle."

"We think there could be other victims out there," Leong said.

Wilson is being held in Sacramento Main Jail on $500,000 bail, according to online jail records. He is being held on suspicion of oral copulation by force, rape, sodomy and forcibly taking someone out of the city or state and false imprisonment, all felonies, records show.

He also is being held on an arrest warrant from the California Highway Patrol.

Wilson is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

From Sandy Louey:

The Nevada County Sheriff's Department arrested a 36-year-old man Monday for an alleged sexual assault.

On Sunday, detectives from the Sheriff's Department responded to the Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital in Auburn about a female who was seeking medical attention for a sexual assault, according to a press release.

A search warrant was issued for a home in the Chicago Park area, where the assault occurred sometime early Sunday. Evidence was seized from the residence, the Sheriff's Department said.

On Monday, deputies from the Nevada County and Placer County sheriff's departments stopped a vehicle on Interstate 80 at Placer Hills Road near Colfax. Alan Morgan Rey, was arrested on suspicion of rape, sexual battery and oral copulation, officials said.

Bail was set at $75,000. Rey has posted bail and been released, the Sheriff's Department said.

From Sandy Louey:

Sacramento police have arrested a 28-year-old man for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old girl while she was asleep.

Richard Andrew Basey was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of penetration by a foreign object, according to online jail records.

The girl was the daughter of an acquaintance, said Sgt. Norm Leong, a spokesman with the police department.

Basey was being held on $50,000 bail Thursday at the Sacramento County Main Jail, according to online jail records.

012809 Hudson.pdf - Adobe Reader.JPGFrom Sandy Louey:

Folsom police have arrested a 53-year-old man on suspicion of committing lewd acts with a young girl.

Michael Hudson (photo left) of Folsom allegedly assaulted a 6-year-old girl whom he knew over the course of a year at homes in Folsom and Sacramento County, according to a press release from the Folsom Police Department.

On Tuesday, police arrested Hudson on suspicion of eight counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14.

Hudson was being held on $400,000 bail at the Sacramento County Main Jail.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, according to online jail records.

From Kim Minugh:

A woman was sexually assaulted early Sunday morning in a parking lot near a busy Midtown intersection, according to Sacramento police.

She was walking on K Street between 19th and 20th streets about 1 a.m. when an unknown suspect grabbed her, pulled her into a parking lot and sexually assaulted her, said police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong.

He would not discuss details of the assault, except to say that it was "violent."

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, about 5-foot-9-inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds, Leong said. He had a medium build, light brown hair and was wearing a black beanie.

Leong said the incident is a reminder that crime happens even in places that otherwise feel safe.

"It's important to remember to be cognizant of your surroundings," Leong said. "If you're going to walk at night, even if it's in a busy area, try to bring a friend along."

From Andy Furillo:

A Sacramento lawyer must stand trial on charges that he inappropriately touched five clients he represented on divorce cases, a judge ruled today.

Gary Michael Appelblatt will face nine felony and four misdemeanor counts as a result of Sacramento Superior Court Judge Charlene P. Kiesselbach's decision after a one-day preliminary hearing. (Court records had his last name spelled as Appelblatt but the state Department of Motor Vehicles and the State Bar Association has his last name as Appelblatt.)

According to testimony provided by two Sacramento sheriff's detectives, Appelblatt told the women he had a pharmacist's degree and medical training and under that guise he conducted impromptu physical examinations on them in his American River Drive office.

Appelblatt proceeded to get the women partially undressed on his office couch before the clients stopped his sexual advances, the detectives said the alleged victims told them.

"I do believe these are vulnerable people he is taking advantage of," Deputy District Attorney Keith Hill argued at the end of the hearing. "He goes until they say no."

Appelblatt declined to comment after the hearing. His attorney, Tom Johnson, argued that the encounters were consensual.

"These were all adults," Johnson said. "They went into his office voluntarily and they dealt with him."

Detectives James Barnes and Anthony Brantley gave the accounts of the five women based on interviews they conducted with them.

The detectives testified that the four women said in interviews that Appelblatt told them he had a pharmacist's degree and that he further informed them that he thought they looked like they were sick.

They said he took out a stethoscope and a rubber physician's mallet and performed some routine examinations before he proceeded to conduct unrequested breast examinations on the women. He also sought to conduct a pelvic exam on one of the alleged victims, the detectives said.

Each of the four women told Appelblatt to stop, which prompted an apology on his part as well as requests for them to "keep it between them," the detectives testified.

"He asked her not to tell anybody about it," Brantley testified, about one of Appelblatt's encounters.

Johnson elicited testimony from Barnes that the one woman he interviewed told him that Appelblatt never used any force. Barnes also testified under questioning from Johnson that there was no suggestion in a series of e-mails between the woman and Appelblatt that she was offended by his actions.

One of the women told detectives that she was wearing a sundress with no bra and that Appelblatt removed the dress before engaging in sexually explicit behavior with her.

"She just kind of froze and wanted it to be done, to stop," Detective Brantley said.

From Sandy Louey:

An 18-year-old Woodland man will spend from 18 years to the rest of his life in prison for his violent sexual assault on a young woman.

Yolo County Superior Court Judge Thomas Warriner on Wednesday sentenced Timothy Thompson for the Nov. 26, 2006, attack in which Thompson kidnapped a woman from her Woodland apartment complex and sexually assaulted her, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office press release.

In March, a Yolo County jury convicted Thompson on the charges of forcible rape, attempted digital penetration and two counts of forcible oral copulation, the DA's office said. The jury also found he committed the sexual assault during the course of a kidnapping, the DA's office said.

During the trial, the jury heard evidence that Thompson grabbed the victim and took her from her apartment, taking her around the corner of her apartment building where he sexually assaulted her, the DA's office said. He also dragged her to Prairie Park where the sexual assault continued, the DA's office said.

Thompson's sentencing had been delayed so he could file a new trial motion that was denied, the release said.

From Sandy Louey:

A Woodland man has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl while she was home alone.

Woodland police on Wednesday arrested Richard Gordon Torrey III, 34, on suspicion of committing a lewd act with the girl and committing the lewd act during the commission of a burglary, according to a press release.

Torrey was arrested in connection with an Aug. 22 incident. He allegedly entered a Woodland apartment, knowing the girl was home alone, and sexually assaulted her while she was in bed, police said.

Police said Torrey was a acquaintance of the victim's family.

From David Richie:

Citrus Heights police confirmed Monday evening that they arrested a man late Sunday night after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in the Sunrise Mall parking lot outside the Sears store.

The incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. when a stranger, later identified by police as Erick Guzman, 24, forced his way into a woman's car and attacked her, police said. The woman fought off the man before he fled. Officers found him a short distance away and took him into custody.

Guzman was booked into Sacramento County Main Jail on a charge of sexual battery and he remains in custody today with bail set at $20,000.

Gregory J[1]. Rayburn.jpgFrom Bee Metro Staff

Gregory Rayburn, a former Rio Americano High School teacher, was convicted by jury of 11 counts of annoying or molesting a child and one count of sexual battery, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office said Monday.

Rayburn (left photo), 54, was a history teacher at the school in 2006-2007 when he engaged in multiple acts of sexually explicit and inappropriate behavior towards four of his female students, all under the age of 18, DA Jan Scully said in a press release.

Once deceiving the victim into trying on various articles of revealing clothing, Rayburn

inappropriately touched the victim while adjusting her clothing, the release said. He inappropriately touched the victim again on another occasion, the release said.

In 2005, Rayburn engaged in similar behavior towards several female teenaged students when he was a teacher at Bella Vista High School, the release said. Four former Bella Vista High School student victims testified that Rayburn requested that they dress in provocative clothing so he could take their photograph.

One former student testified that Rayburn pressured her to take a photograph and brought in revealing clothing for her to wear, the release.

"Thanks to the bravery and courage of the victims to report these crimes and testify at trial, this repeat offender will be held accountable for his years of misconduct," said Deputy District Attorney Sheri Greco

Each count is punishable by up to one year in county jail. Rayburn will also be required to register as a sex offender, the release said.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 30.

From Niesha Lofing:

The monetary reward for information about a midday sexual assault in Glenn Hall Park last month has grown.

Councilman Steve Cohn is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the crime, bringing the total reward pool to $3,000, Sgt. Matt Young said.

The River Park Neighborhood Association also is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the attacker's arrest, as is Crime Alert.

On Aug. 19, a teenage girl was walking along Sandburg Drive near the park at about 1 p.m. when a man approached her from behind and forced her into the women's public restroom, Young said.

The man sexually assaulted the girl and fled on foot, he said.

The assailant is described as a white man in his mid-40s, 5-foot-10, 160-to-170 pounds with medium-length brown hair, and a full, salt-and-pepper-colored beard. He was wearing a gray shirt with writing on the front, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. He spoke with a Southern accent and had a raspy voice. His appearance was dirty, and police believe he could have been transient, Young said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers may remain anonymous and still be eligible for the $3,000 reward.

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The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department has released a sketch of the suspect in a carjacking and sexual assault Sept. 5 on the border of unicorporated Sacramento County and Citrus Heights.

A woman reported that she was carjacked and sexually assaulted about 12:24 a.m. when a man forced his way into the woman's car at gunpoint near the intersection of Roseville Road and Antelope Road. The woman told investigators that the man took control of the vehicle and drove to a secluded location near Fair Oaks Boulevard and Old Auburn Road where he assaulted her.

She was left at that location and the man drove away in her car. It was located a short distance away.

The suspect is described as a white male adult in his early to mid 30s, about 5-feet-9-inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. He has a light colored mustache.

He was wearing a dark colored knit beanie with a brim, worn backwards, a plaid button-down shirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the sheriff's sexual assault bureau at (916) 874-5070 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

From Chelsea Phua:

The River Park Neighborhood Association is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the man who sexually assaulted a teenage girl in August, according to a Sacramento Police Department news release Monday.

Authorities said the girl was walking along Sandburg Drive near Glenn Hall Park 1 p.m. Aug. 19 when the man approached the victim from behind and forced her into the women's restroom, where he sexually assaulted her.

He fled on foot in an unknown direction.

The attacker is described as white, in his mid 40s, 5-feet, 10-inches tall and weighing 160 to 170 pounds. He had medium-length brown hair and a full salt-and-pepper beard. He was wearing a grey shirt with writing on the front, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. He spoke with a raspy voice and a southern accent. His appearance was dirty and he looked homeless.

In addition to the Association's $1,000 reward, callers to Crime Alert at 916-443-HELP could also be eligible for another $1,000 reward and remain anonymous.

From David Richie:

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department investigators were looking Monday for the suspect in a carjacking and sexual assault Friday on the border of unincorporated Sacramento County and Citrus Heights.

A woman reported that she was carjacked and sexually assaulted about 12:24 a.m. when a man forced his way into the woman's car at gunpoint near the intersection of Roseville Road and Antelope Road. The woman told investigators that the man took control of the vehicle and drove to a secluded location near Fair Oaks Boulevard and Old Auburn Road where he assaulted her.

She was left at that location and the man drove away in her car. It was located a short distance away.

The suspect is described as a white male adult in his early to mid 30s, about 5-feet-9-inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. He has a light colored mustache.

He was wearing a dark colored knit beanie with a brim, worn backwards, a plaid button-down shirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the sheriff's sexual assault bureau at (916) 874-5070.


From the Associated Press:

The wife of a former Blue Lake police chief accused of raping her allegedly told her former attorney that she feared she would be killed if she testified against her husband.

Attorney Patrik Griego testified in the rape trial of David Gundersen on Tuesday that Darcie Seal told him about her fears when they spoke during the two months leading up to the preliminary hearing, and that she often was shaking and crying.

Gundersen faces two dozen counts of raping Seal repeatedly over a two-year period while she was under the influence of sleeping pills, among other charges.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and remains jailed on $1.25 million bail.

Here's the Eureka Times-Standard story about the trial.

From Niesha Lofing:

Sacramento police are asking for help in identifying a man who sexually assaulted a teenage girl in River Park on Tuesday afternoon.

The girl was walking at about 1 p.m. along Sandburg Drive, near Glenn Hall Park, when a man approached her from behind and forced her into the women's public restroom, where he sexually assaulted her, police Sgt. Matt Young said.

The man left the area on foot, he said.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-40s, 5-foot-10, weighing 160 to 170 pounds, with medium-length brown hair. He had a salt-and-pepper beard and was wearing a gray shirt with writing on the front, blue jeans and white sneakers. The man had a Southern accent and spoke in a raspy voice, Young said.

The attacker's appearance was dirty, and he might be transient, he said.

Anyone with information is urged to call police detectives at (916) 808-0575 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Suarez.JPGFrom Kim Minugh:

Sacramento police are looking for a 38-year-old man wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a minor, authorities said.

The suspect, Marco Suarez, left, is known to frequent the Sacramento area, police said.

He is described as a 5-foot-6, 210-pound Hispanic adult with black hair and brown eyes, according to police. Suarez might be driving, or associated with, a silver and blue, mid-80s Chevy S-10 pickup truck.

Police urge anyone with information to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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From Chelsea Phua:

Police are looking for a man accused of sexually assaulting a 28-year-old woman in her home near Lawrence Park on July 8.

The man, described as Caucasian or Hispanic in his late 30s, entered the garage when no one was home and waited.

The victim returned to her home in the 4900 block of 48th Street from work at 8:45 p.m. and heard noises coming from the garage. She opened the garage door and saw the man in the doorway. He grabbed her neck and forced her into a bedroom where he sexually assaulted her. He then fled on foot.

The victim told police she did not know her assailant and had never seen him before.

On Sunday, the victim reported seeing the man again in the area of Lawrence Park, riding an older-style silver bicycle.

The assailant (top left sketch) is about 6 feet and 170 pounds with unkempt shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes. He was unshaven and had a full goatee. He was wearing a gray thermal shirt, black jeans and black steel-toed boots. He also has an armband-type tattoo (top right sketch) on his upper left arm and a deformity or scarring near his left eye.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Police are alerting the public about two sexual assaults that have occurred in the midtown area.

The first occurred about 3 a.m. July 5 near 24th and E streets, the second about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday near 26th and E streets, according to a Police Department news release.

In each case, the victim was a young adult woman who was walking alone, the release says. The attacker walked up to the victim from behind and put his arm around her neck in a chokehold, it says. He then fondled her breasts and attempted to take her pants off, according to the release.

The women fought back, the release says, prompting the attacker to run off, but in the first incident, he put a black handgun to the woman's head.

The attacker was described as a black man in his early 20s, about 5-foot-6 and a stocky build. The release says he has large eyes and a round face. He was waring a baseball cap, dark gray T-shirt, khaki cargo shorts and tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about these assaults is urged to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

-- Bee Metro Staff

ardensuspect.jpgThe Sacramento County Sheriff's Department's sexual assault detectives have released a composite sketch of the suspect they believe is responsible for a home-invasion robbery and sexual assault that occurred shortly before 11 a.m. Friday near El Camino Avenue and Catalina Drive in the Arden Arcade area.

According to authorities, the 42-year-old woman told sheriff's deputies that after she was forced from her garage into her residence, the gunman sexually assaulted her and ordered her to drive to a bank and withdraw money that was to be left at a specific location near Watt and El Camino avenues.

The victim described the assailant as a black male with short hair, age 20 to 25, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9 and weighing between 150 and 160 pounds. He had short black hair and was clean shaven. The suspect was wearing a white sleeveless tank-style T-shirt, red basketball shorts and black shoes with laces. The suspect was armed with a black semiautomatic handgun, authorities report.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call sheriff's detectives at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers may remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward.

From Chelsea Phua:

Authorities are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl Wednesday morning in Rancho Cordova.

According to a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department news release, the girl was walking to school at about 7:40 a.m. when she passed a vehicle parked on Mills Tower Drive.

She heard two men talking in Spanish as she passed the car. One of the men offered her a ride, which she declined.

One of the men then got out of the vehicle, grabbed the girl from behind and sexually assaulted her, the sheriff's department said. The victim managed to run away from the man after a brief struggle.

The first suspect is described a Hispanic man about 5-feet-10-inches tall. He was wearing a red, button-up shirt, dark brown pants and tan construction boots. He was unshaven and had short brown hair. The victim did not see the second suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's department at (916) 874-5070.

Blue Lake's former police chief faces an additional 14 charges, bringing the total to 33 counts of rape, weapons possession and witness coercion, the Associated Press reports.

David Gundersen pleaded not guilty to all counts at his arraignment Monday.

Blue Lake is a city of 1,000-plus people east of Arcata.

Here is the Eureka Times-Standard's story.

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A Tahoe City man is being held on $1 million bail in Placer County Jail after being arrested for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl.

Kenneth Rockwell Seymour, 55, left, was arrested at his home in the Dollar Point area April 26, the morning after the rape allegedly occurred, according to a sheriff's news release.

Placer County Sheriff's deputies learned of the alleged incident after a family member of the girl called 9-1-1.

Seymour also allegedly provided the girl with alcohol, the release states.

Seymour faces several charges, including two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, two counts of sexual intercourse with an intoxicated victim, two counts of an adult having sex with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the release states.

Seymour, whose home is located in an enclave of luxury rental homes about 2 miles from Tahoe City, also lives part-time in Nevada.

The Eureka Times-Standard reports that Blue Lake's police chief will stand trial on 19 felony counts accusing him of raping his wife and his former girlfriend.

A Humboldt County judge ruled Wednesday that there's sufficient evidence to hold Chief David Gundersen for trial. Blue Lake is a city of 1,000-plus people east of Arcata.

Here's the story.

Rodriguez-1.JPGFrom David Richie:

El Dorado County sheriff's investigators have arrested a Folsom woman employed in extended care programs at two different schools on felony charges of lewd acts with a child and misdemeanor charges of annoying or molesting children.

Trina Lynn Rodriguez, 30, left, was taken into custody Wednesday after parents complained to officials at the Sheriff's Office and El Dorado County Office of Education.

School officials assisted sheriff's investigators, said Sgt. Bryan Golmitz, sheriff's office spokesman.

"There are five victims that we know about, all under 14. Three males and two females," Golmitz said.

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Some readers have complained about the lack of race description in a recent Midtown sexual assault report. There was no specific information given by the victim, said department spokeswoman Michelle Lazark. She has posted an item on her blog about the assault, including all the known description details and a link back to an informational series on sexual assault prevention.



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