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November 8, 2013
Former Dixon High coach pleads no contest to sex with teen

Troy Anthony Hensley.PNGA former Dixon High School coach has pleaded no-contest to three felony counts involving his unlawful sexual relationship with a minor.

Troy Anthony Hensley (pictured), 38, pleaded to charges including unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. The charges represent his conduct during the length of the relationship, and conduct that occurred in Yolo and Solano counties, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's office news release. Based on the plea, all other counts against Hensley will be dismissed and he will be placed on a grant of felony probation.

Hensley began the relationship with the victim while she was still in high school, authorities said. She was an employee under Hensley's supervision at Bud's Pub and Grill in Dixon. She was 17 and Hensley was 37 when the relationship began, and it continued until after the victim was 18 years old.

November 7, 2013
Suspect sought in indecent exposure incident at Folsom tanning salon

Folsom indecent exposure suspect.PNGThe Folsom Police Department is asking the public's help in identifying a suspect in an indecent exposure case.

In October 2012, a man (pictured) allegedly exposed himself in a sexual way to a female employee at a tanning business in Folsom, according to a Police Department news release. Police said the man has been seen in tanning salons throughout the Sacramento area, and Folsom detectives would like to interview him.

The man is described as 30 to 35 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds, with blond or light-brown hair and blue eyes. He sometimes wears prescription glasses and usually wears business casual attire.

Anyone with information about the individual is asked to call Detective Timothy Galovich at (916) 355-7241 or email him a tgalovich@folsom.ca.us.

November 6, 2013
Oroville man pleads guilty to trying to entice minor for sex

A 23-year-old Oroville man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Sacramento to enticement of a minor.

According to court documents, Michael Adam Cruz posted an advertisement on Craigslist in May 2012 seeking a young-looking female. After communicating with an undercover detective that he believed to be a minor female, Cruz agreed to meet June 12, 2012, in Oroville to have sex with her.

Cruz was arrested following his arrival at the designated meeting spot and has been detained in Sacramento County Jail since then, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

November 5, 2013
Police seek man suspected of indecent exposure at Natomas store

Walmart suspect.pngThe Sacramento Police Department is asking the public's help in identifying a man suspected of indecent exposure at a Walmart store in North Natomas.

The incident was reported about 10:20 a.m. Monday. Walmart security personnel observed the man (pictured) on camera walking behind another Walmart customer masturbating, according to a Police Department news release. He reportedly walked behind the female customer several times.

Store security employees attempted to contact the man, but he left before they were able to do so.

November 1, 2013
Sheriff's detectives arrest man in connection with rape, kidnap outside Orangevale Wal-Mart

A 34-year-old man suspected of kidnapping a woman from the parking lot of an Orangevale Wal-Mart and then raping her might have harassed other women the night of the attack, according to authorities.

BONDERERx-3676492.jpgJoseph Lee Bonderer, of Orangevale, was booked Thursday into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of rape, sodomy, penetration by a foreign object and kidnapping - all felonies - in connection with the Wednesday night assault, according to jail booking records. He is being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

Detectives believe he had been thrown out of a local business that night for harassing women there, and might have been the subject of a complaint to a Wal-Mart manager that a man in the parking lot was chasing women, said sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman.

The victim, a woman in her early 40s, was leaving the Wal-Mart parking lot, located on the 8900 block of Greenback Lane, about 10:50 p.m. when a man jumped into her car, claimed he had a gun and ordered her to drive out of the parking lot, Bowman said.

The victim did not know the man, Bowman said.

Fearing her life was at risk, the woman followed the man's orders and drove to a nearby location, where the man sexually assaulted her, Bowman said. The man then ordered the victim to return to Wal-Mart, where he got out of the car and ran.

Despite the threat, no gun was ever seen, Bowman said.

Detectives zeroed in on Bonderer after deputies visited a local business while looking for leads. An employee at the business said a man had been thrown out earlier in the evening because of the way he was "degrading" women there, Bowman said. Deputies found Bonderer's name because he had swiped his driver's license to purchase alcohol there, Bowman said.

Deputies arrested Bonderer early Thursday morning and booked him into jail that afternoon.

Authorities said the incident is a reminder to be aware of personal safety, even "while performing everyday functions."

Bonderer has no criminal history in Sacramento County, according to Superior Court records available online. Orange County Superior Court online records show he was charged with using a cell phone while driving in 2011, though the outcome of that case was not immediately clear Friday.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115.

October 29, 2013
Davis police seek suspect in attempted sexual assault

Davis police seek to find a man who reportedly tried to sexually assault a woman as she was returning to her residence Tuesday night.

The incident occurred about 10:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Alvarado Avenue near Anderson Road. The woman was returning to her residence and parked her vehicle in the parking lot. After retrieving her belongings from the vehicle, she was confronted by a man who pushed her back toward the vehicle, according to a Police Department news release.

Once they reached the vehicle, the man attempted to sexually assault the woman, police said.

October 23, 2013
Sacramento sheriff's detectives seek more possible victims of abusive masseur

Detectives are trying to identify any further victims of a Sacramento-area masseur who is alleged to have inappropriately touched female clients during massages.

ACEVEDO.jpgSacramento County sheriff's detectives arrested Jeremy Acevedo, who also goes by the name Jeremiah, in August after an investigation into the allegations, said Sgt. Lisa Bowman.

At least two victims have been identified by investigators, Bowman said, but detectives suspect there are more. They are asking those women to come forward.

Acevedo began working in the Sacramento area at the start of the year, Bowman said. He primarily worked in the north area.

In August, prosecutors charged Acevedo with four felony counts of penetration by a foreign object and six misdemeanor counts of sexual battery. He is no longer in custody.

Anyone with information is asked to call sexual assaults Detective Brendan McAtee at (916) 874-5070.

October 23, 2013
Employee at Starr King K-8 after-school program accused of sex acts with two minor students

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

A "team leader" in an after-school program at Starr King K-8 School has been arrested after being accused of committing sex acts with two students off campus, according to authorities.

LAGOSx3062128.jpgOn Tuesday, Sacramento County sheriff's deputies arrested Julia Nicole Lagos, 19, on suspicion of lewd acts with a child under the age of 14, said Sgt. Lisa Bowman. Lagos was released from jail the same day after posting $50,000 bond, Bowman said.

She is scheduled to be arraigned on three felony counts Tuesday, according to Superior Court records available online.

Lagos is employed by the Mission Oaks Parks and Recreation District, which contracts with the San Juan Unified School District to run the Bridges after-school program at Starr King, Bowman said.

Lagos is no longer employed by Mission Oaks Parks and Rec, according to a district official.

At the time of the alleged assaults, worked as a "team leader," or classroom monitor, for a group of third and fourth graders, Bowman said.

Although the two victims are students who attend the Bridges after-school program, the two boys were not under Lagos' supervision, the sergeant said. At the request of detectives, she did not release the ages of the two victims.

The sex acts are alleged to have occurred at a local park after the Bridges program had concluded on those days, Bowman said. Detectives believe Lagos had inappropriate conduct on multiple occasions with one victim and once with the other.

Trent Allen, spokesman for San Juan Unified, said the allegations were brought earlier this month to Starr King's principal, who notified the Sheriff's Department. Lagos was "removed from the school environment" and has not been back.

Bowman said detectives do not believe there were any other victims.

Barry Ross, director of recreation and marketing for Mission Oaks Parks and Rec, said Lagos was hired in August. She recently was "released of her duties," he said, though he declined to say when.

"We are in cooperation with law enforcement and the San Juan Unified School District," Ross said. "Of course we want this resolved."

Lagos had no previous criminal record in Sacramento County, according to Superior Court records. Efforts to reach her have been unsuccessful.

Call The Bee's Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038. Follow her on Twitter @Kim_Minugh.

October 16, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to 1980s TV weatherman accused of lewd acts?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: Back in the late 1980s there was a weather man dubbed Stormin' Norman. He was accused of lewd sexual acts in a bathroom in Sunrise Mall. Was he found guilty?
Submitted by: Tony, Sacramento

ANSWER: Norman Francis Jacobs, also known as Stormin' Norman, a television weatherman for KTXL Channel 40, was one of six men arrested in 1987 on charges of soliciting and engaging in lewd acts in a Macy's department store restroom in Sunrise Mall.

October 15, 2013
Man pleads no contest to burglary, sexual battery

A man accused of sexually assaulting one woman and attempting to assault another after forcing his way into their apartments has pleaded no contest to charges.

William Russell, 22, today entered the no contest plea to two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of sexual battery and one count of attempted sexual battery, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The burglary offenses are strikes under California law, officials said.

Russell, who did not know the victims, complimented both on their toes and feet and asked if he could touch them. Both women declined and tried to ignore him. Russell, however, followed them to their apartments and forced his way inside. He sexually assaulted one of the women and tried to sexually assault the other, but she was able to push him out of her apartment, officials said.

Under the plea agreement, Russell will be sentenced to a stipulated six years and 10 months in prison, according to the District Attorney's Office. Once he is released on parole, he will be required to register as a convicted sex offender. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 12. in Sacramento Superior Court.

October 7, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man accused of sexually assaulting health spa client?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What ever happened in the case of Tyrone Michael Dwyer? On April 12, 2011, he was in court for sexually assaulting an unconscious client at Fountain of Health spa. He was also accused /charged with possessing obscene material and child pornography on his computer. What is the disposition of this case and what was his sentence?
Submitted by: Marsha, Sacramento

ANSWER: Tyrone Michael Dwyer, 58, pleaded no contest to rape of an unconscious person and possession of obscene material depicting a minor engaged in sex acts.

October 1, 2013
Burglaries down, aggravated assault up, according to UC Davis stats

daviscop.JPGThe annual crime statistics for UC Davis show a big drop in burglaries from the year before.

Each year, the university must collect the crime figures under the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

The Clery report tallies crimes at locations that include the University of California, Davis campus and the UC Davis Health System campus in Sacramento. It also includes reports taken by police agencies with jurisdiction next to university properties.

September 25, 2013
Folsom man pleads guilty to possessing child pornography

A Folsom man pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said.

Daniel Ratner, 45, planted hidden video cameras in his house, recording minors entering the shower, changing clothes and sitting on the toilet, according to federal prosecutors. Officials found 37 movie files and approximately 100 images of child pornography during a search of Ratner's computers.

Ratner is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 11 and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a life term of supervised release.

September 24, 2013
Veteran Sacramento County sheriff's deputy arrested on molestation charges

By Phillip Reese
preese@sacbee.com

A veteran Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy has been arrested on suspicion of child molestation in Nevada County.

Donald Michael Black, 43, faces five counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts on a child who is 14 or 15 years old, according to Sgt. Dan Saunders of the Nevada County Sheriff's Department. Deputies have identified one victim, Saunders said, and are investigating whether there are more.

Black was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Nevada County Jail, where he remained late Tuesday night.

September 17, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Has Roseville man been sentenced after pleading guilty to possessing child porn?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: Back in March, a story was posted on SacBee regarding Daniel McGrath, who pleaded guilty to child porn charges. His sentencing was supposed to occur by now. Is there any update to the story?
Submitted by: dnagrl, Sacramento

ANSWER: Daniel Harrison McGrath of Roseville pleaded guilty in federal court in Saramaento in March to posessing child pornography.

September 17, 2013
FBI seeks possible Sacramento-area victims of accused sex offender

Joseph Caracciolo.pngThe Federal Bureau of Investigation seeks the public's assistance in identifying possible additional victims of a man thought to have lived in the Sacramento area and who was recently arrested in in New Jersey, accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

A complaint and arrest warrant were issued Aug. 21 by the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey, charging an individual, believed to be Joseph Crillo, but not yet positively identified, in a John Doe warrant with aggravated sexual assault of a minor younger than 13. On Aug. 30, Joseph Anthony Caracciolo (pictured), also known as Joseph Crillo, Joseph Grillo and Tony Gallardo, was charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey, in a federal complaint. He is accused of traveling in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with another person, namely a sexual act with a person younger than 18 years of age, according to an FBI news release.

According to the federal complaint, from approximately May to August 2012, Caracciolo allegedly traveled among New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to sexually abuse a girl who was younger than 13.

September 17, 2013
Former Rocklin High walk-on coach accused of sex with student

Mark Richard Bevan.jpgA former walk-on track coach at Rocklin High School has been arrested on suspicion of unlawful sex with a 15-year-old student.

Mark Richard Bevan (pictured), 21, of Auburn, was taken into custody early this morning at his home and was booked into Placer County Jail, according to a Rocklin Police Department news release.

Rocklin detectives received information Monday regarding a possible inappropriate relationship between a former walk-on assistant track coach and a female student. Based on information received from the victim, detectives determined that the sexual relationship had existed for about a month, but a "sexting" relationship allegedly had been occurring for an undertermined amount of time through the use of smartphones.


September 12, 2013
Four Sacramentans indicted in federal sex-trafficking cases

A federal grand jury today returned indictments in two cases, charging four Sacramento residents with sex trafficking.

In the first case, Percy Love III, 31, is charged with knowingly harboring, transporting, providing and maintaining a person, knowing means such as force, threats of force, fraud and coercion would be used to cause the person to engage in a commercial sex act, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

The criminal complaint states that on July 22, Sacramento police officers responded to a report of domestic violence and found Love asleep in the front seat of a car with the victim, whose sister had called in the report, sitting in the back seat. She claimed that Love had beaten her many times, and authorities said she had bruises and cigarette burns on her hand, arm and stomach. Love was arrested that night on suspicion of domestic violence and possession of Ecstasy.

September 11, 2013
Pair arrested in Davis flasher incident face federal charges

Wenyi Xu.jpgA woman accused of disrobing along a Davis greenbelt in July and the man who allegedly photographed her as she approached two youths face federal child exploitation charges.

Two federal criminal complaints were unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Sacramento charging Nicholas Robert Bowen (right photo), 62, of Grizzly Flat, and Wenyi Xu (left photo), 30, of Folsom with child exploitation offenses, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to the affidavit in support of the arrest warrant filed against both defendants, Bowen and Xu came to the attention of law enforcement authorities after they were arrested in Davis on July 10, when Xu allegedly was seen approaching two boys, ages 10 and 12, and exposing herself to them. Bowen was present and filmed Xu's encounters with the boys, authorities said. Charges relating to that incident were filed in Yolo County, and subsequent investigation uncovered information that led to the federal charges.

September 11, 2013
Man arrested for indecent exposure, burglary in Placerville break-in

Placerville police have arrested a man on suspicion of entering an apartment and undressing in the bedroom of a sleeping woman.

Tyler Mitchell, 32, was booked into El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of burglary, indecent exposure and violation of probation, according to a police press release.

When Mitchell turned himself in on Monday morning, police said they had been searching for him in connection with the incident at an apartment on Ray Lawyer Drive at about 3 a.m. the day before.

September 10, 2013
Man convicted of 1990s sex assaults to be committed to state hospital

A Sacramento County jury today determined that a man convicted of sexually assaulting two Sacramento-area women in the 1990s is a sexually violent predator and should not be released into the community.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Gerrit Wood subsequently ordered Laurence Harris committed to the custody of the California Department of State Hospitals for an indeterminate period of time in confinement and treatment, according to a District Attorney's Office news release.

In 1972 in Los Angeles County, Harris sexually assaulted and viciously attacked a woman in her apartment with an ice pick. As a result, he was convicted of residential burglary and personally inflicting great bodily injury. He served five years in a state hospital and was released in 1978.

September 3, 2013
Former Citrus Heights man draws 300-year prison term for child molestation

A man found guilty of molesting boys after luring them to his Citrus Heights home with video games has been sentenced to 300 years to life in prison.

Ryan Matthew Haley, 32, was convicted by a jury in July of 20 counts of lewd and lascivious acts against a minor younger than 14. Haley also pleaded no contest to possessing child pornography and was sentenced to an additional consecutive term of two years in prison, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. He was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny.

Between 1999 and 2005, Haley molested several neighborhood boys after luring them to his home to play video games. Three of the victims, who were approximately 6 to 8 years old when the molestation began, were continuously victimized over a period of seven years, authorities said.

At the time of his arrest in June 2011, he was living in Rancho Cordova.

August 29, 2013
Police seek identity of suspect in Greenhaven sexual assault

SPD suspect sketch1 (1).jpgSex assault suspect van veh.jpgSacramento police are asking the public's help in identifying a man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl earlier this month.

About 3:10 p.m. Aug. 14, an unknown man inappropriately touched the girl in front of her residence in the area of Florin Road and Greenhaven Drive. The man approached the victim and briefly spoke with her. During the conversation, he touched the girl on the outside of her clothing, according to a Police Department news release.

The girl was not physically injured, officials said.

August 29, 2013
Antelope man pleads to sexually assaulting children in 2009

An Antelope man arrested in August 2009 in connection with a series of sexual assaults on minors in Sacramento and Placer counties has pleaded to sex assault charges in Sacramento Superior Court.

Anthony Eugene Martin, 43, pleaded today to charges including lewd and lascivious acts by force, sex acts involving a child younger than 10 years old and false imprisonment, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

In July 2009, Martin sexually assaulted several children and a woman, none of whom were acquainted with him. Authorities said he grabbed the victims from behind.

August 27, 2013
Parolee accused of possessing lewd photos of teen

Odom, Robby.pngAuburn police have arrested a 52-year-old parolee accused of possessing lewd photos of a teenage girl.

Officers contacted Robby Dean Odom (pictured), who is homeless, in the area of East Placer Street, at High Street, about 7 p.m. Monday. After a brief conversation, they determined that Odom was on active parole.

In searching Odom's personal property, officers discovered lewd photographs of a female who appeared to be younger than 18 years old, according to a police department news release.

August 20, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to fire captain accused of child pornography?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What was the outcome from Sac Metro Fire Capt. Steve Campbell's arrest for child pornography in December 2008?
Submitted by: SilverFox47, Sacramento

ANSWER: Steven Craig Campbell, a captain with the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, was arrested by Citrus Heights police in December 2008, accused of possessing and exchanging images of children in sexual situations.

August 20, 2013
Alleged raccoon skinning leads to arrest of sex offender

Kevin Burroughs pic.JPGA man identified by police as a registered sex offender and parolee at large is in jail after he allegedly was found skinning a raccoon in South Lake Tahoe.

Two officers responded about 2 p.m. Monday to Modesto and Harrison avenues regarding a report of a man using a large knife to skin an animal in an open lot between the Snow Flake Drive-in and the Tahoe Daily Tribune building. When officers arrived, they found a man with bloody hands and an almost completely skinned raccoon, according to a South Lake Tahoe Police Department news release.

As officers began talking to the man, he ran from them, heading west on Harrison Avenue, and the two officers gave chase.

August 15, 2013
Dixon man arrested in sex assault at apartment complex

Dixon police have arrested a man in connection with a sexual assault that occurred Wednesday evening outside an apartment complex.

Officers were called to 252 West H St. about 7 p.m. and found that a 20-year-old woman had been sexually assaulted in what police spokesman Lt. Nathan Steele said appeared to be a random attack.

During their investigation, officers identified the suspect as Jimmy Lavalle Jr., 38, of Dixon. He was arrested and booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, sodomy, terrorist threats and providing false identification to a police officer.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Dixon Police Department Investigations Division at (707) 678-7070.

August 14, 2013
Yolo bus driver convicted of sex crimes against mentally disabled client

A bus driver for Yolo Employment Services has been convicted of sex crimes against a mentally disabled woman.

A Yolo County jury on Aug. 8 convicted 74-year-old Thomas Vukodinovich of numerous sex crimes, including one count of rape and one count of attempted rape. The adult victim was legally unable to give consent to the sexual acts due to her mental disability, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

Vukodinovich had been employed by Yolo Employment Services as a bus driver since 2005. His primary responsibility was to provide transportation to mentally disabled clients, including the victim, who is moderately mentally disabled, officials said.

August 9, 2013
Former fugitive sentenced in 12-year-old sex crime case

A man was sentenced today in El Dorado County Superior Court to 138 years to life in prison for acts of sexual misconduct committed more than a decade ago.

An El Dorado County jury in July convicted Patrick Senatore, 45, of 10 felony counts of sexual misconduct.

In October 2001, two children reported incidents of sexual misconduct and forcible rape to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department. In May 2002, while the investigation was under way, Senatore fled the state, according to a District Attorney's Office news release. In March 2010, the District Attorney's Office initiated a fugitive apprehension investigation.

August 7, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Any update on convicted sex offender accused of receiving child porn?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: I'm wondering if there is any follow-up information on the outcome of the trial for the case of Travis Marshall Grey, who was charged with receiving child pornography?
Submitted by: missjenny, Sacramento

ANSWER: Travis Marshall Grey, 29, is in Sacramento County Jail awaiting trial in federal court.

August 5, 2013
South Lake Tahoe Police say Nevada sex offender allowed to seek work in California

Goetz2.jpgThe South Lake Tahoe Police Department has revised a warning it issued last month regarding terms of parole for registered sex offender from Nevada.

Contrary to a information in a July 26 Police Department news release, Wesley Goetz (pictured), 55, is permitted to travel into California to work and seek employment in the Lake Tahoe area, officials said.

Goetz must adhere to several special conditions, including staying away from areas or businesses that children frequent and not accessing the Internet without permission. However, police officials said, Goetz's attempts to obtain a business license through the city of South Lake Tahoe do not amount to a parole violation or other criminal violation.

August 2, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to police officer accused of sexually assaulting woman?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What happened to former Sac PD Officer Gary Baker arrested on sexual assault charges?
Submitted by:Roy Jones, Elk Grove

ANSWER: Gary Dale Baker is charged with sexually assaulting a woman in her late 70s who suffers from a serious speech impairment caused by a stroke.

August 2, 2013
'You traumatized me,' girl says, as priest apologizes for molestation

Uriel Ojeda.jpeg

Severely admonished by the girl he molested and the parents who turned him in, Rev. Uriel Ojeda apologized to them at his sentencing today.

He also said he was sorry to officials in the Catholic Church, all priests and to the supporters who backed him from the day of his arrest, saying, "My actions were of a weak and sinful man."

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene L. Balonon then sentenced Ojeda, 33, to eight years in state prison, on the priest's no-contest plea deal entered last month to charges that he molested the girl who was 13 when he was a priest at Holy Rosary Parish in Woodland.

July 26, 2013
Man sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting teen

A man convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl has been sentenced to 42 years in state prison.

A Sacramento County jury found Sylvester Isaac, 42, guilty of rape of a minor and personally inflicting great bodily injury on the victim. The jury also found true that Isaac had served seven prior prison terms and had been previously convicted of attempted voluntary manslaughter, a strike offense, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

The case involved two incidents of forcible rape committed by Isaac between February and June of 2011.

July 26, 2013
South Lake Tahoe police warn of Nevada sex offender accused of violating parole

Goetz 1.jpgGoetz 2.jpgGoetz 3.jpgSouth Lake Tahoe police are advising the public to be aware of a convicted sex offender from Incline Village who is not permitted to be in California, but who has allegedly been frequenting South Lake Tahoe in violation his terms of parole in Nevada.

Wesley Goetz (pictured), 55, was convicted in 1998 of felony lewdness with a child younger than 14 and is on lifetime supervision for the crime, according to a Police Department news release. He must adhere to several special conditions, including staying away from areas and businesses that children frequent, and not accessing the Internet without permission.

This month, according to police, Goetz has attempted to falsely obtain a business license from the city of South Lake Tahoe to become a photographer of children, a handyman and a traveling salesman. Police say he also has attempted to conduct an Internet-based business. The city has refused his requests for a business license.

July 26, 2013
Police accuse off-duty CHP officer of sexual misconduct in Arden Fair bathroom

A California Highway Patrol officer is in custody today, accused of inappropriately touching a young man in an Arden Fair Mall bathroom while off-duty earlier this summer, according to Sacramento police.

CLOSSON, JEFFERY-47.jpgOfficers booked Jeffery Closson, 47, into the Sacramento County Main Jail this afternoon on suspicion of sexual battery and disorderly conduct, according to jail booking records. By late afternoon, he had been released on $5,000 bail.

According to Sacramento police, a 22-year-old disabled man reported being inappropriately touched by a man in an Arden Fair Mall bathroom on June 20. Officers reviewed surveillance footage, developed leads in the case and eventually identified Closson as a possible suspect, said police spokesman Officer Doug Morse.

July 24, 2013
Former Citrus Heights man convicted of molesting children

A man accused of molesting boys after luring them to his Citrus Heights home with video games was convicted today by a Sacramento County jury.

Ryan Matthew Haley, 32, was found guilty of 19 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 as well as one count of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 with force. On July 15, Haley pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in the case, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Between 1999 and 2005, Haley molested several neighborhood boys after luring them to his Citrus Heights home. Three of the victims, who were approximately 6 to 8 years old when the molestation began, were continuously victimized over a period of seven years, authorities said.

July 23, 2013
Man convicted of sexually assaulting disabled teenager

A Sacramento County jury has convicted a 28-year-old man of sexually assaulting a teenage girl who has severe mental and physical handicaps.

Carlos Mesinas on Monday was found guilty of forcible sexual intercourse, rape of a disabled female and commission of a lewd and lascivious act upon a 14-year-old child, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The jury also found true the allegation that the victim was 14 years old at the time of the sexual assault.

On June 14, 2012, Mesinas forcibly raped the girl. The victim has cerebral palsy, has severe mental and physical handicaps, and does not move or speak, officials said. Mesinas made a video recording of a portion of the rape using the camera on his cell phone.

July 22, 2013
Davis man accused of videotaping under girls' clothing

Tyler Dean Luke.jpgA 32-year-old Davis man was arrested Sunday after he was accused of videotaping young girls under their clothing as they walked through a local store.

Davis police were called to the Target store at 4601 Second St. about 1:45 p.m. regarding a man who was possibly videotaping young girls. When officers arrived, they attempted to contact the man, who was later identified at Tyler Dean Luke (pictured). When Luke spotted the officers, he tried to run away but was quickly caught, according to a Police Department news release.

Police said Luke resisted officers' efforts to take him into custody and struggled with them, but officers were able to subdue him.

July 19, 2013
Citizens in South Lake Tahoe arrest man who reportedly exposed himself

South Lake Tahoe police arrested a man at a concert on Thursday night for indecent exposure.

Ajit Madiah.JPGAjit Madiah (pictured), 33, of Mountain View was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor indecent exposure after allegedly threatening a man and dropping his pants in view of adults and children.

A school teacher visiting the lake from Merced told police he was taking pictures of the water, the setting sun and a concert at Lakeview Commons when Madiah confronted him about taking photographs of the sunset.

Madiah was aggressive and profane toward the tourist, who was there with his wife and children.

The man walked away, but Madiah confronted him again in an aggressive manner, according to a police press release. Eventually, Madiah allegedly dropped his pants, exposing his genitals to the public, which consisted of about a dozen adults and children, police said.

Witnesses corroborated the man's account and offered to make a private persons arrest. Officers accepted their citizen's arrest and booked Madiah.

Police said that Madiah also allegedly tried to pick fights at a Lakeview Commons concert last week. He was told to leave by officers at that time.

July 12, 2013
Former Pocket-area teacher serving jail time after sexual misconduct

A former Pocket-area teacher is serving a year-long sentence in county jail after he pleaded no contest to molesting a female student.

Sacramento police arrested Michael Di Gino, now 38, in September after the student came forward with the allegations of sexual misconduct. Until school leaders fired him as a result of the allegations, Di Gino had been a language arts teacher at the fourth-through-eighth-grade Merryhill School on Park City Drive.

Prosecutors charged Di Gino with eight felony counts, but six were dismissed in a Feb. 1 hearing. At that hearing, Di Gino pleaded no contest to the remaining two felony charges: lewd acts with a child and oral copulation with a minor, according to Sacramento Superior Court records available online.

Di Gino was sentenced to a year in jail and five years of formal, searchable probation. He is being housed at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center.

Merryhill is a nonsectarian chain of private schools. Di Gino had taught at the Pocket-area campus for 14 years before he was fired. The molestation occurred on campus, police said at the time of the arrest.

July 12, 2013
Doctor sentenced to year in jail on patient sex abuse conviction

ANDERSON.jpegDr. Scott Dodd Anderson was sentenced today to a year in county jail and five years' probation for his convictions on six counts of sexually abusing his patients at a workers' compensation clinic on Folsom Boulevard.

Anderson, 64, who was fired from U.S. HealthWorks four years ago as a result of the investigation into the charges, also will be required to register as a sex offender when he gets out of jail.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene L. Balonon imposed the term on Anderson after the convictions that were returned May 23 in Anderson's retrial. Jurors in the second trial found him guilty on three felony counts of engaging in sexual contact with two patients and three counts of misdemeanor sexual battery on the same two women.

July 11, 2013
Sacramento woman indicted in federal sex trafficking case

A 23-year-old Sacramento woman has been charged by a federal grand jury in a case involving sex trafficking and child pornography.

The grand jury returned an eight-count superseding indictment charging Shanntaye Ebony Hicks with three counts of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of sex trafficking by force, as well as two counts of transportation of a minor, one count of production of child pornography and one count of obstruction of justice, according to a federal Department of Justice new release.

Th indictment alleges that between March 3 and May 9, Hicks recruited, enticed, harbored, transported, provided and maintained three girls, all minors, knowing that force, threats of force, fraud and coercion would be used to cause the girls to engage in a commercial sex act. The indictment also alleges that Hicks made a sexually explicit video with one of the victims, and took the victim to Reno and Las Vegas with intent that the girl would engage in prostitution.

July 11, 2013
Two accused of lewd photography in Davis greenbelt

mugslewd.jpgA man was arrested for allegedly photographing a woman who disrobed herself to passing bike riders along a Davis greenbelt. The female flasher was also arrested.

The man, Nicholas Bowen, 61, (pictured right) of Grizzly Flats, El Dorado County, was seen either taking video or photographs of Wenyi Xu, 30, (pictured left) of Folsom, about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to Davis police.

Police said that a worker in the municipal greenbelt near the Covell bike overcrossing on the north side of Community Park saw a woman exposing herself to two passing juveniles on bikes.

While the woman disrobed in front of the young people, a man recorded it with a camera. One of the youths was so taken aback by the sight of the nude woman that he fell off his bike.

Police responded and arrested Xu on suspicion of indecent exposure, annoying a child and engaging in lewd acts in public. Bowen was arrested on suspicion of assisting in indecent exposure, annoying a child and lewd acts in public.

PHOTO CAPTION: FOX40 VIDEO IMAGE/Nicholas Bowen, 61, and Wenyi Xu, 30

July 5, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to Roseville teacher accused of molesting student?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: About four years ago, a teacher at Buljan Middle School in Roseville was charged with sexually molesting a boy who was one of his students. What became of the case?
Submitted by: Curious Reader, South Natomas

ANSWER: James Albert Hirleman, a seventh-grade teacher at George Buljan Middle School in Roseville, was arrested by Rocklin police in September 2008, accused of molesting a minor.

July 5, 2013
Ojeda pleads no contest in molestation case

20130705_HA_OJEDA0545B.jpgBy Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

The Rev. Uriel Ojeda will be facing a prison term of eight years in state prison when he is sentenced Aug. 2 after admitting today that he molested a 13-year-old girl in the bedroom of her parents home in the middle of the night.

"No contest," Ojeda said, when asked how he would be pleading to the single count of child molestation, after Deputy District Attorney Allison Dunham read the factual basis for the charge against him.

Dunham told the court that sometime between June 29, 2007, and June 30, 2009, in Sacramento County, Ojeda "entered the victim's bedroom at night when everyone in the household was asleep."

July 5, 2013
Man booked for indecent exposure in Woodland

A Davis man has been arrested after allegedly exposing himself to a 12-year-old girl in Woodland.

Woodland police said they arrested Quang Huy Vo, 22, of Davis, and booked him into Yolo County Jail. Officers are investigating whether Vo might be a suspect in other recent indecent exposure cases.

Police said that about 5:15 p.m. Thursday they were dispatched to the 800 block of California Street. The 12 year old told officers that a man got her attention and then exposed himself as she walked by his gold-colored vehicle.

She and her friend were able to get the license plate number of the vehicle. The officer eventually reached Vo by telephone after tracing the plate.

Vo agreed to meet the officer in Woodland, according to a police press release. After police interviews, Vo was booked.

July 1, 2013
Woodland police seek man accused of exposing himself

Woodland police are looking for a man who reportedly exposed himself to a 12-year-old girl this afternoon.

Officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Elwood Street about 3 p.m. The girl told police she was riding her bicycle in the street when the man drove up to her in a gold sedan. The man asked the girl for directions and the girl realized that he was exposing himself to her, according to a Police Department news release. She left and went into her home, where she called police.

The man was described as Asian, about 20 to 30 years old, wearing a blue medical mask, eye glasses and a black tank top.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Woodland Police Department at (530) 661-7800.

June 25, 2013
Carmichael man sentenced to prison for distributing child porn

A Carmichael man was sentenced today to 11 years and three months in prison for distributing child pornography.

Ray Laurence Howes, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John A. Mendez and will be subject to 20 years of supervised release following his time in prison, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. He also will be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex offender Registration and Notification Act.

According to court documents, in September 2012, the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a tip that Howes had uploaded child pornography to his cloud storage service. A search warrant was obtained, and multiple images of child pornography were found.

June 14, 2013
Four booked for pimping women in Sacramento, San Mateo

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Four people have been arrested on suspicion of pimping young women at homes in Sacramento and San Mateo counties, the Department of Justice announced today.

Department of Justice agents arrested three people in Sacramento and one in San Mateo, accusing them of operating brothels and pimping women. Those arrested were Xiu Juan Bai, 43, Ken Wong, 58, and Yoon Chin, 55, all of Sacramento County and Zhi Liu of San Mateo County.

The arrests came after a five-month investigation of a suspected prostitution ring that brought women from Boston and New York to Northern California. Once in the California, the women were rotated between brothels on an organized schedule, according to a press release from the state Attorney General's office.

The arrests were made Thursday night by DOJ agents with the assistance of the Sacramento Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

PHOTO CAPTION: Clockwise from top left: Ken Wong, Xiu Bai and Yoo Chin.

June 6, 2013
Sacramento police seek suspect in indecent exposure cases

SPD Exposure suspect bike.pngSacramento police seek the public's help in identifying a suspect in an indecent exposure incident reported Tuesday in the Greenhaven area.

Police said the individual may have been involved in several other such incidents dating back to October 2011.

The most recent case was reported about 8:17 a.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of Northlite Circle. A woman called police saying that a man approached her and tried to engage her in conversation while she stood in her front yard. She said man, who was not wearing any pants, exposed himself and then inappropriately touched himself.

June 6, 2013
Man sentenced for Alkali Flat home invasion sexual assault

suggs.jpgA 29-year-old man has been sentenced to 145 years to life in prison for a home invasion sexual assault committed in January 2012 in Sacramento's Akali Flat neighborhood.

A jury on May 9 convicted Aaron Suggs (pictured) of multiple one-strike sex crimes, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. He was sentenced today by Sacramento Superior Court Judge David W. Abbott.

The victim in the 2012 assault told police at the time that she had gotten out of the shower and found that the back door of her home was open. When she went to close the door, a man grabbed her, then sexually assaulted her and ransacked her home before leaving with several of her possessions.

Suggs was arrested later that day. Police said he had recently been released from prison of the Post Release Community Supervision Program and his supervision assigned to Sacramento County Probation because he was considered not to have committed a serious of violent offense. He never reported to the program, according to the District Attorney's Office.

June 6, 2013
Two Davis teens taken into custody for alleged rape

Two teenage boys were taken into custody by Davis police Wednesday on suspicion of raping an 11-year-old girl, authorities said.

The boys, ages 13 and 14, were taken to Yolo County Juvenile Hall. The three minors lived together at FamiliesFirst, a group home on the 2100 block of 5th Street in Davis.

Police said the sexual assault did not occur on the property of Families First, though other youth from the home were reportedly present during the alleged rape. The youths were not supervised by FamiliesFirst staff during the incident.

May 31, 2013
Woman draws 192-year prison sentence for child molestation

A woman with a record of child molestation has been sentenced to 192 years in prison.

A Sacramento County jury last month convicted Rosemary Eusted, 40, of 17 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with force against a child under the age of 14. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny today sentenced her to 72 years plus 120 years to life in prison.

Eusted began continuously molesting two girls in November 1997 at her Rio Linda home, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The victims were 6 and 7 years old at the time. They did not report the sexual abuse for several years out of fear of retaliation and further physical abuse, authorities said.

In May 2005, Eusted was convicted of two counts of child molestation in Placer County in a case involving different victims whose ages ranged from 5 to 10 years old. These victims testified in the Sacramento County case.

May 31, 2013
Fomer Dixon youth basketball coach accused of sex with teen

Troy Anthony Hensley.jpgA former youth basketball coach in Dixon has been arrested by Davis police after being accused of an illegal sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

Troy Anthony Hensley (pictured),37, was taken into custody without incident in Davis on Thursday and is being held at the Monroe Detention Center in Woodland on suspicion of engaging in an illegal sexual relationship with a juvenile, making criminal threats and intimidating a witness, according to a Davis Police Department news release.

Davis police said they were notified May 22 by the Dixon Police Department that Dixon officers had initiated an investigation of an alleged relationship between Hensley and a 17-year-old Dixon girl. The two reportedly engaged in the sexual relationship in Davis for three-and-a-half months in 2012.

May 29, 2013
Rancho Cordova man sentenced to prison for child exploitation

A Rancho Cordova man was sentenced today to 12 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor.

Brandon Marks, 25, was sentenced in federal court in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller. He will be subject to 40 years of supervised release following his time in prison for enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity, and for receiving and sharing child pornography, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. He also will be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

According to court documents, on May 29, 2012, an undercover detective responded to a Craigslist advertisement that Marks had posted in which he sought to acquire children's underwear. After a week of online and cell phone communications, during which Marks sent several images and one video of child pornography, Marks agreed to meet the undercover detective at a Sacramento hotel to have sex with what he thought to be a 12-year-old girl. He was arrested when he arrived at the hotel.

May 28, 2013
UPDATE: Suspect identified in American River Parkway attempted sexual assault

BEARSHIELD,+DAKOTA-19.jpgA man suspected of attempted sexual assault on a woman along the American River Parkway this morning has been identified as 19-year-old Dakota Cheyenne Bearshield (pictured).

Police said the 9:45 a.m. Tuesday attempted sexual assault took place near the bike trail at H Street. The woman told citizens in the area about the incident and police were summoned.

Police set up a perimeter and sent out a "reverse 911" to area residents, telephoning neighbors about the suspect in hope that the community could help find the attacker.

May 24, 2013
Three men sentenced for roles in human trafficking ring

Three men have been sentenced for involvement in a human trafficking ring in which women from Mexico were used as prostitutes in five Northern California cities, including Sacramento, Yuba City and Chico.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced that Nery Najarro-Rodriguez, 42, Jorge Perez-Hernandez, 37, and Luis Mata, 30, pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit pimping and pandering as part of a multi-county investigation. Each was sentenced today in Sacramento Superior Court to three years in county jail.

The charges stemmed from an FBI investigation into a human trafficking network that spanned several Northern California counties. Young women, ages 21 to 30, were brought from Mexico and sold for sex to as many as 20 clients in a single day, according to an Attorney General's Office news release. The sex acts occurred in brothels in Chico, Stockton, Yuba City, Fairfield and Sacramento, officials said.

May 24, 2013
Suspect in Woodland kidnap attempt indicted in child porn case

A man arrested in the attempted kidnapping of a woman in Woodland last November was indicted this week for trading in child pornography.

A federal grand jury in Sacramento on Thursday returned a four-count indictment charging Kyle Michael Hall, 24, of Woodland with receipt and distribution of child pornography, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to the indictment, between May 10 and Oct. 30, 2012, Hall distributed and/or received child pornography through the Internet.

May 24, 2013
Grand jury indicts Sacramento woman for pimping minor

A 23-year-old Sacramento woman has been accused of pimping a minor.

A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment Thursday charging Shanntaye Ebony Hicks with one count of sex trafficking of a minor and two counts of transportation of a minor, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Between March 3 and March 23, Hicks allegedly maintained a female victim by means of force, threats of force, fraud and coercion, to engage in a commercial sex act, according to the indictment. It also is alleged that on two occasions in March, Hicks transported the girl to Reno and Las Vegas with the intent that the girl engage in prostitution.

May 21, 2013
Lodi police arrest man on suspicion of knifepoint rape of minor

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Lodi police said they have arrested a man for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl at knifepoint in a hotel.

John Ganoe, 44, pictured, who police said is a registered sex offender, was arrested on suspicion of lewd acts with a minor, rape and other sex crimes. His bail was set at $450,000.

Police said they apprehended Ganoe in Stockton after an arrest warrant was issued last week. A police press release said that Ganoe lured the teen to a hotel room in the 800 block of South Cherokee Lane on Wednesday. Once inside the room, Ganoe held her at knifepoint and sexually assaulted her overnight, police said.

She was eventually released. Lodi police said they spent about 100 hours actively investigating and searching for Ganoe until he was arrested Monday afternoon.

May 17, 2013
Police say serial flasher active in S. Sacramento

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A male sexually touched and exposed himself to a teenage girl walking on a city street this week, Sacramento police said.

Police released a sketch of the suspect, who may be the same person sought in a string of indecent exposure incidents in South Sacramento.

In the latest incident, a 17-year-old girl was walking near Florin Road and 17th Street in Meadowview about 7 a.m. Wednesday when a man rode up on a white BMX-style bicycle with pink handlebars. He attempted to speak with the girl, but she showed disregard for him and went on her way, police said.

May 16, 2013
Elk Grove man charged with producing child-porn videos

Michael+Paul+Gibson.jpgA federal grand jury today returned an indictment charging an Elk Grove man with two counts of production and attempted production of child pornography.

Michael Gibson, 37, is accused of using minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to a sworn complaint filed May 3, in March, a computer at Gibson's residence was observed offering files of child pornography through an online file-sharing network. On May 1, law enforcement agents searched Gibson's house and found a hard drive that contained videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Also located were hidden-camera videos taken by Gibson in bathrooms in his house.

May 10, 2013
Woodland man gets life sentence for sex assault on 2-year-old

A Woodland man has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for molesting a 2-year-old boy.

Yolo Superior Court Judge Stephen Mock also sentenced John "Tim" Ganthner, 46, to an additional 11 years and 8 months for physical injuries inflicted on the child in connection with the sexual assault, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

On the morning of Aug. 23, 2011, Ganthner was left alone to watch the child while his grandmother performed volunteer work with a local charity. When the grandmother returned home about 12:30 p.m., she noticed that the child had severe injuries to his private areas and chest. A medical exam determined that the child had been beaten and sexually assaulted, officials said.

May 9, 2013
Brother, sister accused in murder-for-hire plot

Manuel+perez+mugshot.jpgNatalia+Perez+mugshot.jpgChristine+Engkabo+photo.jpgA brother and sister are in Sacramento County Jail, accused in a plot to have a woman killed.

Manuel Perez (top left photo), 47, and his sister, Natalia Perez (top right photo), 45, were arrested earlier this week on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder and criminal conspiracy, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department news release.

Manuel Perez has been in custody since December on charges related to committing lewd acts with two minor females. He is alleged to have victimized one of the females on several occasions in 1996, and the other child during 2010.

May 9, 2013
Vacaville high teacher booked on lewd acts with minor

A Vacaville High School teacher has turned himself in to police and has been booked on suspicion of lewd acts with a minor.

Rodney Orosco, a 47-year-old English teacher at the high school, turned himself into authorities on Wednesday.

The arrest of Orosco began with the report of a strange sighting. Police received a report that a grandparent of the girl saw Orosco carrying her across the stage of the high school's theater.

Family members spoke with the girl who related details of her relationship with Orosco. According to a Vacaville police press release, the girl said that Orosco allegedly kissed her on three separate occasions.

Text messages retrieved from the victim's cell phone supported the allegation against Orosco, police said. Detectives have also conducted extensive interviews, leading to an arrest warrant.

May 3, 2013
Elk Grove man accused of producing child pornography

Michael+Paul+Gibson.jpgA 37-year-old Elk Grove man was arrested today on suspicion of producing child pornography.

In March, a computer at the home of defendant Michael Gibson (pictured) was observed offering files of child pornography through an online file-sharing network, according to a criminal complaint filed today.

On Wednesday, agents with the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force searched Gibson's house, where they located a hard drive that contained videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to federal Department of Justice news release. Also located during the search were hidden-camera videos allegedly taken by Gibson in bathrooms at his house, authorities said. The hidden-camera videos showed children using the toilet and shower in those bathrooms.

May 3, 2013
Sacramento police seek suspect seen exposing himself to women

Sacramento police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who exposed himself to female walkers and joggers on at least seven occasions.

In each of the incidents, the man approached the victims, who were walking or jogging alone near parks or on city streets, and made small talk before exposing himself or making vulgar comments, according to Sacramento police.

The suspect then ran away or pedaled away on a bicycle. The victims were not injured in any of the incidents, police said.

The man has been described by police as a light-skinned Hispanic or Asian man, 18 to 20 years old. He is 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, weighs 180 to 200 pounds and has short dark hair and thick eyebrows. Twice he was seen carrying a backpack.

April 26, 2013
Youth baseball team manager accused of child molestation

Kirk,+Daniel-42.jpgThe manager a youth baseball team in Sacramento has been arrested on suspicion of multiple counts of lewd acts and molesting a child.

Sacramento police announced that Daniel Kirk (pictured), 42, was taken into custody today after a warrant was issued by the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.

A teenage victim reported that Kirk had sexually assaulted him multiple times over the past four years, according to a Police Department news release. At least one of the alleged assaults is believed to have occurred in Sacramento and other incidents may have occurred while the victim and suspect were together in another jurisdiction, police said.

April 26, 2013
Flashing, sexual assault in Pocket-Greenhaven might be same man

Sacramento police are investigating whether the same man exposed himself on the street and later sexually assaulted a woman on Thursday in the Pocket-Greenhaven area.

In the first incident, a man was seen exposing himself around Royal Garden Avenue and Havenside Drive at about 6:45 a.m. Police searched the area but no suspect was found.

A police activity log said that crime scene investigators were called in and detectives were notified to follow up on the case.

Then, about 8:45 p.m., a pedestrian along a waterway near the 7300 block of Gloria Drive was approached from behind by a man. The man reached around and briefly touched her.

The heavyset man in his 20s ran away. A search aided by a police helicopter failed to find the perpetrator.

Police believe the incidents could be related.

April 19, 2013
Sacramento jury finds man guilty of sexual assault charges

A Sacramento County jury on Thursday convicted 31-year-old Rico Lyntice Riley of multiple sexual assault charges, including rape and tying up the female victim.

The woman was assaulted by Riley and one of her friends after she refused Riley's sexual advances, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The friend eventually left the woman's apartment, but Riley stayed and continued to sexually assault her.

The woman and her son found Riley four days later, and her son was able to detain him until law enforcement officers arrived.

Riley is to be sentenced May 10.

April 15, 2013
Dixon man booked on suspicion of lewd acts on boys, girls

A Dixon man has been arrested on suspicion of molesting boys and girls.

Corey Wilkins, 34, was arrested on numerous counts of suspicion of lewd acts on a child, according to a Dixon police press release. The police say the alleged criminal activity occurred over an 11-year period in Dixon and Vacaville.

"We do have multiple victims, ranging in age from nine to 17 - both male and female," said Dixon Police Chief Jon Cox.

April 12, 2013
Woman receives second conviction for child molestation

A woman previously convicted of child molestation in Placer County has been convicted by a Sacramento County jury of 17 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with force against a child younger than 14 years old.

Rosemary Eusted, 40, began continuously molesting two female family members in November 1997 at her Rio Linda home, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The victims, who were 6 and 7 years old at the time, did not report the abuse for several years because they feared retaliation and further physical abuse, authorities said.

In May 2005, Eusted was convicted of two counts of child molestation in Placer County. In that case, the victims included her ex-boyfriend's daughters, who ranged in age from 5 to 10 years old. These victims traveled from Red Bluff, Marysville and Twin Falls, Idaho to testify in the Sacramento County case, according to the DA's office.

Eusted is to be sentenced May 10 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny.

April 12, 2013
Sacramento deputies seek to ID suspect in American River Parkway assault

Sacramento County sheriff's detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying the man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman on the American River Parkway last month.

SCSO 220 Sketch.jpgA woman was running along a horse trail on the parkway between Watt and Howe avenues about 11 a.m. on March 26 when a man allegedly grabbed her from behind and forced her to the ground, said Sgt. Jason Ramos.

The man attempted to further assault the victim, but he rode away on a mountain bike when she screamed, Ramos said.

The man was described as white, in his late 20s to early 30s, with a blonde scruffy beard and a moustache. He is between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall and has a slender build, according to the Sheriff's Department. At the time of the alleged assault, he wore a red baseball camp, sunglasses, long-sleeved olive-green T shirt and black and gray pants. He rode a black mountain bike with white detailing.

Anyone with information about the suspect's identity is asked to call sheriff's sex assault detectives at (916) 874-5070 or the sheriff's tipline at (916) 874-TIPS. Tips also can be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com or texted to 274637 with the word "SSD."

April 10, 2013
Man who sought minors for sex via Craigslist draws 10-year prison sentence

A 35-year-old Sacramento man was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for using the Internet in an attempt to entice a minor to engage in sexual acts.

Eric G. Lowe also will be subject to 10 years of supervised release following his time in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

On April 14, 2012, Lowe posted a Craigslist advertisement seeking someone with whom to "have a Daddy/Daughter incest relationship," according to court documents. An undercover detective from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department responded to the ad through email, posing as a 13-year-old girl.

April 10, 2013
Man arrested in November sexual assault in Antelope

Demarea+Brown+mugshot.jpgA 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault on a woman on the campus of an Antelope-area school last November.

Demarea Brown (pictured) was taken into custody today at his Sacramento County residence and was booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of felony offenses related to the assault, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

About 8:30 p.m. Nov. 25, a 19-year-old woman was walking around Olive Grove Elementary School in the 7900 block of Firestone Way when she was approached by a man who engaged her in a brief conversation. The two then went their separate ways, but moments later, while the woman was still on the campus, the man approached her again, grabbed her and sexually assaulted her before leaving on foot.

April 10, 2013
Trial for ex-West Sacramento police officer scheduled for September

By Darrell Smith
dvsmith@sacbee.com

Former West Sacramento police officer Sergio Alvarez, accused of sexually assaulting women while on duty, will face trial in September.

The three-week trial is set for Sept. 23 in Yolo Superior Court in Woodland, according to court records.

Alvarez, 37, faces 35 counts including rape, sodomy and kidnapping in the alleged attacks on six women while on duty between October 2011 and September 2012.

The allegations came to light following a five-month investigation and a February grand jury indictment that led to the former officer's arrest and his removal from the force.

Alvarez remains held in lieu of $26.3 million bail at Yolo County Jail.

April 3, 2013
Teenager arrested in February sexual assault

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault on a woman in February.

About 6:15 p.m. Feb. 6, the youth allegedly entered an apartment in the 4900 block of El Paraiso Avenue on south Sacramento County, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department news release. The resident, a woman in her 60s, tried to escape but was overpowered by the youth, who is accused of sexually assaulting her. The teenager allegedly stole money and other items from the woman before fleeing.

Sheriff's officials said the youth, who has not been named because he is a juvenile, was taken into custody at a residence Tuesday. He was booked on suspicion of robbery, burglary, forcible rape, elder abuse and injury to a telephone line.

April 3, 2013
Convicted sex offender indicted for receiving child pornography

A Citrus Heights man previously convicted of sex offenses was arraigned today in federal court in Sacramento on charges of receiving child pornography and failing to register as a sex offender.

Travis Marshall Grey, 29, entered a not guilty plea in proceedings before Magistrate Judge Dale A. Drozd, according to federal court online records.

Between Jan. 25 and Jan. 29, Grey allegedly received images of child pornography through the Internet. In addition, in December 2012 and January 2013, while living in Citrus Heights, Grey failed to register as a sex offender, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

April 1, 2013
Man accused of sexual assault arrested after standoff

Rondell+Shavell+Baptiste,+32 (1).jpgA man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl is in jail following a Sunday afternoon standoff with police at a Pocket-area apartment.

Rondell Shavell Baptiste (pictured), 32, is being held in Sacramento County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail.

After taking a report from the 12-year-old, investigators traced the suspect, Baptiste, to an apartment in the 7600 block of Windbridge Drive about 3:30 p.m. Baptiste initially refused to come out of the apartment, and SWAT and hostage negotiation teams were summoned, according to a Sacramento Police Department news release.

Baptiste finally surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident.

Police said the girl reported being the victim of sexual assaults that occurred over the past several months. The case is under investigation.

April 1, 2013
Reward offered for arrest of man who attacked woman on American River Parkway

A reward is being offered for the arrest of a man who sexually assaulted a jogger on a well-traveled portion of the American River Parkway last week.

The woman was knocked to the ground by a man who tried to put his hand under her clothing during the attack that occurred about 11 a.m. Tuesday along the American River between Howe and Watt avenues.

Supervising Park Ranger John Havicon said the young woman was jogging on the horse trail between the river and the paved bicycle path. At one point, she passed a picnic table where the man was sitting next to a bike.

March 29, 2013
Woodland man convicted of molesting, beating 2-year-old

A Woodland man has been found guilty of sexually molesting a 2-year-old boy.

After 10 hours of deliberation over two days, a Yolo County jury on Thursday convicted John "Tim" Ganthner, 46, of two felony counts of sexual assault of a child younger than 10 years old, four felony counts of physical abuse of a child and three additional enhancements for inflicting great bodily injury on a child younger than 5, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

In the morning of Aug. 23, 2011, Ganthner was left alone to watch the child while the youngster's grandmother performed volunteer work for a local charity, authorities said. When the grandmother returned about 12:30 p.m., she noticed that the child had severe injuries to his private areas and chest.

March 28, 2013
Man sentenced in sex-trafficking case involving south Sacramento teen

An Oakland man has been sentenced to seven years in prison in a case involving the sex trafficking of a 14-year-old south Sacramento girl.

Jamir Imari Tatum, 20, was sentenced today in federal court in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge Morrison C.England Jr. Tatum will be subject to 10 years of supervised release following his prison term and will be required to register as a sex offender, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, in January 2012, Tatum met the 14-year-old victim outside her house. He took her to a motel in Sacramento and took several photographs of her engaged in sexuality explicit conduct. On Feb. 21, 2012, law enforcement agents were notified that the victim had run away with Tatum.

March 26, 2013
Investigation leads to man's arrest in child porn case

Danny+Smith+mugshot.jpgSacramento County sheriff's detectives have arrested a 50-year-old man on suspicion of distributing child pornography.

Danny R. Smith (pictured) was booked into Sacramento County Jail this afternoon and is being held on $50,000 bail.

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received information that Smith was trading files of child pornography via the Internet, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. A federal search warrant was served at Smith's residence in the 2000 block of Bluebird Lane in the Arden Arcade area. Detectives discovered, however, that Smith had recently moved and tracked him to Citrus Heights, where he was taken into custody.

March 22, 2013
Auburn man arrested after yearlong investigation of alleged sex offenses

An Auburn man was arrested today, accused of offenses involving sexual assault and child pornography.

Auburn police said Thomas Mitchell Hale, 53, was taken into custody following a yearlong investigation. He was arrested on suspicion of extortion by force or fear, sexual assault, sexual battery and sending child pornography. Several victims came forward during the course of the investigation, according to a Police Department news release.

After police obtained an arrest warrant, Hale turned himself in at the Auburn Police Department. He is being held in Placer County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail.

March 15, 2013
Man sentenced to 90 years to life for 2011 sexual assaults

A man convicted of sexually assaulting three women in the south Sacramento area in 2011 has been sentenced to 90 years to life in prison.

Ladell Lamont Sanders, 42, was convicted last month by a Sacramento County jury of six charges, including rape and forcible oral copulation, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. Sanders was sentenced today by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene Balonon.

The three women were assaulted in separate incidents, which occurred Nov. 15, Dec. 10 and Dec. 13, 2011. In each case, Sanders threatened the victim by stating he had a gun or by displaying a gun, authorities said. He then drove the women to areas where he sexually assaulted them. After the assaults, Sanders fled, leaving the victims stranded in the remote area.

Sanders was determined to be a suspect after a Sacramento police officer recognized the description of the suspect and the suspect's car from a vehicle stop he made Nov. 1, 2011, in the same area. Sanders also was determined to be a suspect in the Dec. 13, 2011, sexual assault through the use of DNA analysis performed by the Sacramento County District Attorney's Crime Lab.

March 15, 2013
Man draws 65-years-to-life sentence for child molestation

A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to 65 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting children.

Santiago Sanchez was convicted by a Sacramento County jury in February of multiple counts of lewd acts with a minor and sexual assault charges. The jury also found true that Sanchez molested more than one victim in the commission of these offenses, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Sanchez was sentenced today by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Goodman.

On Aug. 2, 2011, Sanchez was babysitting the 8 and 10-year-old victims, along with their four brothers. One of the children walked into a bedroom and discovered Sanchez partially unclothed and on top of his 8-year-old sister, authorities said. In an effort to get help, the boy rode his bike to several neighbors' homes and then to a local gas station, where he called 911. Officers learned soon afterward that Sanchez had engaged in lewd acts with the two sisters over a period of two days before his arrest.

March 14, 2013
Sacramento police seek suspect in indecent exposure incidents

Sacramento police seek the public's help in identifying a man believed to have been involved in five incidents of indecent exposure since October 2011.

In each instance, the man approached females who were walking or jogging alone near parks or on city streets. The incidents occurred on weekdays and weekends, typically in the early morning or evening hours, according to a Police Department news release.

Police said the man usually approached the victim and attempted to make small talk before exposing himself or making vulgar comments. On each occasion, he left on foot and no vehicle was seen. No injuries occurred during the incidents.

March 12, 2013
Visiting priest arrested on suspicion of child molest in Yuba City

Julio Cesar Guarin-Sosa.jpgA Catholic priest has been arrested on suspicion of child molestation, according to a press release from the Diocese of Stockton.

The Rev. Julio Guarin-Sosa, pictured, a visiting priest from Colombia, was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery and molestation of a minor in Yuba City. He is being held in the Sutter County Jail and is scheduled to be arraigned today.

Guarin-Sosa had been helping out at St. Anne's parish in Lodi. Stockton Bishop Stephen E. Blaire had required, and was provided a letter, attesting to Guarin-Sosa's good standing prior to the priest's ministry work at St. Anne's.

His arrest has caused the Diocese of Stockton to revoke Guarin-Sosa's permission to exercise ministry. The Stockton diocese has also told Guarin-Sosa's home diocese of his arrest.

March 6, 2013
Sentence, guilty plea announced in child pornography cases

An Antelope man has been sentenced and a Sacramento man has pleaded guilty in separate child pornography cases.

Stephen Graeff, 60, of Antelope, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to 15 years in prison, to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release for distributing child pornography, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Graeff maintained a collection of approximately 1,020 files of child pornography, according to court records. He shared and posted the child pornography images from his computer to others on the Internet.

March 1, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to pastor accused of sexual assault at library?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: Whatever happened to the case of the pastor in south Sacramento -- his name was Frederick Dew -- who was accused of molesting a boy at the MLK library back in 2006?
Submitted by: Slim, Sacramento

ANSWER: A Sacramento County jury found Frederick Deshawn Dew guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage boy at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in the Meadowview area in March 2007.

March 1, 2013
Rancho Cordova man pleads guilty in child sexual exploitation case

A Rancho Cordova man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Sacramento to engaging in child sexual exploitation.

According to court documents, Brandon Marks, 25, attempted to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. In addition, between April and June 2012, he received and shared child pornography, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Marks is to be sentenced May 15 by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller.

March 1, 2013
Roseville man pleads guilty to possessing child porn discovered during investigation of granddaughter's death

A Roseville man whose daughter was arrested last year in connection with the death of his granddaughter has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

Daniel Harrison McGrath, 58, of Roseville pleaded guilty today in federal court in Sacramento to possessing more than 3,000 images and videos of child pornography, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

The pornography was discovered during a police investigation into the death of McGrath's 2-year-old granddaughter. McKinley Wilder's body was found in McGrath's home April 4. Denise Marie McGrath Wilder, the child's mother and McGrath's daughter, has been charged with cruelty to a child and neglect in connection with the youngster's death and awaits trial in Placer Superior Court.

February 28, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What is status of photographer accused of secretly videotaping teen girl?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What is the current status of the criminal case against Ronald Buchanan Jr., the volleyball coach and photographer accused of videotaping teenage girls?
Submitted by: Concerned, Sacramento

ANSWER: Ronald Roy Buchanan Jr. is awaiting trial in Placer Superior Court.

February 27, 2013
Arraignment for ex-W. Sac police officer facing sexual assaults pushed to next week

By Darrell Smith
dvsmith@sacbee.com

alvarez.jpgThe former West Sacramento police officer facing 35 counts of sexually assaulting women while on patrol will face a March 7 arraignment in Yolo Superior Court.

Sergio Alvarez, 37, made a brief appearance Wednesday afternoon at the courthouse in Woodland. He is being held in lieu of $29.3 million bail in Solano County custody on allegations including rape, sodomy and kidnapping of six women while on duty between October 2011 and September 2012.

Alvarez has been a member of the West Sacramento Police Department since 2007.

February 26, 2013
Fair Oaks man sentenced for distributing child pornography

A Fair Oaks man has been sentenced to eight years and 10 months in prison for distributing child pornography.

Clifford Donald Wells, 56, will also be subject to 10 years of supervised release following his time in prison, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. He was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez.

According to court records, Wells maintained a collection of approximately 6,000 videos and 60,000 still images depicting minors engaged in various types of sexually explicit conduct. He shared and posted the images from his computer to others on the Internet.

February 23, 2013
Davis woman forced into own apartment and raped by two men

A woman leaving her apartment was forced back in and raped by two men, Davis police said.

The rape occurred around 5:00 a.m. Thursday, as the woman was leaving her apartment at the 4500 block of Alhambra Dr. Two men grabbed the victim, forced her inside and took turns raping her, according to reports.

The woman described the men as Caucasian, one with black hair and the other with brown hair. Emergency personnel treated the woman for injuries. The victim waited nearly eight hours before reporting the crime to police.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Davis Police Department's Sexual Assault Unit at (530) 747-5400.

February 22, 2013
Man given 14-year sentence for distributing child pornography

A man who spent time at a Rancho Cordova residence has been sentenced in federal court in Sacramento to 14 years and two months in prison for distributing child pornography.

Joseph Cantrelle, 61, who lived most recently in Vacaville, also will be subject to 10 years of supervised release following his prison term, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell.

According to court documents, law enforcement agents searched residences where Cantrelle stayed in Napa and Rancho Cordova. They found that Cantrelle maintained on his computer a collection of approximately 561 videos and 4,079 still images depicting minors engaged in various types of sexually explicit conduct. He shared and posted the images from his computer to others on the Internet.

February 21, 2013
Man convicted of three south Sacramento sexual assaults

A 42-year-old man has been convicted of sexually assaulting three women in the south Sacramento area in November and December of 2011.

A Sacramento County jury convicted Ladell Lamont Sanders of six charges, including forcible sexual intercourse and forcible oral copulation, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

The assaults occurred Nov. 15, Dec. 10 and Dec. 13 of 2011. Sanders threatened each victim by stating that he had a gun or by displaying a gun, officials said. He then drove the victims to remote areas where he sexually assaulted them. After the assaults, he fled, leaving the victims stranded in the remote area.

February 20, 2013
Sacramento man, 71, gets 24 years for child porn conviction

A Sacramento man was sentenced today by a federal judge to 24 years in prison for child pornography and sex tourism.

James E. Johnston, 71, was convicted in May by a jury to conspiring to produce child porn, two counts of receiving child pornography, possession of child pornography, and "traveling in foreign commerce" with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

Judge Morrison C. England Jr. said at sentencing that Johnston's crime, and the need to deter others, warranted the lengthy sentence.

February 13, 2013
Sonora police cite seniors for alleged afternoon sex in car

A man and woman, old enough to know better, were cited for indecent exposure when found naked and acting frisky in Sonora.

The Sonora police department received a call about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday regarding two people "engaged in sexual conduct" inside a vehicle parked at a business in the 600 block of Stockton Road.

The unnamed business where the car was parked in the Mother Lode town was open. Customers had full view of the alleged afternoon hanky-panky.

An officer who was given the call to respond to the address happened to be driving by and quickly pulled into the parking lot. Inside the vehicle, police said, he found an unclothed man and woman in the back seat.

The officer cited Linda Titus, 72, of Earp, San Bernardino County, and Garry Wells, 62, of Sonora, for indecent exposure.

February 8, 2013
Sacramento man accused of trading child pornography

A Sacramento man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Sacramento for trading child pornography.

Erik David McKinney, 27, formerly of Chico, is charged with two counts of receiving and sharing child pornography, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, between June 10 and July 29, 2010, McKinney, while living in Chico, received and shared images of child pornography through the Internet. The indictment alleges that after McKinney moved to Sacramento, he continued receiving and sharing images of child pornography until Nov. 14, 2012.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

February 5, 2013
Teenager accused of sexual assaults in Foothill Farms area

A 13-year-old boy is in custody after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman and a 10-year-old girl Monday in separate incidents in the Foothill Farms area.

Sacramento County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos said both attacks took place on neighborhood streets.

The first occurred about 8:30 a.m. as a woman was walking in the area of Brett and Vogelsang drives, west of Hillsdale Boulevard. She was approached by a juvenile who knocked her down and sexually assaulted her. The youth ran off when he was spotted by a witness, Ramos said.

February 4, 2013
Sacramento man sentenced for possessing child pornogrpahy

A 37-year-old Sacramento man has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for possessing child pornography.

Oliver P. Kim was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb. Kim also will be subject to 10 years of supervised release following his prison term, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Between Feb. 9 and March 23, 2011, agents identified a computer at Kim's address offering files of child pornography through a file-sharing network, according to court documents

January 30, 2013
Two arrested in Sacramento prostitute's ordeal

Gunn.JPGBrewer.JPGA self-professed prostitute from Sacramento told authorities that she was forced to perform sexual acts with a shotgun to her head, according to the Amador County Sheriff's office.

The 23-year-old woman told deputies she had performed sex acts for money at a home on Cosumnes Lane in Plymouth in the past, according to a Amador County Sheriff's office press release.

She alleged that on Jan. 23 that two men she knew as Vince and Mike beat her, tied her up and forced her to perform sex acts with a shotgun held to her head.

She was then driven around before being thrown out of a car. She eventually was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Deputies went to the home where the attack was said to have occurred, gathering evidence at what they said was the residence of Vincent M. Brewer.

Detectives identified the woman's suspected attackers as Brewer, 30, (pictured right) of Plymouth and Michael L Gunn, 38, (pictured left) of Martell via a photo lineup.

Gunn and Brewer were arrested Friday on suspicion of kidnapping and sex charges.

January 29, 2013
No remains found yet in digging for San Joaquin serial killer victims

After several days of digging, the FBI and drilling experts have not found any human remains at a well in Linden where a search is being conducted for victims of two San Joaquin County killers.

Federal Bureau of Investigation personnel began working at the well on Jan. 7 in a search for the victims of serial killers Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog. Last week, digging began after the initial site preparations.

The experts don't exactly know the depth of the well, despite using a bore and camera. The excavating of the well is done by hand.

January 28, 2013
Transient arrested in sexual assault of woman in Davis

Davis police announced the arrest this afternoon of a 25-year-old man in connection with the sexual assault of a woman outside a church Saturday morning.

About 2:30 p.m. today, police received a call from a citizen who reported seeing a person who matched the description of the suspect in the case. Officers responded to the area and located Christopher Turk, whom they described as a transient, at a shopping center in West Davis.

Turk was taken into custody without incident. During a search, physical evidence was recovered that connected Turk to Saturday's incident, according to a Police Department news release.

January 25, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What is status of case against former Creative Frontiers school principal?

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QUESTION: What is the legal standing of the Citrus Heights private school principal? It's been quite a while since he was charged, and I haven't seen any information lately.
Submitted by: J. Smith, Sacramento

ANSWER: A preliminary hearing for Robert Benson Adams, former principal of Creative Frontiers school in Citrus Heights, has been continued several times.

January 24, 2013
Fourth sister sentenced in child sex-trafficking case

The last of four sisters to be sentenced for their participation in a child sex-trafficking operation has been sentenced to 7-1/2 years in prison.

Cherelle Elizabeth Hornbuckle, 26, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Morrison C.England Jr.

Her co-defendants included her sisters Tynisha Hornbuckle, 24, who was sentenced to 15 years and eight months in prison; Tamrell Hornbuckle, 26, sentenced to 12 years and seven months; and Latrelle Hornbuckle, 25, sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Their mother, Tammy Brown, 44, was sentenced to three years in prison.

January 24, 2013
Citrus Heights man sentenced in child pornography case

A 27-year-old Citrus Heights man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography.

Derrick James Kennedy was sentenced today in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. Kennedy also will be subject to 10 years of supervised release following his prison term, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Kennedy pleaded guilty in March to one count of possession of child pornography. According to court documents, law enforcement agents traced user-sharing files of child pornography on a peer-to-peer file-sharing program to Kennedy's Citrus Heights residence.

January 24, 2013
Indictment charges Folsom man with producing child porn

A federal grand jury in Sacramento returned a four count indictment today, charging a former nurse with production of child pornography.

The indictment alleges that in May 2011, Daniel Ratner, 45, of Folsom attempted to produce visual depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. The indictment also alleges that between Aug. 1 and Nov. 23, 2012, Ratner produced child pornography involving the same minor, and that between Aug. 1 and Aug. 8, 2012, he attempted to produce visual depictions of six additional minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Ratner is in Sacramento County Jail, having been charged by the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office in December with multiple counts of indecent assault, possession of child pornography and production of child pornography.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Folsom Police Department, the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Reardon, who is prosecuting the case.

January 23, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What was sentence for man convicted of sexually assaulting children?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What was Dion Dametrice Tolliver sentenced to for sexual assault on multiple children?
Submitted by: Misty, Sacramento

ANSWER: Dion Dametrice Tolliver was sentenced Jan. 11 to 25 years to life in state prison, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records.

January 23, 2013
South Lake Tahoe police officer arrested, accused of witness tampering

A South Lake Tahoe police officer was arrested today, accused of witness tampering.

The arrest of John Gerald "Johnny" Poland followed a three-year investigation, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation news release. He was taken into custody without incident this morning in South Lake Tahoe.

According to court documents, the violations include two counts of corruptly persuading a person to alter, destroy or conceal an object's integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding, and attempting to do so, as well as three counts of corruptly persuading another person with the intent to influence the testimony of a person in an official proceeding, and attempting to do so. Poland's alleged actions reportedly took place while he was on and off duty.

January 23, 2013
Plumas County man draws prison term for seeking sex with minor

A Plumas County man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempting to entice a minor to engage in sex acts.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller also sentenced Larry Gorbet Jr., 33, of Chester to 20 years of supervised release, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, on Sept. 25, 2011, Gorbet met with his cousin and her friend, a 13-year-old girl, in the city of Susanville. During the meeting, Gorbet provided the girls with marijuana and talked about the prospects of the 13-year-old becoming his girlfriend.

January 23, 2013
Rocklin man sentenced for possessing child pornography

A Rocklin man was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton also sentenced John Patrick Frost, 28, to a lifetime of supervised release following his prison term, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Frost pleaded guilty in October to one count of possession of child pornography. According to court documents, on March 12, 2009, a photo-sharing website reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Cybertipline that a user had posted child pornography to its page. Further investigation led to a Placer County residence where Frost spent time.

January 18, 2013
Inmate linked to July assault near American River College

Clakr, Ian 1omvz (1).jpgThe Sacramento Sheriff's Department today announced the arrest of a 20-year-old man in connection with the sexual assault of a woman near American River College last summer.

Ian Clark (pictured) was arrested Thursday at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center, where he has been in custody since his arrest July 27 on unrelated charges of auto theft and felony evasion of a peace officer, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Shortly before 7 p.m. July 16, a woman was walking along the Arcade Creek nature trail near American River College when she was grabbed from behind and choked by a man who held a knife to her. He reportedly indicated that he intended to rape and kill her.

January 17, 2013
Placer teacher suspected of sex with former student

woods jennifer lynn.JPGA Placer County teacher has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a former student.

Jennifer Lynn Woods, 35, (pictured) was booked a week ago into jail on suspicion of having sex with a minor. The 17-year-old boy she allegedly had sex with was her former student.

An employee with the Placer County Office of Education contacted the sheriff's office when education officials received information that Woods was suspected of having an inappropriate relationship with a former student.

Woods, a Granite Bay resident, is listed on the Placer County Office of Education website as being an employee in the Emotionally Disturbed Program.

The sheriff's department said in a press release that Woods met the boy when he was her student two years ago. He has since transferred to another school.

The relationship lasted for one year, according to deputies, while the boy was 16 or 17 years old.

January 10, 2013
Former children's advocate sentenced in child porn case

A Rocklin man who volunteered with a program that assists children in the court system has been sentenced to prison for possessing child pornography.

Donald G. Callahan, 63, was sentenced in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to eight years and one month in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. The judge also imposed a $15,000 fine.

According to court documents, in September 2011, law enforcement officers identified a computer at Callahan's home offering child pornography through an Internet file-sharing service. On Oct. 25, 2011, agents searched Callahan's home and seized his computer and several compact discs.

The computer contained approximately 898 image files and 536 video files showing the sexual exploitation of children. An additional 16 video files were on the compact discs. Officials said the collection included files showing molestation of infants and toddlers.

At the sentencing, the judge expressed concern that Callahan, given the crime to which he pleaded and his own history as a victim of sexual abuse, had been involved in the Court Appointed Special Advocate program, according to the news release. CASA volunteers work on behalf of children who are in the California court system, often as the result of being victims in child abuse and neglect cases.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a federally and state-funded task force managed by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department with agents from federal, state and local agencies. The task force investigates online child exploitation crimes, including child pornography, enticement and sex trafficking.

January 7, 2013
Alleged assault by girlfriend leads to boyfriend's arrest

Kelvin+Hunt,+37.jpgA 37-year-old man was arrested Sunday, accused of unlawful sex with a minor, after he was allegedly assaulted by his 17-year-old girlfriend.

Sacramento police officers responded to a domestic violence report in the 1600 block of Cormorant Way in the North Sacramento area at 12:49 p.m. When officers arrived, they were told that the 17-year-old had assaulted her boyfriend, Kevin Hunt (pictured). The couple have a 1-year-old child, according to a Police Department news release.

The girlfriend was booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of domestic violence, and Hunt was booked into Sacramento County Jail.

The child was placed in a family member's care. Police said Child Protective Services and detectives were notified, and an investigation is in progress.

January 4, 2013
Convicted stalker sentenced to 19 years in prison

A man convicted of stalking a woman, installing spyware on her computer and hidden cameras in her bedroom has been sentenced to 19 years and four months in prison.

Jose Moreno, 32, will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. A jury last month convicted him of 21 counts, including stalking, first-degree burglary, wiretapping and installing spyware. He was sentenced today by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ernest Sawtelle.

When the victim ended her relationship with Moreno in July 2010, he repeatedly broke into her home, stole personal items, installed spyware on her computer and installed hidden cameras in her bedroom, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. When the victim found the hidden cameras, she left her apartment and stayed with a friend.

January 4, 2013
Attempted kidnap suspect accused of possessing child porn

A 23-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempted kidnapping in Woodland in November is also accused of possessing child pornography.

Kyle Hall, described by police as a transient, was taken into custody Nov. 28 after a 31-year-old Woodland woman reported Nov. 25 that he tried to kidnap her in the Westgate shopping center at 367 Main St. She told police that she was walking between parked vehicles when a man seated in a pickup truck opened his door, blocking her way. She said he grabbed her by the hair and pulled her toward the truck.

The woman yelled for help and as a bystander approached, the man released her and drove off. She was not injured.

January 3, 2013
International child porn investigation nets Sacramento-area men

Two Sacramento-area men were among 18 people arrested in Central California as part of an international child pornography investigation.

From Nov. 1 through Dec. 7, the U.S. Attorney's Office and Homeland Security Investigations worked closely with local law enforcement agencies in what was dubbed Operation Sunflower to arrest people engaged in child pornography. Arrested from the Sacramento area were Albert Lee Mitchell of Sacramento and Robert K. Roberson of Citrus Heights, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Mitchell, 65, was arrested Nov. 6 following the execution of a federal search warrant. More than 40,000 images of child pornography were found on his computer, officials said. At a bail hearing in U.S. District Court, it was reported that Mitchell had been planning to depart the next day for Argentina, where he owns property. Children's clothing and toys were found in his luggage.

January 3, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What's happening in case of man accused of indecent exposure?

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QUESTION: What is the status of Jerry Caldwell, arrested Feb. 28, 2012, by the Sacramento County Sheriff on suspicion of indecent exposure?
Submitted by: Twice Retired, Ventura

ANSWER: Jerry Wayne Caldwell remains in Sacramento County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail.

January 3, 2013
Indictment accuses Galt man of receiving child pornography

A federal grand jury in Sacramento today returned an indictment charging a 29-year-old Galt man with receiving child pornography.

According to the indictment, between July 8, 2011, and Dec. 18, 2012, Tyler Jordan knowingly received images of child pornography through the Internet.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. The federally and state-funded task force is managed by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department with agents from federal, sate and local agencies.

December 26, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man accused of rapes in early '90s?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: Whatever happened to Eric Knapp, arrested many years ago for rape in Sacramento?
Submitted by: Emily, Sacramento

ANSWER: Eric Charles Rodney Knapp was sentenced in February 1994 to 98 years in state prison after a Sacramento County jury convicted him in connection with two sexual attacks, including one against a woman who reported she was raped in her bed as her family slept in their Citrus Heights home.

December 21, 2012
Sacramento jury says 'jogger rapist' to stay in confinement

Before the man dubbed the "jogger rapist" for a series of 1980 sexual attacks in Sacramento could get out of custody, a jury has decided he should not be released.

The jury agreed Thursday with the Sacramento County District Attorney's office that Joseph M. Maggard should be declared a sexually violent predator. The law allows for the designation to protect society from a small but dangerous number of sexually violent people.

"Their verdict helps ensure that Sacramento is protected from this individual engaging in future violent sexual offenses," said Deputy District Attorney David Brown.

December 20, 2012
Sacramento police arrest veteran officer on suspicion of sexual assault

Sacramento police officers have arrested one of their veteran colleagues on suspicion of various sexual assaults allegedly committed while off duty, according to a Police Department news release.

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Gary Baker, 49, has been a police officer for 22 years, according to the department. He was placed on paid administrative leave during the course of the investigation until today, when he was fired by Police Chief Rick Braziel.

Baker is accused of assaulting a 76-year-old woman on three occasions, the first two years ago, and then twice in recent months, according to the police department. Officers arrested Baker today on suspicion of rape, two counts of forcible oral copulation, attempted oral copulation with intent to commit rape and sexual battery.

December 17, 2012
Man extradited to Sacramento to face molestation charges

Michael Joseph Chavez.JPGA man has been extradited from Mexico to Sacramento to face allegations that he sexually molested two girls in 2006.

In 2006, Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies began investigating allegations that Michael Joseph Chavez, 33, sexually molested two girls under the age of 14 years old. Chavez disappeared and could not be found for several years, according to the sheriff's department.

Working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, deputies learned that Chavez was outside the United States. In March 2011, detectives in the Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau got a tip that Chavez was living just outside Mexico City.

December 17, 2012
Rocklin, Sacramento police report nude men arrested

David Brook.JPGPolice arrested two men in separate incidents who were allegedly naked in public places over the weekend - on a downtown Sacramento street and along Interstate 80 in Rocklin.

In the first incident, Sacramento police officers arrested David Brook, 44, (pictured at left) about 4 p.m. Saturday. Police said he was spotted near 8th and H streets with no clothes on.

According to a police activity log, he fled on foot. After he was caught, Brook struggled with officers but eventually was taken into custody, police said.

December 15, 2012
Sheriff seeks help identifying suspect in two sexual assaults

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department has released composite sketches of a suspect who is being sought in connection with two sexual assaults in the Arden Arcade area in recent weeks.

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On Nov. 23, a man wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a white bandana that covered his face attacked and sexually assaulted a woman after entering an unlocked apartment in the 3100 block of Trussel Way.

Two weeks later, another woman was sexually assaulted by a male suspect wearing a black knit cap after he forced her into her apartment in the 2200 block of Howe Avenue. Sheriff's investigators say they believe the same man is responsible for both assaults.

People who may have information to help authorities identify the suspect are asked to call the sheriff's department sex assault bureau at (916) 874-5070. Information may also be given anonymously by calling 916-874-TIPS (8477) or texting to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword SSD or through the sheriff's department website, www.sacsheriff.com.

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Sketches provided by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

December 14, 2012
Indictments charge four area men with receiving child porn

Four Sacramento-area men were recently charged in federal indictments with receiving or sharing child pornography.

James Capalbo, 61, of Davis was charged with receipt of child pornography. The Nov. 29 indictment alleges that between March 28 and April 26, 2011, Capalbo knowingly received visual depictions of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

December 13, 2012
Placer County detectives arrest man for rape of disabled woman

montgomery marquise.JPGPlacer County sheriff's detectives relied on DNA evidence to arrest an ex-employee of a care home suspected of impregnating a severely mentally disabled woman.

Sheriff's officials said that they arrested Marquise X. Montgomery, 22, in Elverta on Wednesday night, booking him into the Placer County Jail on suspicion of rape of a person unable to give consent.

Montgomery is suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in a Penryn care home where he was once employed. The 34-year-old woman was discovered a year ago to be about six months pregnant.

December 11, 2012
Sacramento sheriff's detectives seek suspect in Antelope sex assault

Antelope S1 sketch.jpgSacramento County sheriff's detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying a man suspected of sexually assaulting a young woman in Antelope last month.

The woman, 19, was walking around Olive Grove Elementary School when she was approached by the suspect, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department. They had a brief conversation, then went their separate ways, the release states.

A few minutes later, the suspect grabbed the woman and sexually assaulted her, then fled the area on foot, the release states.

December 10, 2012
Photographer accused of secretly videotaping teenage girl

buchanan_ronald_roy_jr.jpegRoseville police have arrested a local photographer and youth volleyball coach on suspicion of secretly videotaping an underage girl in the bathroom while she was getting ready for a photo shoot.

Ronald Roy Buchanan Jr. (pictured), 30, was arrested Thursday following an investigation that began in late November, after a teenage girl and her parent reported concerns about inappropriate comments and secret videotaping during a photography session, according to a Police Department news release. The photographer was also the girl's former club volleyball coach.

Buchanan was arrested on suspicion of possessing obscene matter involving a person under the age of 18. He is being held in Placer County Jail on $250,000 bail.

December 5, 2012
Man convicted in Sacramento court of long list of sex assaults

A man was convicted in Sacramento Superior Court of a long list of sex charges, including lewd acts on a minor.

Dion Dametrice Tolliver, 36, was convicted Tuesday, by a jury of rape, sodomy, performing a sex act on an unconscious victim, sex assault and committing a lewd act on a child under the age of 14 and performing a sex act on a child under the age of 10.

Tolliver assaulted five victims from 1998 to 2009, according to a press release from the Sacramento County Office of the District Attorney. At the time of the offenses, the young people he assaulted ranged from 7 to 16 years old.

December 4, 2012
Suspected child molester arrested in El Dorado County

Ellsworth.jpgEl Dorado County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man who they allege was caught in the act of molesting a child by the youngster's mother.

Deputies were called at about 5 p.m. Monday to an apartment near Green Valley and Cambridge roads in Cameron Park by a mother who reported she had caught an acquaintance in the act of molesting her child. Deputies declined to identify the gender or age of the child.

Deputies spoke with the mother and their investigation revealed that the acquaintance was 52-year-old Jeffrey Michael Ellsworth. Ellsworth is a registered sex offender, according to a sheriff's press release.

Ellsworth, a transient living in the Cameron Park area, had fled the apartment complex before deputies arrived. He was later tracked to Oak Hill Road in the Pleasant Valley area where he was arrested on suspicion of child molestation.

PHOTO CAPTION: Jeffrey Michael Ellsworth

November 27, 2012
Sex offender accused of living too close to day care facility

Truckee police have arrested a registered sex offender after he was reportedly found living within 2,000 feet of a day care facility.

The Police Department's investigation division regularly monitors and contacts local registered sex offenders to encourage compliance and lawful behavior, according to a department news release. In California, convicted sex offenders are required to register with the local law enforcement agency when they change their address or residence. The requirement also applies to transient or homeless registrants.

In October, registered sex officer Gustavo Ramirez, 20, moved to Truckee and registered with Truckee police, acknowledging the restrictions, which included a prohibition from living within 2,000 feet of a school or day care facility. On Nov. 21, police found that Ramirez had deceived officers regarding the location of his true residence, officials said. The location allegedly violated the restrictions regarding its proximity to a day-care center.

Ramirez was arrested on suspicion of failing to register and violating probation. He was booked into the Nevada County Sheriff's Department's Truckee substation jail.

November 16, 2012
CA Attorney General Kamala Harris releases report on human trafficking

A week and a half after California voters passed Proposition 35, beefing up penalties for people convicted of human trafficking, Attorney General Kamala Harris has released a report looking at the prevalence of the problem and what can be done to address it.

The report, titled "The State of Human Trafficking in California 2012," is based on information gathered by a "work group" Harris assembled in January to update a 2007 report on the problem.

The group found that between mid-2010 and mid-2012, nine regional task forces in California initiated more than 2,500 investigations into human trafficking, identified more than 1,200 victims and arrested nearly 1,800 suspects.

November 15, 2012
Suspect sought in Elk Grove sexual assault

By Darrell Smith
dvsmith@sacbee.com

Elk Grove police are calling on the public to help find a man suspected in a sexual assault on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Police describe the man as white or Latino, 5 feet, 9 inches, 165 pounds, with short messy hair, a "5 o'clock shadow," and clad in a black sweatshirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Elk Grove Police Department's detective bureau at (916) 478-8060 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357. Crime Alert callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

Tips can also be sent via SMS text message by entering CRIMES (274637) on a cell phone, followed by Tip732 (agency identification number) and the message.

November 14, 2012
Police investigate attempted sexual assault at Elk Grove park

Elk Grove police are investigating an attempted sexual assault that occurred late Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of the softball complex at Elk Grove Regional Park.

Police said the incident occurred about 6:05 p.m. A 37-year-old woman was leaning into the back of her parked vehicle when a man she did not know attacked her from behind and tried to sexually assault her. The woman was able to fend him off by pushing and punching him several times in the body and face, according to a Police Department news release.

The man fled and was last seen running north through the park.

November 9, 2012
Woodland woman reports assault by intruder armed with knife

Woodland police are trying to locate a man who reportedly entered a home and raped a woman at knifepoint early Wednesday.

Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Oak Avenue about 3 a.m. regarding a report of a rape in progress. When they arrived, they found the victim at a neighbor's house. She told them she thought the suspect was still in her home, according to a Police Department news release.

Officers went to the house but did not find the suspect inside. A search of the surrounding area also proved fruitless.

November 9, 2012
Authorities say they've caught man dubbed Roaming Rapist, suspected in dozens of assaults

dereck Sanders.JPGA man suspected of being the Roaming Rapist, an assailant who assaulted a dozen women throughout Sacramento County from 1998 to 2003, has been arrested, law enforcement officials announced today.

Dereck Jermaine Sanders, 39, was booked into Sacramento County Jail early this morning. He is charged with 35 counts of forcible sexual assault involving 10 victims ages 14-42, in nine separate incidents.

He was implicated through a "familial DNA" match, which traces family characteristics, to a brother, who is a convicted felon, and recently had been arrested on three unrelated sexual assaults.

Sanders was connected by a direct DNA match through trash he threw out at his Isleton home on Wednesday.

November 7, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What is status of Roseville man accused in child sex abuse case?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What is going on with the trial of the man arrested last June for alleged child sex abuse over a period of 10 years, Michael Nodine? I heard of his arrest and a trial date set in August, but it's well past August and I have yet to hear anything?
Submitted by: Testify, Sacramento

ANSWER: Michael Scott Nodine, 45, remains in Placer County Jail awaiting trial, with bail set at $1 million.

October 31, 2012
Fugitive in child molestation case returned from Philippines

Shrum+image.jpgA fugitive from Sacramento County sought in connection with a child molestation case has been returned to the United States from the Philippines.

Scott David Shrum (pictured), 46, is being held in Sacramento County Jail without bail, accused of unlawful sexual conduct with a child.

In January 2010, Sacramento County sheriff's detectives investigated a report that Shrum had maintained an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female child who lived in a home with Shrum, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. The alleged activity took place over a period of several years when the victim was between 7 and 14 years old.

October 30, 2012
Rocklin man pleads guilty to child pornography charge

A Rocklin man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Sacramento to possessing child pornography.

John Patrick Frost Jr., 28, admitted to one count of possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

On March 12, 2009, a photo-sharing website reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Cybertipline that a user had posted child pornography to their page, according to court documents. Further investigation led to a Placer County residence where Frost spent time.

October 29, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to special ed teacher arrested in child porn case?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: There was a special education teacher who worked at Will C. Wood by the name of Mark Cline. He was taken to jail for pornography. Can you tell me what happened?
Submitted by: Tami, Sacramento

ANSWER: Mark Allen Cline, a former special education teacher at Will C. Wood Middle School in Sacramento, was indicted by a federal grand jury in March 2011 for receipt and possession of child pornography.

October 27, 2012
Man, woman arrested for alleged pimping of two teen girls

By Richard Chang
rchang@sacbee.com

Roshann Harris, 30, and Jason Wilson, 24, are behind bars after pimping and pandering two juvenile girls, authorities said.

The pair was allegedly pimping two runaway girls from a motel in the 1400 block of 30th Street.

Sacramento police made contact with the two girls Monday night and determined they had been missing out of Wisconsin since the beginning of October, police spokesman Officer Doug Morse said.

October 25, 2012
Second alleged sexual assault victim testifies against doctor

clip_image002.jpgscottanderson.jpgA second alleged victim completed two days of testimony today in the Dr. Scott Dodd Anderson sexual assault trial, saying the workers comp physician molested her during two visits in May 2009.

The woman, who is now 63-years-old, said she went to see Anderson during a visit for