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California school embroiled in child abuse scandal to reopen with new staff

| February 9, 2012 at 07:26 am

Florence, California (CNN) — A Los Angeles-area school at the center of a shocking child abuse scandal reopens Thursday with an entirely new staff, including the principal, teachers, administrators and janitors.

The Los Angeles Unified School District replaced the Miramonte Elementary staff to avoid “surprises,” educators said.

About 70 new teachers will welcome the 1,400 students who attend Miramonte when they resume classes. (more…)

Parents rally outside L.A. school at center of child abuse cases

| February 6, 2012 at 02:42 pm

Parents and community leaders protested Monday outside a Los Angeles elementary school at the center of two child abuse cases and called for the teachers allegedly involved to be fired.

“We’re saying enough is enough,” community leader Morris Grifton said.

Grifton was outside Miramonte Elementary School in South Gate, California, around 7 a.m. with other residents concerned about how students are being treated in the Los Angeles Unified School District. (more…)

Jose Luis Ledezma, OC Pedophile, Unhappy With Punishment After Raping 6-Year-Old Girl

| October 21, 2011 at 04:33 pm

Forget for a brief moment what he did to a little girl, Jose Luis Ledezma believes he’s been terribly wronged by Orange County’s criminal justice system.

Yes, Ledezma freely admitted that in August 2008 he raped, sodomized and got forced oral copulation from a 6-year-old girl when he was 20 years old.

But he thinks that he should have been allowed to plead guilty and then have some time–a few weeks or months?–to contemplate the consequences and then change his mind. (more…)

US: Teen Hoodlums Risk Jail to Protect Kids From Pedophile

| October 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm

How’s this for the weirdest sentence you’ll read all day? A set of teen burglars is a California town’s new heroes! Weird, yes. But they just got a pedophile off the street. Anyone who has the chutzpah to walk into a police department and admit, “I broke into So-and-So’s place, and I’m here to tell you because the dude’s got a place full of kiddie porn” deserves a little break on the whole “criminals are the scourge of society” shtick.

The story goes that the teens were up to no good when they broke into the barn of 54-year-old Kraig Stockard. They grabbed what they thought were 50 blank CDs and took off for parts unknown. But then they put them into a computer and found a whole load of really naughty, dirty, filthy sicko stuff. (more…)

US: Urquiza honored for leadership in child-abuse treatment

| September 22, 2011 at 11:21 am

Anthony Urquiza, director of mental health services for the UC Davis Children’s Hospital CAARE (Child and Adolescent Abuse Resources and Evaluation) Center, has received the William Friedrich Memorial Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).

APSAC is a national organization of health-care providers and law-enforcement professionals dedicated to supporting the health and safety of children and decreasing risk of maltreatment. This award is given to one individual each year who demonstrates leadership and achievement related to child maltreatment. (more…)

US: Family angry over notice on pedophile

| September 8, 2011 at 11:44 am

The mother of a boy molested by a registered sex offender was shocked to see his attacker out of prison and back on the street, having received no official notification of his release Saturday.

“This is ridiculous,” Caroline Mason, of Canyon Country, said Wednesday. “We are so done with not being informed about this guy living around our kids.”

In the spring of 2010, William Greggory Babb, 50, pleaded guilty in San Fernando Superior Court to one felony of contacting a minor with the intention of engaging in lewd or lascivious behavior. (more…)

U.S. Theravada Buddhist Temples accused of harboring pedophile monk

| August 23, 2011 at 03:27 pm

On Sunday, a group of protesters gathered at the Wat Dhammaram Theravada Buddhist temple, Southwest Side Chicago, after a report that a former monk at the temple, Camong Boa-Ubol, had sexually assaulted two girls, impregnating one of them.

According to the report, the family of one of the girls–a 12 year-old–reported the incident to the Wat Dhammaram temple in 2000. The family was told that the monk would be returned to Thailand but it soon became known that the pedophile monk is still serving in Wat Buddhavipassana in Long Beach, California, where it is alleged that he still has access to young children. (more…)

California: Children’s author in O.C. charged in sexual assault of 12-year-old girl

| March 29, 2011 at 08:44 am

Authorities in Orange County said Monday they were looking for possible additional victims of a children’s book author charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl who is a relative.

Michael William Snyder, 43, a San Clemente resident, allegedly rubbed the girl’s chest and stomach under her shirt “with a sexual intent” and sat her on his lap and put his hands up her skirt, the Orange County district attorney’s office said in a statement.

The girl’s mother became suspicious after her daughter did not want to be left alone with Snyder, according to the district attorney’s office. The mother contacted authorities.

Snyder calls himself “Mr. Mike” and is an author and illustrator, according to his website. He could not be reached Monday afternoon for comment. (more…)

Convicted SoCal pedophile denied release

| July 31, 2008 at 10:06 pm

The Associated Press – SANTA ANA, Calif.—A convicted pedophile who became the public face of Megan’s Law in the 1990s was denied his bid for release from a state mental facility on Thursday.An Orange County Superior Court jury determined Sid Landau, 69, was still a threat to society and should remain hospitalized in state custody, where he has been held for eight years.

Two previous juries deadlocked on whether Landau should be released.

Dressed in a blue-and-white checkered shirt, the gray-haired Landau looked down at the table, sighed and whispered to his lawyer, “I’m going to die in jail,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

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