web analytics
a

Facebook

Twitter

Copyright 2015 Libero Themes.
All Rights Reserved.

8:30 - 6:00

Our Office Hours Mon. - Fri.

703-406-7616

Call For Free 15/M Consultation

Facebook

Twitter

Search
Menu
Westlake Legal Group > fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes

2nd California child molester dies after inmate’s cane attack, authorities say

A second convicted child molester has died following a fellow inmate’s attack with a walking cane at a central California prison, authorities said Wednesday.

The second victim was identified as Graham De Luis-Conti, 62. Authorities said he died in a hospital Sunday, three days after being struck in the head at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, about 50 miles south of Fresno.

‘PILLOWCASE RAPIST’ WHO TERRORIZED WOMEN DECADES AGO ARRESTED IN FLORIDA, POLICE SAY

Authorities initially said the second victim remained in critical condition Monday but the information was revised Wednesday.

The suspect in the Jan. 16 beatings, inmate Jonathan Watson, 41, is also accused of killing David Bobb, 48, who died on the way to the hospital, authorities said.

Westlake Legal Group jonathan-watson 2nd California child molester dies after inmate’s cane attack, authorities say fox-news/us/us-regions/west/california fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/us/crime/homicide fox-news/us/crime fox news fnc/us fnc Dom Calicchio article 49020ae6-359f-5395-bee4-944a6faac95c

Jonathan Watson, 41, used a walking cane to cause multiple head wounds to two fellow inmates at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, officials said. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

Bobb was also struck in the head multiple times.

Watson has served 10 years of a life sentence for first-degree murder and discharging firearm causing great bodily injury or death.

The motive of the cane attack remained under investigation, said spokeswoman Terri Hardy of the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

De Luis-Conti had been imprisoned since June 2001 after receiving a life sentence for aggravated assault against a child under 14, FOX 26 of Fresno reported.

Bobb had been serving a life sentence since October 2005 after receiving a life sentence for aggravated assault against a child under 14, the station reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Westlake Legal Group jonathan-watson 2nd California child molester dies after inmate’s cane attack, authorities say fox-news/us/us-regions/west/california fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/us/crime/homicide fox-news/us/crime fox news fnc/us fnc Dom Calicchio article 49020ae6-359f-5395-bee4-944a6faac95c   Westlake Legal Group jonathan-watson 2nd California child molester dies after inmate’s cane attack, authorities say fox-news/us/us-regions/west/california fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/us/crime/homicide fox-news/us/crime fox news fnc/us fnc Dom Calicchio article 49020ae6-359f-5395-bee4-944a6faac95c

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Denver police officer accused of sexually assaulting woman he met during investigation

A Denver police officer has been arrested after a woman he met during an investigation last month accused him of sexual assault, authorities said Saturday.

Johnny Leon-Alvarez, 29, was booked at the Denver Detention Center in the investigation of a sexual assault reported early Friday and was suspended without pay, the Denver Police Department said in a statement. He has been a Denver police officer since 2018.

MISSOURI COP ACCUSED OF MANSLAUGHTER AFTER KILLING GIRL, 4, IN ON-DUTY ACCIDENT

An arrest affidavit said Leon-Alvarez first met the 27-year-old victim last month when he and other officers responded to a domestic call at her home, FOX31 Denver reported. The woman told police she called “regarding an argument she had with her significant other.”

Leon-Alvarez kept in touch with the woman following the call, according to local media that obtained the affidavit.

Westlake Legal Group johnny-leon-alvarez-crop Denver police officer accused of sexually assaulting woman he met during investigation Stephen Sorace fox-news/us/us-regions/west/colorado fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/us/crime/police-and-law-enforcement fox-news/us/crime fox news fnc/us fnc d739cea3-b3e4-53e8-bf38-ebf0ae28525e article

Leon-Alvarez was suspended without pay from the police department during the investigation of sexual assault reported early Friday, according to a statement by Denver police officials. (Denver Police Department via AP)

“One of the officers who responded began texting her afterward to check on her,” the Denver Post reported, citing the affidavit. “Over time the (texts) became flirty, until the previous evening (Thursday) when they arranged to go on a date.”

The woman said in her statement that they had a “couple of shots and a couple of beers” before Leon-Alvarez drove her home just after midnight on Friday. She said she does not remember how Leon-Alvarez got into her house, where she told him “no” and tried to push him off of her.

The roommate corroborated the woman’s report, saying she heard the woman say “no” and “please stop” several times, according to the affidavit.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

Leon-Alvarez was held Saturday at the detention center, with bail set at $50,000. He was released later that day, FOX31 reported.

Westlake Legal Group johnny-leon-alvarez-full Denver police officer accused of sexually assaulting woman he met during investigation Stephen Sorace fox-news/us/us-regions/west/colorado fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/us/crime/police-and-law-enforcement fox-news/us/crime fox news fnc/us fnc d739cea3-b3e4-53e8-bf38-ebf0ae28525e article   Westlake Legal Group johnny-leon-alvarez-full Denver police officer accused of sexually assaulting woman he met during investigation Stephen Sorace fox-news/us/us-regions/west/colorado fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/us/crime/police-and-law-enforcement fox-news/us/crime fox news fnc/us fnc d739cea3-b3e4-53e8-bf38-ebf0ae28525e article

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Snapchat plea for help saves California girl, 14, from being forced into prostitution

Snapchat message a 14-year-old California girl sent to friends saved her from being forced into prostitution by three men — one of whom was charged with raping her, according to news reports.

Police in San Jose, Calif., said the girl sent the message Tuesday morning as she was being driven by the strangers 40 miles to a motel.

Citing court documents, KPIX-TV said the girl, who had been drugged, wrote, “Somebody help me. I’m in a random man’s car … I am not in Santa Cruz. Where am I?”

<img src="https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2020/01/640/320/Mugshots-San-Jose-Police-Department.jpg?ve=1&tl=1" alt="Mugshots for Albert Vasquez, 55, Antonio Quirino Salvador, 34, and Hediberto Gonzalez Avarenga, 31.
  “>

Mugshots for Albert Vasquez, 55, Antonio Quirino Salvador, 34, and Hediberto Gonzalez Avarenga, 31.<br>    (San Jose Police Department)

MISSING CALIFORNIA COUPLE FOUND DEAD IN TIJUANA, SON-IN-LAW ARRESTED

“The victim’s friends determined the victim’s location through the Snapchat app and called 911,” San Jose Police Sgt. Enrique Garcia said in a news release Thursday.

After determining the girl was at the E-Z 8 Motel, officers went there and arrested Albert Vasquez, 55, of San Jose, as he was leaving a second-floor room, Fox 2 San Francisco reported. The girl was found inside the room.

Vasquez was arrested on charges that included kidnapping and rape.

RECENTLY RELEASED CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER NABBED FOR EXPOSING HIMSELF, ASSAULTING WOMAN ON GREYHOUND BUS

Alleged accomplices Antonio Quirino Salvador, 34, and Hediberto Gonzalez Avarenga, 31, both of Fremont, Calif., were charged with kidnapping, Garcia said. They were arrested Wednesday.

Police said the girl was being held against her will at the motel and threatened with being forced into prostitution, KPIX reported.

“Follow-up investigation by detectives revealed suspect Vasquez met the victim in the City of Capitola on January 14th,” Garcia said in the release. “Vasquez gave the victim drugs and she became incapacitated.”

He said Vasquez then enlisted the help of Salvador and Avarenga to drive her to the motel.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Garcia said Vazquez sexually assaulted the victim in the car and in the motel room.

Westlake Legal Group Mugshots-San-Jose-Police-Department Snapchat plea for help saves California girl, 14, from being forced into prostitution Robert Gearty fox-news/us/us-regions/west/california fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox news fnc/us fnc article 95b5169c-b0c8-5e7d-ab58-6fed9b292ca3   Westlake Legal Group Mugshots-San-Jose-Police-Department Snapchat plea for help saves California girl, 14, from being forced into prostitution Robert Gearty fox-news/us/us-regions/west/california fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox news fnc/us fnc article 95b5169c-b0c8-5e7d-ab58-6fed9b292ca3

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Inside the shadowy, unspoken world of prison rape

It was a secret that Jason, a Mississippi state inmate, couldn’t keep locked up in his mind any longer.

“I was in protective custody, and he was a general population inmate. He told me he was going to get me,” the inmate documented in written testimony, viewed by Fox News. “I came out of my cell for a shower when he called me to his cell. Then he pulled a knife on me.”

Jason chillingly recalled how he was thrown down despite his objections, the blade at this throat, and his perpetrator’s harsh threats not to make a sound; otherwise, he would be killed.

“Then, he raped me. He told me if I tell anyone, he would kill me. I went back to my cell and scrubbed myself with a rag,” the scrawled recollection underscored. “I took a bunch of pills and tried to commit suicide.”

Westlake Legal Group AP19348811054803 Inside the shadowy, unspoken world of prison rape Hollie McKay fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/us/crime/rape fox-news/politics/justice-department fox-news/health/reproductive-health/sexual-health fox news fnc/us fnc e6aa5850-66c3-55dd-9ae3-23c896708dd4 article

This 2016 photo shows a solitary confinement cell known as “the bing,” at New York’s Rikers Island. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

While Jason said he made it through the ordeal – now referring to himself as a “survivor” – he has pledged not to stay silent in the hopes of “making a difference.” And, he is far from alone in the ever-murky, unspoken world of rape and sexual assault behind bars.

“This type of violence is rampant in U.S. prisons and jails. Every year, a staggering 200,000 people are sexually abused while locked up,” Jesse Lerner-Kinglake, a spokesman for health and human rights organization Just Detention International, citing the most recent available data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), told Fox News. “Both inmates and corrections officers perpetuate abuse, and contrary to public perception, at least half of all abuse is committed by officers.”

MALE RAPE EMERGING AS ONE OF THE MOST UNDER-REPORTED WEAPONS OF WAR

A report released late last year by the Department of Justice (DOJ), entitled, “Sexual Victimization Reported by Youth in Juvenile Facilities, 2018” – based on anonymous surveys issued to over 6,000 young people in detention facilities across the country – found that the percentage of youth reporting sexual assault declined from 9.5 percent in 2012 to 7.1 percent in 2018.

Correctional administrators reported 24,661 allegations of sexual victimization in 2015, nearly triple the number recorded in 2011. Among the allegations in 2015, a total of 1,473 were substantiated, 10,142 were unfounded, 10,313 were unsubstantiated and 2,733 were still under investigation, BJS reported.

Moreover, substantiated allegations rose from 902 in 2011 to 1,473 in 2015 – up 63 percent.

In 2003, Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), making it compulsory that BJS “carry out a comprehensive statistical review and analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape” each year and that it had to include the identification of the common characteristics of both victims and perpetrators and pinpoint the places with frequent incidents of prison rape.

Westlake Legal Group HMP-Berwyn-1-Getty Inside the shadowy, unspoken world of prison rape Hollie McKay fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/us/crime/rape fox-news/politics/justice-department fox-news/health/reproductive-health/sexual-health fox news fnc/us fnc e6aa5850-66c3-55dd-9ae3-23c896708dd4 article

Some 24,661 allegations of sexual victimization were reported in U.S. correctional facilities in 2015. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images, File)

In 2012, the DOJ put in place nationally enforceable mechanisms in an effort to expand upon the 2003 requirements aimed at preventing, detecting and responding to prison rape more effectively. Such requisites included prohibiting juveniles from being incarcerated with adults, video monitoring and a stop on cross-gender, pat-down searches.

Progress has been made, but the road has been long and winding.

“Not nearly enough is being done to combat the problem. Sexual abuse in detention is totally preventable, and the fact that it happens at all is shameful. Corrections officials are duty-bound to prevent this violence,” Lerner-Kinglake contended. “The investigations process is, overall, not adequate. The PREA rules do a good job of outlining what steps investigators must take and how investigations should be conducted – applying the same guidelines that any sexual assault investigation should follow.”

He acknowledged that while some facilities were making good faith efforts to conduct strong investigations, their most recent data showed that less than seven percent of sex-abuse reports were substantiated.

And, it’s an issue that’s affected both men and women behind bars.

Activists and the DOJ have pointed to cases where corrections officers have raped and impregnated incarcerated women. In some cases, inmates were raped to pay off debts; the crimes often were worse in overcrowded locations. Critics also said that, given the shame and fear surrounding the sensitive nature of the crimes, many incidents went under-reported.

The issue also has compounded concerns regarding the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

Prisons and jails, according to BJS, have seen considerably higher rates of HIV than the general population. The most recent statistics showed roughly 2.2 million people in jail or prison in the U.S. According to BJS, about 1.5 percent of all inmates in state and federal prisons had HIV or AIDS, four times the prevalence rate of HIV in the general population.

Human Rights Watch pointed out that those most vulnerable to predators typically included those who were “young, small in size, physically weak, white, gay, first offender, possessing ‘feminine’ characteristics such as long hair or high voice; being unassertive, unaggressive, shy, intellectual, not street-smart or ‘passive’; or having been convicted of a sexual offense against a minor.”

In a statement provided to Fox News, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) underscored that it has taken “allegations of sexual misconduct seriously,” holding inmates “accountable for their actions.”

“We are committed to protecting the rights of our incarcerated population, and inmates are encouraged to immediately report allegations of sexual misconduct,” the statement continued. “All new staff are provided mandatory training on how to handle a PREA allegation and staff at all BOP correctional institutions receive annual training on procedures to address sexual misconduct, including inmate education and providing security to inmates who allege they are victims.”

Data provided on the federal level showed that from 2014 to 2018, serious sexual assault allegations grew from .01 per 1,000 inmates to .04 per 1,000 inmates, and in 2019 dropped again to .01 per 1,000.

However, Just Detention International has accused the government of omitting crucial data, such as failing to analyze groups such as youth with a history of sexual victimization who have been especially vulnerable, and underscoring the dynamics of staff abuse as in past reports.

“It’s clear that we’re making progress in the effort to prevent sexual abuse, but leaving out this information means that advocates and corrections officials alike have to move forward with one arm tied behind our back,” noted Lovisa Stannow, Just Detention’s executive director, who further emphasized that despite the overall dip, “there are youth facilities with appallingly high rates.”

LEGAL EAGLE RECALLS LAUNCHING CAREER IN DEFENSE OF JAPANESE WAR CRIMINALS

Jesse Kelley, the government affairs manager overseeing criminal justice policy at the R Street Institute think tank, stressed that the 2015 BJS report found that 58 percent of the allegations of sexual assault were made against corrections officers. In her view, not enough was being done to stop the assaults.

“Any crime that is committed within a prison should be investigated and prosecuted like any other offense that occurred outside of prison,” Kelley said. “Each detention facility should have a safety plan in place to limit any interaction between an accused guard and the reporting individual, at least until an adjudication is made.”

According to one convicted white-collar offender who recently spent over five years in federal prison at various custody levels and at multiple facilities, but requested his name not be used, inmates frequently were made aware of PREA and “how seriously” administrators were taking it.

But, each lockup had its own interpretation.

“At higher-security spots, they tend to focus more on rape as you would envision in the movies, guys that are lifers who prey on weak individuals and who wouldn’t think twice about killing you,” the insider revealed. “It’s a very different mindset in higher spots. The bottom line is that real dangerous rape is happening at the higher-security facilities where you have more predators and dangerous longtime convicts.”

Westlake Legal Group Central-Men-s-Jail-California-2017 Inside the shadowy, unspoken world of prison rape Hollie McKay fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/us/crime/rape fox-news/politics/justice-department fox-news/health/reproductive-health/sexual-health fox news fnc/us fnc e6aa5850-66c3-55dd-9ae3-23c896708dd4 article

Los Angeles County deputies inspecting a cell block at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles in 2012. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Rape also has been used as a form of punishment within the prison community, the former inmate underscored, taking place in pockets that were “out of sight, more controlled by the group doing the preying, and places routinely not within the eye or earshot of a corrections officer.”

“It’s a political and press nightmare, and there will be scapegoats like in the [Jeffrey] Epstein officers who happened to be on shift at the time,” the source added. “I guarantee almost every officer has signed off of something that is way less than accurate.”

Two corrections officers faced charges of falsifying prison records after Epstein, the disgraced financier and convicted pedophile, turned up dead in his jail cell in New York City last August. The officers pleaded not guilty.

Just Detention asserted that victims of behind-bars sexual abuse were the “forgotten voices” of the #MeToo movement and that many people assumed that it was an inevitable part of prison life even during a time of accountability and heightened awareness. The group’s tagline: “Rape is not part of the penalty.”

Victims often have been trapped in hopeless situations – a perpetual cycle of frequent abuse, according to the experts.

However, others working closely in the system argued that prominent strides have been made in recent years, and much more was being done to counter what was once a festering epidemic cloaked by the obscurity of humiliation.

Gabe Morales, a 30-year corrections veteran and the executive director of Criminal Justice Solutions, which has provided training and career development in an endeavor to reduce crime in communities, concurred that jails and prisons have been on the path of improvement.

“The older, linear-celled style jails and prisons did not provide much observation by staff. Many facilities are now direct supervision. There is still the occasional inmate or inmate rape if double-celled or in enclosed areas that are not well-supervised,” he said.

But, the problem still has persisted.

“Usually, rape is inmate-on-inmate and not seen or condoned by the staff. Sexual relations by staff often happens by inmate manipulation whereby the staff is compromised to bring in drugs and contraband or be reported,” Morales noted. “Usually [the assault] happens at night, but sometimes in secluded areas in the daytime.”

He emphasized that he has never seen administrators turn a “blind eye” to such incidences, but he has encountered a “few bad apples” among the staff over his lengthy career.

“It was often done in teams of two or three, so they could have lookouts, but there are very secrets in corrections,” Morales continued. “Eventually someone tells, or they are caught in the act. If the staff was accused – and there were probably more false accusations by inmates for manipulation purposes, revenge, or trying to get rid of hard-nosed staff – the staff was immediately reassigned or put on administrative leave. If anything, PREA has made officials overreact because they do not want to sued or monitored more closely by the DOJ.”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

And, across the board, people working with survivors and inside the dark walls of incarceration have agreed about why the issue of prison rape rarely made headline news.

“A lot of the public – especially victims of crime – believe offenders deserve whatever punishment they get,” Morales added. “Many non-corrections civilians think inmates have it too good.”

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6122153016001_6122158806001-vs Inside the shadowy, unspoken world of prison rape Hollie McKay fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/us/crime/rape fox-news/politics/justice-department fox-news/health/reproductive-health/sexual-health fox news fnc/us fnc e6aa5850-66c3-55dd-9ae3-23c896708dd4 article   Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6122153016001_6122158806001-vs Inside the shadowy, unspoken world of prison rape Hollie McKay fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/us/crime/rape fox-news/politics/justice-department fox-news/health/reproductive-health/sexual-health fox news fnc/us fnc e6aa5850-66c3-55dd-9ae3-23c896708dd4 article

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

NY man held in murder, sex assault of 92-year-old woman claims his ‘pants fell’ before alleged contact

Westlake Legal Group crime-scene-tape NY man held in murder, sex assault of 92-year-old woman claims his ‘pants fell’ before alleged contact New York Post Joe Marino fox-news/us/us-regions/northeast/new-york fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/us/crime/homicide fox-news/travel/vacation-destinations/new-york-city fnc/us fnc c01702b5-6a76-51fb-b719-a07d001590f9 Ben Feuerherd article

The man accused of sexually assaulting and killing a 92-year-old woman in Queens claimed to cops that he’d been trying to help the old woman — but then he lost his balance, his belt broke, his pants fell down and his genitals accidentally came in contact with hers, it was revealed in court Friday.

The suspect, 21-year-old Reeaz Khan, told detectives that he found the woman, Maria Fuertes, on the ground near Liberty Avenue and 127th Street in Richmond Hill at about midnight on Monday and tried to help her, a prosecutor said at his arraignment on Friday.

Khan told detectives, “He fell down, his belt broke, his pants fell down and his penis fell near her vagina,” the prosecutor, Joseph Grasso, said in court.

BRITISH WOMAN, 21, JAILED FOR ALLEGEDLY DISGUISING HERSELF AS TEEN BOY TO PREY ON GIRLS ONLINE

At that point, something came over him, Khan claimed.

“Defendant then stated that he did lift up her skirt and he tried to put his penis inside of her,”  the prosecutor added.

Sources previously said Khan admitted to suffering “uncontrollable urges,” and said that this was the first time he acted on them.

Fuertes lay half-dressed in 32-degree weather for two hours before she was found, conscious but “incoherent,” at around 2 a.m., according to the criminal complaint.

She suffered a broken spine, rib fractures and bruising on her chest and neck, among other injuries, according to court papers.

Prosecutors noted investigators have collected significant surveillance footage that places Khan at the scene and traces him back to his house.

He was ordered held without bond and is due back in court on Jan. 15.

His defense attorney asked the judge that he be placed in protective custody while he is behind bars.

Khan allegedly followed Fuertes from Liberty Avenue onto 127th Street, where he came up behind her, threw her to the ground and attacked and sexually assaulted her, police said.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“There was some sort of physical contact between the two … causing both of them to fall to the ground, where they landed behind a parked car,” Deputy Chief of Detective Bureau Queens South Joseph Kenny said earlier Friday.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, noting the victim was found “with her clothes pulled above her waist and near death,” called the slaying “a senseless, brutal act of violence.”

Westlake Legal Group crime-scene-tape NY man held in murder, sex assault of 92-year-old woman claims his ‘pants fell’ before alleged contact New York Post Joe Marino fox-news/us/us-regions/northeast/new-york fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/us/crime/homicide fox-news/travel/vacation-destinations/new-york-city fnc/us fnc c01702b5-6a76-51fb-b719-a07d001590f9 Ben Feuerherd article   Westlake Legal Group crime-scene-tape NY man held in murder, sex assault of 92-year-old woman claims his ‘pants fell’ before alleged contact New York Post Joe Marino fox-news/us/us-regions/northeast/new-york fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/us/crime/homicide fox-news/travel/vacation-destinations/new-york-city fnc/us fnc c01702b5-6a76-51fb-b719-a07d001590f9 Ben Feuerherd article

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Man facing child-sex charges who escaped to Mexico is caught, extradited to California

A fugitive wanted for more than a decade on child sex charges was recently arrested in Mexico and extradited to California to face trial, FBI officials said Monday.

Jose Cruz Naranjo Silva, 77, was arrested in 2006 on charges of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, the FBI said in a press release.

Westlake Legal Group Silva Man facing child-sex charges who escaped to Mexico is caught, extradited to California fox-news/us/us-regions/west/california fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/us/crime fox news fnc/us fnc d1ae8b91-3c44-5a13-9c73-8322697bdc0a Bradford Betz article

Jose Cruz Naranjo remains in custody at the Sacramento County Jail. (Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office)

Silva was charged by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office on July 20, 2006, but fled the U.S. while on bail, according to the FBI.

In May 2008, the FBI obtained a federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution at the request of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

Silva evaded authorities until the Mexican government found him in Guadalajara last year. Mexican authorities detained Silva on Aug. 19, 2019, pending extradition to the United States.

FBI agents escorted Silva from Mexico to Sacramento on Friday. He was then remanded to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department for transport to the Sacramento County Jail, according to the agency.

VIRGINIA DAD PUMMELS MAN IN BEDROOM ALLEGEDLY MOLESTING YOUNG KIDS, POLICE SAY

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Interpol in Mexico City and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, worked together to enable Silva’s capture and extradition.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Silva remains in custody and is ineligible for bail, according to the Sacramento Bee. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Silva had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Westlake Legal Group Silva Man facing child-sex charges who escaped to Mexico is caught, extradited to California fox-news/us/us-regions/west/california fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/us/crime fox news fnc/us fnc d1ae8b91-3c44-5a13-9c73-8322697bdc0a Bradford Betz article   Westlake Legal Group Silva Man facing child-sex charges who escaped to Mexico is caught, extradited to California fox-news/us/us-regions/west/california fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/us/crime fox news fnc/us fnc d1ae8b91-3c44-5a13-9c73-8322697bdc0a Bradford Betz article

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Harvey Weinstein expected in court as trial set to get underway

Westlake Legal Group AP20003657159750 Harvey Weinstein expected in court as trial set to get underway Sasha Savitsky fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/entertainment/events/scandal fox-news/entertainment/events/in-court fnc/entertainment fnc Associated Press article ae8f0036-591d-568e-8bd5-e352e00962f9

Harvey Weinstein is expected to be in a New York court Monday as his lawyers and a judge handle the final preparation for his trial on charges of rape and sexual assault.

After more than two years since the allegations first came to widespread public attention and catalyzed the #MeToo movement, jury selection is scheduled to start this week.

The disgraced movie mogul faces allegations that he raped one woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN VOWS HE’LL BE ‘FULLY EXONERATED’ AT NEW YORK TRIAL

The 67-year-old has pleaded not guilty and says any sexual activity was consensual. If he’s convicted of the most serious charges against him, two counts of predatory sexual assault, Weinstein faces a mandatory life sentence.

For that to happen, prosecutors must demonstrate Weinstein had a habit of violating women. To that end, they plan to call actress Annabella Sciorra, who says Weinstein forced himself inside her Manhattan apartment in 1993 or 1994 and raped her after she starred in a film for his movie studio.

They also want jurors to hear from some of the more than 75 women who have come forward publicly to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to assault. The first allegations were brought to light by The New York Times and The New Yorker in October 2017.

WEINSTEIN ACCUSER REVEALS SHE STILL HAS ‘NIGHTMARES’

Weinstein’s lawyer, Donna Rotunno, has argued the case is weak and said she plans to aggressively cross-examine the accusers.

Picking a jury for Weinstein’s trial could take a while, in part because immense media attention on the case could mean some potential jurors already have their minds made up. Weinstein’s lawyers tried to get the trial moved out of Manhattan, but a court rejected that.

Westlake Legal Group AP20003657159750 Harvey Weinstein expected in court as trial set to get underway Sasha Savitsky fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/entertainment/events/scandal fox-news/entertainment/events/in-court fnc/entertainment fnc Associated Press article ae8f0036-591d-568e-8bd5-e352e00962f9   Westlake Legal Group AP20003657159750 Harvey Weinstein expected in court as trial set to get underway Sasha Savitsky fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/entertainment/events/scandal fox-news/entertainment/events/in-court fnc/entertainment fnc Associated Press article ae8f0036-591d-568e-8bd5-e352e00962f9

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Illinois Uber driver imprisoned for abusing passenger to face trial after allegedly trying to ‘silence’ victim

A former Uber driver in Illinois who was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for sexually abusing a passenger will stand trial this week on charges that he also tried to hire someone to “hurt or silence” the victim, according to a report.

Ahmed Tawfeeq, 29, of the Chicago suburb of Elgin, was convicted in November of criminal sexual abuse, attempted sexual assault, promoting prostitution, aggravated battery and unlawful restraint.

The conviction stemmed from a June 2017 incident in which Tawfeeq picked up a woman in his car. On the way home, he asked her “if she had any interest in being a prostitute,” prosecutors said. He then turned off the Uber app and attacked her in a parking lot, according to investigators.

Westlake Legal Group Illinois Illinois Uber driver imprisoned for abusing passenger to face trial after allegedly trying to 'silence' victim fox-news/us/us-regions/midwest/illinois fox-news/us/crime/trials fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox news fnc/us fnc dd0d0bfe-42f6-52ab-a654-3e517a4bc296 Bradford Betz article

Ahmed Tawfeeq faced new charges that he tried to pay off someone to silence a woman he sexually abused. (McHenry County state’s attorney)

On Monday, Tawfeeq is to face a new trial on allegations that he offered to post bond for a fellow McHenry County Jail inmate and an additional $6,000 to “kidnap” the woman, the Chicago Tribune reported.

A court filing cited by the Tribune showed that Taqfeeq told an inmate he “raped a … girl in his Uber cab and that he needed someone to threaten the girl, kidnap her, or beat her so she wouldn’t testify.”

MARYLAND COP CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE COUNTS OF RAPE, SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY

Before he was sentenced Friday, McHenry Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Ann Scholl said Tawfeeq used his position to prey on the woman, and that a sex offender evaluation suggested he was an “above average risk” to re-offend.

She added that the harm Tawfeeq caused the victim was compounded by his alleged attempt to hire someone to “hurt or silence her.”

Court county records cited by the Tribune showed that Tawfeeq also faced domestic battery charges for allegedly intimidating a female relative while he was out on bond.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Tawfeeq has denied all charges against him.

His lawyer, Brian Shields, said the victim’s testimony was not credible and Tawfeeq’s actions “did not cause serious physical harm to anyone.”

Westlake Legal Group Illinois Illinois Uber driver imprisoned for abusing passenger to face trial after allegedly trying to 'silence' victim fox-news/us/us-regions/midwest/illinois fox-news/us/crime/trials fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox news fnc/us fnc dd0d0bfe-42f6-52ab-a654-3e517a4bc296 Bradford Betz article   Westlake Legal Group Illinois Illinois Uber driver imprisoned for abusing passenger to face trial after allegedly trying to 'silence' victim fox-news/us/us-regions/midwest/illinois fox-news/us/crime/trials fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox news fnc/us fnc dd0d0bfe-42f6-52ab-a654-3e517a4bc296 Bradford Betz article

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Noel Yeatts: New Year’s resolutions that matter — four ways you can change the world

Westlake Legal Group eb2a31bf-AP250356562409_10 Noel Yeatts: New Year's resolutions that matter — four ways you can change the world Noel Yeatts fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/opinion fox-news/faith-values fox news fnc/opinion fnc c34e004f-19c6-5a28-9a2f-2bc1d60a4e29 article

In 2020, many of us will resolve to live better lives — eat healthier, make more money, get organized and kick bad habits. And while these are all great resolutions to have, I was recently inspired by a traditional Franciscan blessing to make a few more unconventional resolutions for the new year:

I want to be uncomfortable, get angry more often, cry more and be foolish.

Now, most people may not think these are good things to aspire to. In fact, I’m sure many of us actively avoid being uncomfortable or crying and consider getting angry and being foolish as negative character traits. But these unconventional resolutions may just help us have the most meaningful and impactful year we’ve ever had.

JOSEPH D’SOUZA: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN 2020 — THREE KEY CHALLENGES AND HOW TO FIGHT BACK

Allow me to explain:

1. Be uncomfortable 

One of my favorite quotes comes from Princess Diana. She said, “You can’t comfort the afflicted without afflicting the comfortable.”

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR OPINION NEWSLETTER

Diana, who lived a short yet remarkable life, was well known for her charity work, especially with AIDS patients. At a time when they faced much public rejection for their condition, Diana hugged them and held their hands. She became the first member of the British royal family to touch an AIDS patient, and in the process helped remove the stigma surrounding the condition.

Diana was willing to make herself uncomfortable to care for people who needed her help.

More from Opinion

As a humanitarian who works in issues dominated by taboos, I have come to understand Diana’s words. I have found that talking about freeing girls from the sex trade makes people uncomfortable. Even in our post-MeToo world, it’s often deemed seedy and vulgar to talk about such things. But they are conversations that need to happen.

If we stay in our nice, safe little bubbles and put on blinders to the ugliness in our world, we’ll never be moved to help. We all need a little discomfort to move us to get things done.

2. Get angry 

Have you ever been in a situation so unjust that it fills you with rage? This happened to me a few weeks ago when I traveled to Thailand, where our organization, World Help, works to free girls trapped in the sex industry. I saw girls, identified only by a number, being sold for the night, and it made me angry, really angry.

When we’re faced with some of the greatest issues of our day, we could all stand to get a little more riled up. 

While anger is often associated with negative emotions, I believe it can be a good thing. You see, anger doesn’t let us sit around in the face of injustice. It moves us to action.

That’s why I want more anger in 2020 because taking on issues like the sex trade is going to take righteous anger boiling up inside us. When we’re faced with some of the greatest issues of our day, we could all stand to get a little more riled up.

3. Cry more 

I also believe we could all stand to shed a few more tears.

Did you know research shows most people produce 15 to 30 gallons of tears each year? And we need those tears because they keep our eyes lubricated and help us see more clearly. The tears we shed out of grief can also help us see the world much better.

Tears prove that our hearts are still soft, open and able to be moved. They show our empathy and allow us to truly feel for another person.

Certainly, if we broke down and cried every time we saw a need, we’d all be basket cases. However, shedding a few tears now and then can be a sign of strength, demonstrating that you care enough to do something.

4. Be foolish 

The Franciscan blessing I mentioned earlier ends with this line: “May God bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in this world so that we can do what others claim cannot be done.”

This is the kind of foolish I’m talking about. I don’t mean being unwise and living dangerously. I mean dreaming big, taking risks on someone else’s behalf and trying to achieve the impossible.

By the world’s standards, much of what I do is foolish or lacks good common sense. I leave my family and travel to potentially dangerous parts of the world, engage with people many consider “untouchable” and focus on issues that seem too big to solve.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

But I’d rather make a mistake in the name of love and kindness than be “smart” by the world’s standards and let fear evaporate all compassion from my heart.

So this next year I encourage you to live a little differently than the last one by embracing these unconventional resolutions. They may be what we need to change the world.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE BY NOEL YEATTS

Westlake Legal Group eb2a31bf-AP250356562409_10 Noel Yeatts: New Year's resolutions that matter — four ways you can change the world Noel Yeatts fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/opinion fox-news/faith-values fox news fnc/opinion fnc c34e004f-19c6-5a28-9a2f-2bc1d60a4e29 article   Westlake Legal Group eb2a31bf-AP250356562409_10 Noel Yeatts: New Year's resolutions that matter — four ways you can change the world Noel Yeatts fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/opinion fox-news/faith-values fox news fnc/opinion fnc c34e004f-19c6-5a28-9a2f-2bc1d60a4e29 article

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Patriots owner Robert Kraft could face felony charge in prostitution case, prosecutors’ new filing suggests

Legal trouble for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft stemming from back-to-back visits to a Florida massage parlor last January appears to have gotten worse after prosecutors submitted a new court document last week.

The filing from the state Attorney General’s Office suggests the 78-year-old Kraft, who has owned the six-time Super Bowl champions since 1994, could face a third-degree felony charge — and possibly five years behind bars — if the state wins an appeal of a judge’s May ruling that tossed out all evidence collected against Kraft, including videos.

NAVY FOOTBALL TRAVELS ‘THE RIGHT WAY,’ TAKES NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS PRIVATE JET TO LIBERTY BOWL

That judge ruled that police lacked a “sneak and peek” warrant when they operated cameras non-stop for five days inside the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, which authorities say Kraft patronized last Jan. 19 and 20, according to the Sun Sentinel of South Florida.

Westlake Legal Group kraft Patriots owner Robert Kraft could face felony charge in prostitution case, prosecutors’ new filing suggests fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/florida fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/sports/nfl/new-england-patriots fox-news/sports/nfl fox news fnc/sports fnc Dom Calicchio article 56f773fb-eea5-571e-ad14-8e6b0886fe67

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, arrives at U.S. Bank Stadium before the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis, Feb. 4, 2018. (Associated Press)

Kraft, a part-time resident of Palm Beach, is accused of paying for sex acts at the business, the newspaper reported. While soliciting prostitution is normally a misdemeanor, Kraft’s new predicament appears to stem from allegedly having paid for sex “on multiple days,” according to the report.

The billionaire’s legal team had argued that police went to excessive lengths to crack down on what amounted to misdemeanor offenses – and violated Kraft’s Fourth Amendment right to protection from unlawful searches and seizures. But the state’s attorneys argued that police were investigating a broader scope of possible offenses that included the more serious charge of sex trafficking.

“The investigation at issue here culminated in numerous felony charges against the owner, manager, and employees of the Spa,” the state’s attorneys wrote Dec. 17, according to the Sun Sentinel. “In addition, any person who purchased prostitution services on multiple days, as Mr. Kraft did, committed a felony.”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Nearly 300 men were charged last February in connection with the investigation, which examined operations at 10 Florida spas.

Lawyers for the state are seeking to make their case in person before the 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach.

The Sun Sentinel was unable to reach Kraft’s lawyers for comment.

Westlake Legal Group kraft Patriots owner Robert Kraft could face felony charge in prostitution case, prosecutors’ new filing suggests fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/florida fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/sports/nfl/new-england-patriots fox-news/sports/nfl fox news fnc/sports fnc Dom Calicchio article 56f773fb-eea5-571e-ad14-8e6b0886fe67   Westlake Legal Group kraft Patriots owner Robert Kraft could face felony charge in prostitution case, prosecutors’ new filing suggests fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/florida fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/sports/nfl/new-england-patriots fox-news/sports/nfl fox news fnc/sports fnc Dom Calicchio article 56f773fb-eea5-571e-ad14-8e6b0886fe67

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com