The clergy has taken countless public hits from sexual abuse cases over the last several decades, to the point that instances of sexual assault by members of the church have become quite common. These days, mothers and fathers have taken the threat of sexual abuse to their children by church members as a serious threat, with many taking preventative action to protect their children in one way or another.
A recent incident in which a man who claimed to be teaching bible study to two young male relatives once again exposes religious gatherings as an easy target for sexual predators. James Ray Guerrero, a 54-year-old man who was known to host meetings of the church and Bible study from his Westminster home was found guilty of lewd acts upon a child under 14, distributing pornographic materials to a minor, substantial sexual conduct with a child, and enhancements for doing so with more than one child. Continue reading
Itzcoatl Ocampo has long been suspected to be the culprit of several high-profile homeless man murders, and with good reason. Ocampo reportedly told Orange County police detailed information about why he chose to target homeless men for the murders in question. What drew special attention to Ocampo’s case may have been the number of people he allegedly murdered (sources say six), or even the number of times he was accused of stabbing his victims (some victims as many as 50 stab wounds), but it was instead the fact that Itzcoatl Ocampo was a decorated ex-marine.
Needless to say, Ocampo’s abilities allegedly helped him commit multiple murders throughout the Orange County area, and, in the end, helped him to seal his own fate. Ocampo’s defense attorney made statements that investigators believe Ocampo committed suicide by dosing himself with a lethal amount of Ajax powder, a common household product for which a similar substitute is given to inmates at their request to clean their own cells. Investigators did not relay the same information, but instead offered that it would be premature to say with certainty how Ocampo died.
Ocampo’s pretrial hearing was scheduled for a date in January of 2014 for murders committed between October of 2011 and January 2012. The people for which Ocampo was accused of killing included Juan Herrera, Raquel Estrada, James Patrick McGillivray, Lloyd Middaugh, John Berry, and Paulus Smit. All of the victims were fatally stabbed. Continue reading
UCI and Southern California schools in general have been lucky enough to have avoided instances of mass shootings, but had one student neglected to spot a 28-year-old male attempting to conceal a loaded firearm, a tragedy may have occurred. Last week, Manas Moole Reddy was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm, and possession of ammunition while on campus at UC Irvine. The district attorney alleges that Reddy was standing in a parking lot with a revolver loaded with six shots on Monday November 18th. With a shoulder bag strapped across his chest, a female student was able to see the gun, at which time Reddy realized that he had been spotted with a weapon. Reddy ran while the female called the police.
UCI Police immediately responded by establishing a perimeter and pursuing the gunman, which resulted in Reddy’s arrest soon after. The female student who identified Reddy has requested to remain anonymous. Continue reading
A Newport Beach plastic surgeon was arrested and charged last week for committing medical insurance fraud and perjury while under oath. The doctor, Jay W. Calvert, allegedly performed multiple unnecessary procedures on his clients which damaged their long-term health. According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, Calvert over-billed his patient’s insurance company by more than $40,000 and performed additional procedures despite the patient’s request.
During a civil lawsuit pursued on behalf of Calvert’s patient, Calvert made statements that prosecutors believe are false. Now, in addition to Calvert’s criminal charges for committing health care fraud, he has also been charged for committing perjury while under oath. Continue reading
A 57-year-old Stanton man was convicted last week after using Craigslist to initiate encounters in which he committed sex crimes with a minor within a parking structure. Mark Aime Brousseau was found guilty of meeting a child with the intention of committing lewd acts as well as committing lewd acts upon a child. Brosseau has yet to be sentenced for his crimes, but faces several years in prison for his offenses.
Craigslist has become a vital tool for people across the U.S. for a variety of different reasons, but criminal acts stemming from contacts created through Craigslist have been steadily increasing. In addition to several high-profile murder cases involving the well-known website, users interested in engaging in the sale or trade of underage and adult sexual conduct has become more frequent as well. Continue reading
A young adult male, Gabriel Ramirez, has been arrested and charged with murder following the brutal stabbing of his own mother. Anaheim police officers responded to a 911 call on October 27th around 9 p.m. to find a 42-year-old woman who had been stabbed multiple times. She was quickly transported to UCI Medical Center where she was soon pronounced dead. Her son, Gabriel Ramirez, was immediately taken into custody without resisting and has since been charged with felony murder as well as a sentencing enhancement relating to his alleged use of a deadly weapon.
According to Anaheim police officials, this was not Gabriel Ramirez’s first run-in with the law at his mother’s Anaheim residence. Officials report that Ramirez has had several contacts with police over the previous year and that Ramirez had been recently released from protective custody due to mental issues prior to his mother’s death. 20-year-old Ramirez was the person who called 911 to report the incident, during which he allegedly admitted to stabbing his mother. Ramirez has multiple younger brothers and sisters who were not injured or home at the time of the murder. Continue reading
129 individuals have been indicted in one of the largest grand jury indictments in Orange County’s history. Historically synonymous with beautiful beaches and laid back atmosphere, Orange County has become a hot bed for gang activity. Santa Ana, one of the largest cities in the county, was a main target in a joint operation conducted by the IRS, Santa Ana Police, Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a wide variety of different charges that paint a picture of mafia-like crimes committed by organized gangs. Continue reading
As the Justice Department eases their hard-nose stance towards schedule I possession offenders, those involved with sales and distribution are seeing increased efforts by law enforcement to attack illegal drug operations closer to the source. Numerous federal and local law enforcement agencies served a dozen search warrants this week resulting in unprecedented seizures of Schedule I narcotics in and around San Diego County.
According to reports, authorities confiscated more than 170 pounds worth of illegal drugs including 30 grams of Marijuana, five pounds of prescribed medications, 14 pounds of heroin, 58 pounds of cocaine, and 93 pounds of methamphetamine. In addition, more than seventy guns and a live grenade were found during the yearlong operation concentrating on the Ramona and Poway areas in Southern California. Continue reading
Aaron Paul Widera, a teacher at South Junior High School in Anaheim, seems like a normal member of his community. Living in a two-story duplex with his wife and dog, neighbors describe Widera as a friendly yet quite person. Like millions of Americans, Widera is allegedly active on social media and uses his accounts for a variety of different things, but when nine police cars showed up on his doorstep with a search warrant allowing them to seize several of his personal items, few could have predicted what was allegedly found.
These days, instances of social media aiding authorities in obtaining evidence that leads to an arrest are quite common, but until recently, the main culprits have been Facebook and MySpace. In Widera’s case, Tumblr was instrumental in identifying Widera as a potential sex crime offender. Without it, the evidence that the prosecution reportedly obtained may have never been found. Widera is reportedly facing two counts of possession of matter depicting a minor engaging in sexual conduct, one count of obscene matter depicting a person younger than 18, and bringing or sending obscene matter into the state for sale. Continue reading
A few weeks ago, Huntington Beach hosted their annual U.S. Open Surfing Competition. Police officers in the area were expecting a few drunk and disorderly citizens, maybe even a few DUI arrests, but no one could have predicted that the mass of orderly individuals watching the competition would quickly become a mob. Seemingly out of nowhere, several people began rioting, tipping over portable toilets, rocking police vehicles, throwing traffic cones, and participating in several acts of vandalism. The Huntington Beach police department was unable to arrest many of those who participated and turned to social media to try and identify those responsible for criminal acts during the riot.
Facebook users have been instrumental in identifying those displayed in photos on the Huntington Beach police department’s Facebook page, but one suspect made a mistake that alleged criminals in Orange County should pay special attention too: he “liked” a picture of himself engaging in destructive behavior during the riot. The police then received numerous tips from citizens following their Facebook page that helped them identify the suspect. The authorities now have a convincing and condemning action taken by the suspect that will help the prosecution convict him of crimes committed during the riots. Continue reading