Top News Story! Double-Murder!
March 1, 2011
accused of having
sex with girl, 13!
accused of having
sex with girl, 13!
Hebephile Jr. High!
Posted: 08/23/2011 01:27:33 PM PDT
Updated: 08/23/2011 01:27:34 PM PDT
SANTA CRUZ, CA -- A former county middle school teacher was sentenced Monday to 17 years in state prison for molesting a student. Stephen Jay Sande, a 61-year-old Santa Cruz resident, was sentenced for acts that occurred when the girl was 12 and 13. He was arrested July 12, 2010, after the victim confided in her mother. Investigators said the abuse went on for weeks in spring and summer, at locations on and off the South County campus. Sande admitted in April to more than 15 charges. At the sentencing hearing, he apologized and said he deserved to be punished, and that his "soul was swallowed up in shame and grief." Urging the maximum sentence, the victim's parents told Judge Jeff Almquist that their daughter lives with significant emotional pain and fear and that they don't know how much she will recover.
In a letter from the victim read in court, she said she hated and feared him. She wrote that she was once in his car, stopped at a red light, and saw a friend of her mother's and wanted to jump out and run to that woman. But she was afraid. The victim's family, who the Sentinel is not naming to protect the identity of the victim, said Sande told the young teen he might kill himself if she told anyone. Her mother said she hoped her daughter would be remembered for being the one who stopped him. "How could my daughter be molested by a teacher and have to hold onto that for so long?" she said. " ...Steve Sande is a predator; he's a threat to the community." She read a letter Sande had written to her daughter, in which Sande wrote the student had his heart and love forever.
Outside court, the girl's father said the sentence was not long enough because Sande had such wide access to children. The father said he wants to work to prevent such predatory "grooming" of children by adults in positions of trust. "But there is some closure, and we are getting him off the streets," the father said.
Sande's attorney said his client admitted his guilt early, sought counseling and was genuinely remorseful. Judge Jeff Almquist said sentencing was an "extremely difficult" decision. He said he had seen middle school teachers regress somewhat to cope with students at such a challenging age. But there are boundaries that cannot be crossed, Almquist said, despite Sande's clean record and success in life. "This is both an abhorrent crime and apparently an aberrant one," he said.
Sande had told Almquist he would give his life to take away what he had done. In his closing remark - as Almquist decided between less than 10 years to more than 30 years - the prosecutor reminded the judge of Sande's statement about giving his life. His attorney mentioned Sande's possible brain damage from a 2005 auto accident, and a family member's theory about possible male menopause. At least four well-known psychologists concluded Sande is not a predator or a pedophile, his attorney said.
Sande's wife said her husband's behavior had changed and was "nothing like the honorable man I've known for 36 years."
Corrupt Justice™: The term pedophilia denotes the erotic preference for prepubescent children. The term hebephilia has been proposed to denote the erotic preference for pubescent children (roughly, ages 11 or 12-14), but it has not become widely used.
Posted: 04/15/2011 01:43:12 PM PDT
SANTA CRUZ, CA - Steven Jay Sande, 61, of Santa Cruz, pleaded guilty Thursday to 12 felony sex abuse charges involving one of his former students at Aptos Junior High, the District Attorney's Office announced today. In an open plea to Judge Jeff Almquist, not a plea bargain with the District Attorney, the former math teacher also admitted to seven felony charges of child pornography and using a computer to facilitate those crimes against the 13-year-old girl. When sentenced July 22, he faces from three to 35 years in prison, prosecutor Andrew Isaac said.
Sande remains out on $50,000 bail. Almquist denied Isaac's request to jail him, stating Sande has made all his court appearances since his arrest in July, has strong ties to the community and has not violated the law since that arrest. Sande's case was set for trial Monday.
He initially denied the charges and resigned from the school district in August. Isaac alleged he had pornographic photos of the girl and had sent her inappropriate photos of himself. The two also allegedly had a sexual relationship for several months, Isaac said.
July 23, 2010 - 13:56 PDT Santa Cruz, Calif.
Santa Cruz, CA (WCJB) - authorities are investigating whether a teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old student also abused other children. Steven Sande is due in court again next month on 20 counts of sex crimes, including creating and possessing child pornography of the girl. The 60-year-old Aptos Junior High School teacher was arrested July 16 after the girl's parents told authorities they suspected their daughter was having a sexual relationship with a teacher. Prosecutors allege the contact began in April. No other allegations have surfaced against Sande, but Sgt. Todd Liberty says he worries there may be other victims. Sande was arraigned Wednesday but did not enter a plea in the case. His next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 5, 2010.
"Predator Plea Deal!"
February 25, 2011
Readers might remember the truly disturbing case of Christine Shreeve Hubbs, (pictured left, of Livermore, CA) the attractive Mormon mother from Livermore who was arrested in August for allegedly having sex with young teenage boys. Now in a plea deal, Hubbs will likely go to prison for five years. On Thursday (February 24, 2011) Hubbs plead no contest to four counts of having sex with underage boys. She is expected to serve five years in state prison as well as register as a sex offender for life. In exchange for her plea, prosecutors dropped 63 other counts related to the incident.
The "remorseful" mother and wife of a dentist is accused of buying water pellet guns for some teenage boys and letting them fire out the window as she drove her Hummer around the neighborhood. She then took the teens to another location and "exchanged sex acts," which gave her the nickname "Hummer Mom."
She supposedly sent sexual text messages to one of the boys and gave him cash, gifts, and an expensive cell phone to maintain contact with her.
Hubbs was arrested after the mother of the two boys found nude pictures of Hubbs on their phones.
She will be sentenced March 25, 2011.
"She is very, very remorseful," Hubbs' attorney told reporters.
August 9, 2010
(Christine Shreeve Hubbs, pictured left, of Livermore appears in Alameda County Superior Court in Pleasanton, CA.) PLEASANTON -- A Livermore woman accused of having sex with two teenage boys was arraigned Monday on more than five dozen criminal charges. Christine Shreeve Hubbs, 42, had her case called in Judge Hugh Walker's Pleasanton courtroom. She faces 67 felony counts, including charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and lewd acts on a child. Hubbs did not enter a plea. She returns to court Aug. 16, 2010. Hubbs was arrested Thursday, a little more than a week after a mother of one of the boys reported possible illicit activity between her son and Hubbs. According to court documents, the mother found a nude photo of Hubbs on her son's cell phone. The boys told Livermore police that they communicated with Hubbs via text message, and that Hubbs gave them gifts and money. Some of the incidents occurred outside Alameda County, according to court records.
According to her Facebook page, Hubbs is married to a Livermore dentist and has three children. Her husband, Timothy, was in court Monday for his wife's appearance. He said he didn't want to talk about the case. Hubbs is being held in lieu of $4.3 million bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.
LIVERMORE -- A Livermore woman faces 67 criminal charges for allegedly having sex with two teen boys. Police arrested Christine Shreeve Hubbs, 42, on Thursday evening on a warrant. She is being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in lieu of $4.3 million bail. The mother of one of the boys went to Livermore police on July 27 to report she found a nude photo of Hubbs on her son's cell phone, according to court records. The boy told police the sex acts with Hubbs began in December 2008, when he was 14. He told police he met with Hubbs multiple times for sex acts and twice went with her to a hotel to have sex with her. The boy said the relationship continued until January 2010. During the investigation, police learned of a second boy, who is now 14, who said he had a sexual relationship with Hubbs from December 2009 through July. Investigators say Hubbs communicated with the teens by text messages and at times used her cell phone to send sexual messages and nude pictures of herself. According to court records, the boys said she gave them gifts, mostly gift cards, and money, and drove them in her black, 2006 Hummer to various locations in Livermore and elsewhere in Alameda County to engage in sexual activity. Hubbs learned of the investigation and retained a lawyer, Sarsfield said. Police have not yet interviewed her. She is scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon at the Gale/Schenone Hall of Justice in Pleasanton. Police do not have any evidence pointing to additional victims, Sarsfield said. Police ask anyone with information to call the department's detective's bureau at 925-371-4700.
In a separate case, Hubbs was also charged on Thursday with four counts of contributing to the deliquency of a minor and one count of discharge of a BB gun, Those charges relate to a June 29 incident when a bicyclist reported being shot by an Airsoft projectile by boys in a black Hummer.The biker recognized Hubbs as the driver from her personalized license plate. Hubbs told police she was driving and heard the boys pulling the gun triggers as she drove through town. The boys in the car admitted to the shooting but said Hubbs did not try to stop them.They said she had bought them the guns.
"Director of Molestation!"
February 23, 2011
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- A former state mental hospital director was sentenced Wednesday to 248 years in prison for molesting his adopted son over eight years as part of what prosecutors claimed was a pattern of abuse that spanned four decades and ensnared a dozen young boys.
Superior Court Judge James B. Pierce called defendant Claude Foulk, 63, a "sick, sick man" and said he should have been the No. 1 patient at the mental hospital he oversaw. The judge drew applause from the courtroom after issuing the maximum possible sentence.
"Someone was selected out of an adoption book, totally selected at a very young age, and made a sex slave," the judge lectured Foulk. "I don't think the word father or dad belongs in the same sentence with Mr. Foulk. A father or dad couldn't do these things." The victim is now 27 and living in Atlanta. Corrupt Justice is not naming the man because it has a policy not to identify alleged victims of sexual abuse.
Foulk, the former head of Napa State Hospital, was convicted of 20 counts of forcible oral copulation, nine counts of sodomy and two counts of lewd acts for abuse between 1992 and 2001. He was acquitted of two counts each of sodomy and oral copulation for charged acts that occurred after the victim was 18.
"It's beyond the comprehension of most human beings," the judge said. "It's not unlike slavery of old, to go through the (foster) system and obtain a human being and attempt to mold that individual to satisfy one's own sexual desires. Disgusting. This one has got to be the worst. It's the worst of the worst."
Foulk, who has repeatedly denied the allegations, testified at trial that his adopted son had a history of lying. Prosecutors said another 11 men came forward to claim Foulk molested them as children dating back to 1965, but only the son's case could be prosecuted because of the statute of limitations.
During a weeklong trial, five adult men testified that Foulk had abused them for years. They claimed the man they knew as an uncle and foster father bought them pizza and took them to a mountain cabin before forcing them to engage in sex acts. One of Foulk's two adopted sons told jurors Foulk abused him from the time he was 9 until he was 21, telling him it was how a man shows love.
Foulk worked as a nurse, obtained a master's degree in business administration and held previous state jobs before working at Napa State Hospital. He was a foster parent to two boys and adopted two sons. Prosecutor Danette Gomez argued that Foulk used the foster care system to acquire boys to meet his insatiable sexual appetite, knowing they had no parents to turn to.
She said the years of horrific abuse led the boys to turn to alcohol and drugs and to have trouble forming lasting relationships.
Foulk's attorney argued there was a lack of physical evidence. The investigation into Foulk began when someone reported sexual abuse to police after learning Foulk was head of Napa State Hospital. Foulk was fired from his post at Napa State Hospital after his arrest last year.
Corrupt Justice™: Mr. Foulk is the "Poster Child" for homosexuals (and Lesbians) taking custody of foster children.
Basketball Coach Arrested for Rape of 16-Year-Old Autistic Female Player
Friday, 23 July 2010 00:00
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced recently that a North Carolina youth basketball coach has been charged with raping a 16-year-old autistic girl who played on his team when the team traveled to Nassau County for a tournament in August 2008. Police said that in 2009, the coach pleaded guilty in North Carolina to having sex with the same teen and served about a year in jail for that offense. The coach also served as the Chief Volunteer Officer of the basketball organization, called the Southeastern North Carolina Youth Basketball Association.
Freddie Lamont Wilson, 62, was arrested by local authorities last month in North Carolina and extradited to New York last week. He is charged with third-degree rape and is being held without bail. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted and was scheduled to return to court on July 21. Rice said that Wilson recruited the victim, then 15-years old, in July 2007 after seeing her play basketball in a park. The victim is described as “developmentally disabled and mildly autistic.” In May 2008, when the victim was 16 years old, Wilson started a sexual relationship with her, Rice said. In August of 2008 the basketball team traveled to New York for a tournament, staying at a family member of Wilson’s in Elmont. Rice said that Wilson had sex with the victim each of the three nights that they stayed in Elmont.
Upon returning home to North Carolina, Rice stated, the victim’s parents found sexually explicit letters that Wilson had written to the victim. The parents notified police and Wilson was arrested and charged in North Carolina with two counts of Sexual Activity by a Substitute Parent, meaning he had sex with a minor he was temporarily parenting. Wilson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a minimum term of one year and five months to a maximum of two and a half years in jail. He served about a year and was released in February 2010. The defendant now faces new, more serious charges, here in New York because the age of consent is 17 years old, rather than 16 years old in North Carolina.
“This man preyed on the most vulnerable child on his team,” Rice said. “There is no excuse or explanation for this defendant’s actions and my office will make sure he is held accountable for this crime.” Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Boyle of the Special Victims Bureau is handling the case for the District Attorney’s Office under the supervision of Bureau Chief Madeline Singas. Wilson is represented by an Attorney.
July 17, 2010
A teacher at Bancroft Middle School in Hollywood has been arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography, and Los Angeles police are trying to determine if other children have had "inappropriate contact or communication" with him. Barry Klein (pictured left) a teacher at the school since 2001, was booked Friday on suspicion of possession of child pornography when he turned himself in to the Los Angeles Police Department, police officials said Wednesday. LAPD detectives are also looking into whether the San Fernando Valley resident, who used the screen name "Mrredheadbear" was communicating with minors online via an Internet instant messaging service for sexual purposes. Sources familiar with the investigation said the images were found when Klein took his laptop to school to be fixed. School officials reported it to police. The sources said investigators were particularly concerned because the images depicted children of roughly the same age as his students.
[Updated 2:15 p.m.: Officials with the Los Angeles Unified School District said in a statement Wednesday that the allegation against Klein was brought to the attention of district officials in April 2010 and that Klein was immediately removed from the campus and "housed at a non-school location." District officials said it was highly unlikely that any of the images found were those of LAUSD students and that Klein is suspended without pay until the case is completed.] Bancroft Middle School, a performing arts magnet, has about 1,400 students and 55 teachers. Klein is listed on the school's website as a special education teacher.
Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle
929 North Las Palmas Ave., Los Angeles, 90038
Public school in the Los Angeles Unified district.
55 faculty members
Source: California Department of Education
Dr. Pervo Indicted!
February 23, 2010
DOVER, Del. – Prosecutors expect to add more counts to a lengthy indictment against a Delaware pediatrician charged with serial molestation of 103 children as investigators urge former patients and parents to come forward. A grand jury returned a 160-page indictment Monday against Dr. Earl Bradley of Lewes with 471 counts of sexual crimes. The case has shocked the close-knit coastal community of Lewes and the central Delaware town of Milford, where Bradley closed an office in 2005 after police investigated him. Bradley's attorney said he would seek to move the trial out of Sussex County. But he said the "real battleground" in the case will be Bradley's mental state, not what is seen on videotapes seized from Bradley's home and office or alleged in the indictment.
Announcing the grand jury's indictment, Attorney General Beau Biden said all of the alleged victims, mainly girls but including one boy, were caught on more than 13 hours of video recordings, some dating to 1998. "The charges in this indictment are unique in the history of the state of Delaware, as far as I can tell," he said. The charges against Bradley include rape, sexual exploitation of a child, unlawful sexual contact, continuous sexual abuse of a child, assault and reckless endangering. Bradley, who was arrested in December and initially charged with 29 felony counts for allegedly abusing nine children, is being held with bail set at $2.9 million. His medical license was permanently revoked by the state Board of Medical Practice last week.
Bradley's attorney said he had not read the indictment but was not surprised by the allegations. "I'm sure they have their reasons for including all these different victims in this indictment," said the attorney, noting that under state law, a single conviction of rape would be enough to put Bradley behind bars for life. The indictment alleges Bradley was videotaping his sexual exploitation of patients as far back as December 1998. Many victims were assaulted repeatedly, some on consecutive days, according to the indictment, which alleges that one girl was raped more than a dozen times over a period that lasted more than a year. Authorities would not say whether they think Bradley had videotaped all of his alleged assaults or whether there may be more victims. "I expect that we will add to this indictment with new charges over the coming months," Biden said.
He encouraged parents and victims of Bradley, "regardless of age or gender," to contact prosecutors, who have sent out about 3,100 letters to Bradley's patients and set up an office in Lewes to handle complaints and direct potential victims and their families to counseling and other services. Sussex County prosecutor Paula Ryan declined to say how many alleged victims seen on videotape have been identified by name, or to provide an age range.
The indictment refers to each alleged victim only as "Jane Doe" or "John Doe." After years of suspicions among parents and questions about his strange behavior from colleagues, Bradley was arrested after a 2-year-old girl told her mother that the doctor hurt her in December when he took her to a basement room of his office after an exam.
While prosecutors allege regular and repeated abuse by Bradley, the indictment contains a gap of more than a year, from October 2004 to June 2006, in which no alleged crimes are listed.
Biden and Gov. Jack Markell have ordered reviews to determine whether doctors, hospitals, state agencies or law enforcement authorities failed to comply with a state law that requires all such entities to report to the medical licensing board in writing within 30 days if they believe a doctor is or "may be" guilty of unprofessional conduct. Biden said Monday that those investigations are aimed at determining "how this physician could lurk in our midst for as long as he did."
U.C. Perverts! Milton Peechuan Huang
February 21, 2010
SANTA CRUZ — A former UC Santa Cruz psychotherapist who admitted to a brief affair with a student patient in 2007 has voluntarily surrendered his medical license in a deal to end a state agency's claim against him. Milton Peechuan Huang, 46, agreed to relinquish his right to practice effective Dec. 24, 2009 in an effort "to resolve this matter without the expense and uncertainty of further proceeding," according to a filing by the Medical Board of California. The report said Huang conceded there was enough evidence, largely because of his own admissions of the mont-long tryst, for the state to successfully revoke his license.
"He has always from Day One acknowledged that he had made a lapse in judgment and had voluntarily stopped practicing," Huang's attorney, of Walnut Creek, said in an interview Tuesday. "This is just really a formal way of carrying out what he had already affected — ceasing his practice while he has proceeded to make amends for what has taken place." The attorney said Huang hopes soon to resolve a civil lawsuit filed against him by the former patient, who was 21 years old when Huang says the two engaged in sexual activity in November and December 2007. Huang had been treating her for relationship troubles and an eating disorder for eight months when the relationship became sexual. Huang did not return an e-mail sent through his Web site, which says that he is a father looking for new opportunities in technical fields. His attorney declined to discuss other details about Huang's family but said he is currently unemployed and still living in the county.
The medical board said Huang could seek reinstatement after two years, a waiting period his attorney says could have been longer had Huang fought the charges. Huang's attorney said it is too early to say whether Huang will petition to practice psychotherapy again. Huang resigned his position of six years as a staff psychiatrist at the UCSC Student Health Center after the student reported the affair to the university and campus authorities placed him on suspension. UCSC then contacted the medical board, which recommended in November 2008 that Huang's license be yanked after he admitted the impropriety during an interview with state investigators.
Huang's attorney said it took another year to resolve the matter with the medical board and that Huang should be commended for confessing. "Dr. Huang has, unlike many people in his situation, always been straightforward," the attorney said. "He has not denied the charges." Huang told medical board investigators that he did not bill his patient for their final session, when he said they engaged in oral sex at her apartment. But he said most other appointments, including a session when the two disrobed in his office and fondled each other, were billed for 50 minutes of time.
July 24, 2009
CAL "Rape" City!
OAKLAND — A former Cal (Berkeley) football player found guilty this year of raping one student and trying to rape another was sentenced Tuesday to four years in state prison. Ending a case that included unsubstantiated admissions of football player drug cover-ups and accusations by three other women of sexual assault by the former top high school prospect, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon (a UC Regent appointed judge) sentenced Noah Smith to four years in prison instead of the 17 years sought by the county's district attorney.
Smith, 23, who must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, was arrested in May 2007 after a fellow student told police the football player had forced her to give him oral sex and then raped her in her apartment during what was to be a meeting about a class.
Investigations by the UC Berkeley Police Department found another woman who said Smith tried to rape her but she escaped. Smith was arrested and charged with one count of rape, one count of forced oral copulation and one count of attempted rape.
During the trial, two other women stepped forward and said Smith raped them. Although they testified in the case, no separate charges were filed because they had not reported the rapes to police when they occurred and did not want to pursue criminal charges afterward. Both women told similar stories about how Smith feigned an illness that he said required him to collect and store his own sperm.
He asked the women for help as he took out his genitalia and began to touch himself, according to testimony. Shortly after, they testified, Smith (pictured left) would restrain them with his arms and rape them. A fifth woman testified that Smith told her he had such an illness, but she said she left because he was not making sense. In testimony, Smith denied assaulting or raping any of the women. Smith spoke about wanting to be an FBI agent but also about how he routinely would break football team rules if he did not agree with them.
For example, he said he provided urine samples to other players who feared failing mandatory drug tests. When Smith was arrested, specimen cups were found in his apartment, and he said during the trial that he had stolen those cups so he could fill them with clean urine samples.
A Cal football official denied the claims. "There are policies and procedures in place to prevent the situation he described," said Herb Benensen, assistant athletic director for media relations.
Reardon said the former football player had many positive attributes that contributed to the decision to give him a shorter sentence. Smith had no prior criminal record when he was arrested and had a host of supporters at his sentencing, pleading with the judge to show mercy.
Those supporters included Smith's grandmother, mother, father, girlfriend and two cousins, all of whom spoke to Smith and Reardon before the sentence was issued.
"I'm not sure I have seen anybody with as much support as Mr. Smith," Reardon said. "How did somebody with so much going on get to this point? It's someone for whom much has been given demanding more."
Reardon said the mitigating factors in the case outweighed the aggravating factors, so he issued the shorter sentence.
Deputy district attorney Patrick Moriarty, who during the trial labeled Smith a sociopath, said after the hearing that he respected Reardon's decision. Smith's attorney, could not be reached for a comment.
October 25, 2008
Former UC Berkeley employee Eric Borgerson was sentenced last Thursday to eight years in federal prison for possessing and distributing child pornography on a campus computer. On Oct. 27, 2006, Borgerson used Yahoo! Instant Messenger on a UC Berkeley-licensed computer to send four video files featuring the sexual exploitation of prepubescent children. He was arrested and initially charged days later on Oct. 30, pleading guilty to two charges of possession of child porn and one charge of distribution of child porn this past June. In addition to his prison sentence, the 42-year-old was also charged a $50,000 fine.
Borgerson, 42, of Oakland must register as a sex offender and be placed on the federal equivalent of parole for 10 years after he is released, U.S. District Judge Juden Claudia Wilken said Thursday at a hearing in Oakland. Borgerson's addiction to methamphetamine led to his obsession with pornography and "later, unfortunately, child pornography," his attorney, Assistant Federal Public Defender, wrote in a sentencing memorandum. The public defender asked for a 78-month prison term for her client, a 1995 graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley.
Federal prosecutors noted in court papers that Borgerson had initially told campus police that the child porn came as "debris" when he used a file-sharing program to download music. Borgerson later admitted that "he used his work computer for child pornography because his partner did not want him downloading pornography at home," Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Marie Barton wrote in urging Juden Wilken to impose a sentence of more than 12 years.
UCPD Assistant Chief Mitch Celaya (now Chief) said UC Berkeley information technology services noticed Borgerson's file transfer on Oct. 27 due to its large size. Further investigation revealed what was later confirmed to be pornography. "This occurred from the inside out, it wasn't a breach of security," Celaya said. "The system's in place to catch these things." Campus spokesperson Marie Felde said that Borgerson was an editor who worked in California Public Employee Relations, which is a program of the UC Berkeley Institute of Industrial Relations, from July 2006 to March 2007. Upon his arrest, officials acted immediately to remove his access to campus computer services, Felde said.
A similar event occurred a few months before Borgerson's arrest. Former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employee Jimmy Dean Sanderson was arrested on child pornography charges in July 2006. Police authorities found 100,000 pornographic images in Sanderson's possession, some of which were stored on his work computer. He is currently serving a 16-year sentence in state prison. Felde pointed out that UC Berkeley has a computer-use policy for students, faculty and staff who use the campus network. "There are very clear examples of misuse, of rights and responsibilities," she said.
February 15, 2006
OAKLAND -- An Alameda County judge today sentenced a former high school girls basketball coach who molested three players to one year in a work furlough program in Los Angeles County. Tanda Rucker, the 32-year-old daughter of former Berkeley City Manager Weldon Rucker, could have faced 14 years in state prison after pleading no contest in November to 18 felony counts of penetration with a foreign object and oral copulation with minors.But Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon opted to sentence her to 12 months at Cornell Corrections Institute in El Monte.
Rucker currently lives and works in Southern California, and the sentence will allow her to continue working at her job, court officials said.
Rucker, a former basketball star at Berkeley High School, was named by USA Today as California's top prep school player of the year in 1991. She also was a member of Stanford's 1992 NCAA champion team. Prosecutors said she had relationships with two 16-year-old players at Encinal High School in Alameda, where she coached, and a Richmond teen she met through her job. The relationships occurred between 2000 and 2002, prosecutors said.
Note: Judge Reardon is a homosexual who engages in the same type of conduct as Ms. Rucker. He sees no harm in adults preying on young children.
September 25, 2002
John Dwyer (pictured left) received his law degree from Boalt in 1980 and became the second Boalt Hall graduate to serve as dean in the school's history. Upon graduating from law school, John Dwyer clerked for Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Justice Sandra Day O' Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. He practiced with the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., before joining the Boalt faculty in 1984. In he 1997 received the law school's Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching. He served as dean of the Law School from 2000 to 2002. Dwyer, 51, was a well-regarded expert on environmental law.
What started as a fun, end-of-the-semester get-together among law school students and professors, ended two years later, with the surprise resignation of a nationally known law school Dean. His resignation came amid accusations of a drunken, late-night sexual encounter in a female student's apartment. The news that Boalt Dean John Dwyer ``molested'' a female student has rocked Boalt Hall School of Law and its vast alumni network of lawyers and educators across the country. Dwyer announced his resignation Nov. 27, 2002 almost seven weeks after the former Boalt student filed a sexual-harassment complaint against him.
Exactly what happened eight years ago is not clear. There is no police report. The university has not revealed details of its investigation. Dwyer has refused to comment, other than to say that it was a ``consensual'' encounter that ``reflected a serious error in judgment on my part.'' But the attorney for the woman, whose name is being withheld, said her client was ``molested'' by Dwyer after a night of heavy drinking. The former student, now working for a public-interest law firm in San Francisco, claims Dwyer sexually assaulted her while she lay on her bed passed out.
While she declined to speak to the media for this story; the victim’s attorney said her client's story begins in December 2000 with a dinner at Caffe Venezia, a stylish and popular Italian eatery on University Avenue. Three professors and seven law school students had gathered to celebrate a ``successful philanthropic activity.'' The victim was very active in the Berkeley Law Foundation, a student-run organization that provides legal services to historically underserved communities.
Dwyer arrived at Venezia after dinner to show his support for the group's work and stayed to drink wine with the five students and one faculty member who had not left. The group closed the restaurant about 11 p.m., and Dwyer suggested they continue socializing somewhere else. The Boalt group arrived at Kingman's Lucky Lounge on Grand Avenue in Oakland just before midnight, and Dwyer offered to buy a round of drinks, the victim’s attorney said. At 2 a.m., the students and Dwyer trickled out of the bar and onto the sidewalk. The one male student in attendance, who had not been drinking, suspected Dwyer was not fit to drive and offered him a ride. Dwyer declined.
At that point, the victim’s attorney said, the victim was still in the bar. By the time she emerged, everyone but Dwyer had left. Dwyer, who is divorced, offered a ride home and the two drove to the second-year law student's Oakland apartment. He turned off the ignition, and she invited him up to use her restroom. ``She's extremely intoxicated,'' the victim’s attorney said. ``It's obvious. . . . By my calculation, she has ingested about eight ounces of alcohol.'' What happened after Dwyer used the bathroom is a matter of dispute.
Dwyer says the two had a ``consensual'' sexual encounter. The victim’s attorney said her client passed out on her bed and awoke two hours later -- about 4:30 a.m. -- to find Dwyer lying next to her and fondling her between her legs. Her bra and blouse were pushed up toward her neck and her pantyhose were removed. Dwyer's head was resting on her chest. He was fully clothed.
Dwyer's attorney would not discuss or refute specific details of the allegations. The victim’s attorney acknowledges that she doesn't know what happened between 2:30 and 4:30 a.m., but insists her client never agreed to a sexual encounter. When the student awoke, startled, she bolted out of bed and put on a pair of pajamas. Dwyer left and the woman returned to sleep.
When she woke again four hours later, she summoned her mother from San Francisco. Her mother took a photo of a mark on her left breast, and the two went to the campus health clinic for an exam. There, she got a therapy referral, eventually ending up in a group-therapy class for survivors of sexual assault. The woman chose not to file a complaint with the university right away.
In late January or early February 2001, the student contacted Carmen McKines (a black UC Puppet), the university's Title IX compliance officer. The compliance officer, a position created in 1989, is supposed to help ensure equitable treatment of women on campus. The officer investigates formal sex discrimination and harassment complaints and advises students, faculty and staff of their options. McKines explained the complaint process. But when asked whether procedures differed if a dean was involved, McKines could not answer, The victim’s attorney said. McKines [intentionally] could not be reached for comment.
The student held off on filing a complaint and sought the advice of two female law professors at Boalt. One of the professors said that she counseled the woman twice. ``The student told me that she did not think she wanted to do anything, or inform anyone, while she was a student,'' the professor said in a statement. ``She said she wanted to be able to finish law school and concentrate on her academic and public-interest work.''
Months later, the student also confided in a third law professor. The woman graduated from Boalt in May (2002). On Oct. 11, 2002 she filed a sexual-harassment complaint with the university. Seven weeks later, Dwyer resigned.
Faculty members debated whether their own code of conduct should be strengthened. The University of California-Berkeley officials claimed to have reviewed their sexual-harassment and sexual-assault policies during a politically charged search for a new dean. Janet Yellen, a former Clinton administration official who teaches at the Haas School of Business, spearheaded the university's investigation into the student's complaint. But since Dwyer voluntarily resigned, no further personnel action will be taken. The campus is in the process of hiring an independent investigator to review both the allegation and the campus' sexual-harassment policies and procedures. Dwyer's resignation is a signal that ``sexual harassment and assault in the law school environment have gone unaddressed for too long.'' The group urges sexual-harassment sensitivity training for all faculty and staff members.
Calif. Rape Law!
"According to California law, rape can be an act of sexual intercourse "where a person is prevented from resisting by any intoxicating or anaesthetic substance, or any controlled substance, and this condition was known, or reasonably should have been known by the accused." The use of drugs to subdue someone with intent to sexually assault or harm them is illegal. "
"California Penal Code, Section 261 – Rape, defined. ("(a) Rape is an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person not the spouse of the perpetrator, under any of the following circumstances: (1) Where a person is incapable, because of a mental disorder or developmental or physical disability, of giving legal consent, and this is known or reasonably should be known to the person committing the act. (2) Where it is accomplished against a person's will by means of force, violence, duress, menace, or fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury on the person or another. (3) Where a person is prevented from resisting by any intoxicating or anaesthetic substance, or any controlled substance, and this condition was known, or reasonably should have been known by the accused."
C.J. Note: Does anyone believe the Dean of "Boalt School of Law" knew Penal Code Section 261 existed? If you are a white man in an elite position, this law does not apply to you!
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