This past year saw an unprecedented turn of events throughout all sectors of American society as the victims of sexual misconduct came forward to make their voices heard. Women and men went public with stories of sexual abuse and sexual harassment that prompted organized movements to change the “business as usual” atmosphere that encouraged silence … Continue reading "State legislators looking for ways to aid sexual harassment victims"
A former priest in Southern California who was previously named in a 2015 child sexual abuse lawsuit has allegedly molested at least four more children at parishes in Palmdale, Redondo Beach, and Covina, according to new court documents recently filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. Two civil complaints that were filed in July and October allege that … Continue reading "Former SoCal Priest Accused of More Sexual Assaults"
A Walnut Creek science teacher has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault of two young children, arranging to meet a child for sex, and possession and distribution of child pornography, according to the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office. Michael Bartel, a Walnut Creek Intermediate School teacher was charged with 16 counts, involving multiple … Continue reading "Walnut Creek Science Teacher Charged with Sexual Assault"
A Bullard High School teacher was arrested by Clovis police on suspicion of “on-going sexual assaults.” Donald Mayhew, 58, a language arts teacher at Bullard High School was apprehended after a three-month investigation, police announced in a news release. Police searched his Clovis home where he was arrested. Mayhew worked for Fresno Unified for four … Continue reading "Bullard High School Teacher Arrested for Sexual Assault"
A North High School teen who was sexually abused by a former assistant wrestling coach in Torrance has sued the School District, alleging that it didn’t monitor and supervise her abuser. The alleged failure to supervise the coach allowed him to molest the victim at the high school and off campus, the complaint states. The … Continue reading "Torrance Teen Sues Wrestling Coach for Sexual Abuse"
The Los Angeles Police Department recently announced that a teacher at the elite Brentwood School was arrested on suspicion of having sex with an underage student. Aimee Palmitessa, 45, was taken into custody by police detectives last week on suspicion of statutory rape — sex involving a minor, said Tony Im, a spokesman for the … Continue reading "Los Angeles Area Private School Teacher Arrested"
A San Francisco music teacher working at a Palo Alto music school was arrested this summer on suspicion of committing sex crimes against a 15-year-old student, according to a statement from the Palo Alto Police Department. Police say that 35-year-old John Patrick Root taught music part-time at the School of Rock on Middlefield Road, which … Continue reading "Palo Alto Music Teacher Arrested for Suspicion of Sexual Abuse"
A Menlo Park church pastor was arrested on suspicion of six counts of sexual assault, including sexual acts involving children. Police confirmed that 47-year-old Victor Elizandro Tax-Gomez of East Palo Alto was arrested earlier this summer after an interview at the Menlo Park Police Department. The pastor was booked into San Mateo County Jail on … Continue reading "Menlo Park Pastor Accused of Sexually Molesting Children"
The sun is almost always shining here in Southern California, which is why our playgrounds are amongst the busiest in the country. Playgrounds should be a safe place where our children can work off some much needed energy, interact with other kids, and explore new ideas and equipment. Unfortunately, playgrounds are not always the safest […]
The unexpected passing of anyone is painful, but the death of a child can be especially harrowing. Parents are often left with many questions, and here we will try to cover the most common legal questions in this quick FAQ. Are Parents Able to Sue for the Wrongful Death of a Child? In the state […]
The advent of social media networks has apparently sparked a new type of mistreatment in nursing homes, as incidents of mistreatment appear in videos uploaded or shared by nursing center workers. Some of the shared content apparently shows dehumanizing photos or videos of elderly residents without their consent. The objectionable content not only violates patient […]
Actress Demi Moore returned from a foreign trip to learn that a drowning accident had happened at her home while she was away. Police said that a 21-year old guest of the actress’s assistant was pronounced dead after he was pulled out of the pool where he had been for an estimated 10 to 15 […]
A giant retailer of home improvement goods in the United States recently admitted that it continued to sell products even after they were recalled for various faults, including those which could cause burn injury. The products include specific brands of: Garage door openers Electric welding torches Electric blower vacuums Electric ranges with defective burners Emergency […]
The family of a former NHL player recently filed a lawsuit against the NHL for failing to keep the former player safe, and for the league’s failure to inform him of the permanent consequences of brain injury to which players like him are regularly exposed. This lawsuit comes about a year after over 200 former […]
A common perception when it comes to child abuse is that step children are more susceptible to being abused by their non-biological parent than a biological parent. One recent case here in California, the People v. Poletti, only added to this belief. The step daughter of the defendant in the case accused her step father, […]
Yet another young life of a motorcyclist was claimed on California’s roadways in late October of 2015, while another was left injured after the crash. Anthony Terrones from Lompoc, California was riding his 2003 Honda motorcycle southbound from Highway 1 to US 101 on October 30th when he collided with a 2015 Chevrolet Impala, and […]
In late September, California prosecutors announced that they would not be charging Caitlyn Jenner for her involvement in a fatal multi-vehicle wreck earlier this year. Jenner could have faced misdemeanor manslaughter charges in connection with the February 2015 accident. Authorities were investigating the accident, which claimed the life of Kim Howe, 69, who died when […]