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Man Sentenced for Posing as 17-year-old Boy in Los Angeles Sex Crime

June 14, 2011, by Okorie Okorocha

A man who posed as a 17-year-old boy online was recently sentenced to 20 years in federal prison in Los Angeles after he convinced several young girls to perform sex acts during online video chats.

The high school dean convicted of the Los Angeles sex crime was ordered to pay almost $3,000 in restitution to one of the victims, according to Mercury News.

The defendant pleaded guilty in December to the federal charges of using the Internet to induce a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity and producing child pornography.

Our Pasadena sex crime attorneys understand that the top priority of anyone facing these allegations is to acquire a strong defense team to save your reputation and to fight for your rights. Defending yourself in court is oftentimes not strong enough. Defending your reputation and fighting for your rights when it comes to terms of probation and the requirements of sex offender registration can be equally critical. If you are facing arrest or investigation, you are urged to seek the immediate advice of a qualified lawyer.

According to court records, the man created a false MySpace profile and used it to disguise himself as a 17-year-old boy named "Jamie." He then enticed girls to engage in sexual acts during webcam chats and uploaded the videos online.

The increasing popularity and efficiency of the Internet has led to a rise in such charges. These charges are all too often misfiled. There have been a number of documented cases of file-sharing networks and computer viruses that are found responsible for the presence of such illicit images and videos. In many cases, when child porn or any other type of pornography is found on a computer, it may be someone other than the computer's owner responsible for the images or videos. Shared networks run a high risk of unknown file transfer as well.

In all cases it is critical to contact an attorney experienced in sex crimes as early as possible in the process. Speaking to investigators without an attorney present is not in your best interest. Too often, defendants will attempt to talk themselves out of trouble. The embarrassment of facing sex crime charges may also give police leverage in encouraging defendants to talk when it would be in their best interest to remain silent until first speaking to a qualified criminal defense attorney. Even in cases where a defendant is offered probation, or other desirable sentencing option, the devil is often in the details. The terms of probation and the long-term ramifications of sex-offender registration must also be considered.

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Incriminating Statements Leads to Child Porn in Los Angeles

April 10, 2011, by Okorie Okorocha

A 24-year-old Arizona resident was arrested on suspicion of molesting a 13-year-old boy over a five-month period. He was sent to the Los Angeles County Jail and is being held on a $1 million bail. He is currently facing charges of child molestation in Los Angeles as the acts were reportedly committed before he returned to his parent's house in Gilbert, according to the Glendora Patch.

Our Pasadena sex crime attorneys would like you to understand how serious these types of cases are as the only proof may be statements from the defendant or victim. If you find yourself in a similar situation, is is strongly recommended that you consult an attorney before speaking with police.
Later, police reportedly located several images of child pornography on the computers owned by the 24-year-old man. The suspect could be facing even more charges. His Los Angeles sex crime arraignment hearing will be held at the Pomona Superior Court for April 21st.

After the initial allegations, police wrote up a search warrant for the suspect's residence in Gilbert. It was incriminating statements the defendant allegedly made to authorities that caused them to seize his computer and, later, find child pornography. An experienced attorney will work to challenge the admissibility of the alleged statements, which could also prevent evidence seized during execution of the search warrant from being used in court.

Sexual charges, of any nature, must be aggressively defended. It is important not to be intimidated by law enforcement, which may offer a plea deal in exchange for a quick guilty plea. Plea agreements usually involve lifetime registration as a sex offender. Registration will forever limit your ability to find work, housing or to support your family.

Unfortunately, a molestation allegation is enough to cause extreme embarrassment to the defendant and law enforcement will often use this to get a statement. We recommend that a defendant make absolutely no statements until consulting with an experienced attorney. While it's unlikely you will talk your way out of charges, it is extremely possible you could say or do something that could conflict with a future defense strategy. Remember, you have the right to remain silent.

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School Administrator Faces Child Pornography Charges in Los Angeles

February 11, 2011, by Okorie Okorocha

A high school dean is facing child pornography charges in Los Angeles, according to ABC7 News.

Consulting an experienced and aggressive Los Angeles criminal defense lawyeris critical when facing allegations involving child pornography. The advent of the Internet has led to an explosion in the number of such charges that are filed each year. Meanwhile, there have been documented cases of file-sharing networks and computer viruses being responsible for illicit images. In other cases, a user other than the computer's owner may be responsible or the images may have been maliciously downloaded onto a victim's computer.

Never is defending yourself more serious than when you are a teacher or professional that works with children. In fact, defending yourself in court may not even be enough. More than other types of crimes, you may find the need to aggressively defend your rights at work and in the court of public opinion. Seeking the immediate advice of a well-qualified attorney often offers the best chance for protecting your rights, your reputation and your current and future financial well-being.

In this case the dean of discipline and athletic director of West Adams Preparatory High School in Los Angeles was arrested. Authorities allege child pornography was found on his home computer. The 53-year-old is accused of distribution of child pornography. Authorities reportedly received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The school also informed parents of his arrest. He was released on $20,000 bond and is due back in court Feb. 25.

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