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September 16, 2013
A parolee was sentenced Friday to 55 years to life in state prison for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old female relative while babysitting her, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Gordon Ray Bodkin, 47, of Huntington Beach, was found guilty July 23 by an Orange County Superior Court jury of one felony count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a child under 10 and one felony count of sexual penetration of a child under 10. On the evening of Aug. 9, 2011, Bodkin was alone in a Huntington Beach home with the girl when he sexually assaulted her, according to the district attorney's office, which offered this account: The child's father arrived home about 5:30 p.m. and found the girl naked on a bed and Bodkin naked from the waist down, straddling her. The defendant grabbed his clothing and ran from the home.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2011
The pretrial for two retired teachers charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy has been postponed until January. Former Westminster High School teacher Daniel Shepard and his wife, former Mesa View Middle School teacher Gay Davidson-Shepard, were scheduled to go to pretrial Thursday at the West Justice Center in Westminster. However, attorney Salvatore Ciulla, who represents Shepard, requested an extension. Judge John Adams set the new pretrial date for Jan. 5. Shepard and Davidson-Shepard are charged with oral copulation of a minor, sodomy of a person younger than 18 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
NEWS
September 16, 2009
A Huntington Beach man pleaded not guilty Friday to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 7-year-old autistic girl. Daniel Vlas Flores, 27, originally identified as Daniel Blas Flores, is being held on $1-million bail after being charged with one felony count of kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, sexual intercourse and sexual penetration with a child under 10 and sentencing enhancements for great bodily harm to a sexual assault victim....
LOCAL
By Candice Baker | November 12, 2008
A Huntington Beach man was found guilty Nov. 5 of all charges in the violent sexual assault of an 83-year-old woman in Rossmoor, the Orange County District Attorney’s office said. Jeffrey Miller, 38, has been convicted of three counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object by force, first-degree residential burglary, first-degree robbery, and sentencing enhancements for committing a sexual assault during the course of a burglary and committing a crime against a vulnerable victim, authorities said.
NEWS
November 5, 2008
A Huntington Beach man was pronounced guilty Wednesday of all charges in the violent sexual assault of an 83-year-old woman in Rossmoor, the Orange County District Attorney’s office said. Jeffrey Miller, 38, has been convicted of four counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object by force, first degree residential burglary, first degree robbery, and sentencing enhancements for committing a sexual assault during the course of a burglary and committing a crime against a vulnerable victim, authorities said.
NEWS
December 17, 2009
The preliminary hearing for a San Diego man accused of killing Huntington Beach resident Dane Williams and sodomizing another man began today. The hearing was split in two to deal with the victims separately, and today’s hearing was about the other victim. The hearing pertaining to Williams is expected to begin in February, officials said. Philong Huynh, 39, was charged with the death of Williams, who went missing for three days before being found dead in January 2008.
NEWS
By Beau Nicolette | October 16, 2013
The sixth annual Dane Williams Surf Festival is coming to Huntington Beach on Oct. 26 in memory of the local surfer. The Huntington Beach High School graduate was drugged, sexually assaulted and murdered in 2008 while visiting San Diego for a trade show. The event is intended to remember Williams and bring awareness to victims of sexual assault. The festival falls a few weeks after what would have been Williams' 29th birthday. "It's a happy, family day," his mother, Valen Williams, said of the event.
LOCAL
February 18, 2010
The San Diego man charged with the death and sexual assault of Huntington Beach resident Dane Williams is expected to go back to court Tuesday for preliminary trial. Philong Huynh, 39, is charged with the murder and sexual assault of 23-year-old Williams for allegedly drugging and raping him. He is also charged with an additional count of sexual assault for sodomizing another man. He pleaded not guilty to all charges. Huynh began preliminary trial in San Diego in December for the other case, but the focus will turn to Williams on Tuesday, officials said.
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By Beau Nicolette | October 16, 2013
The sixth annual Dane Williams Surf Festival is coming to Huntington Beach on Oct. 26 in memory of the local surfer. The Huntington Beach High School graduate was drugged, sexually assaulted and murdered in 2008 while visiting San Diego for a trade show. The event is intended to remember Williams and bring awareness to victims of sexual assault. The festival falls a few weeks after what would have been Williams' 29th birthday. "It's a happy, family day," his mother, Valen Williams, said of the event.
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NEWS
September 23, 2013
Huntington Beach police on Wednesday arrested a suspect in three sexual batteries in the city, according to police. Matthew Andrew Linville, 19, of Westminster, was booked into Huntington Beach City Jail on suspicion of assault with intent to commit rape and sexual battery and is being held on $100,000 bail, according to police. Plainclothes officers were monitoring the grounds of the Bella Terra mall, where Linville is believed to have groped women at a Burlington Coat Factory and a parking structure Sept.
NEWS
September 9, 2013
Huntington Beach police are asking the public to help identify a man who attempted to sexually assault a female jogger in August. Authorities describe him as Latino and about 5-foot-10 and 140 pounds. They say he was wearing a light-gray T-shirt, dark jeans and black shoes with orange laces at the time of the attack. The crime occurred at 6:45 a.m. Aug. 28 near Huntington Village Lane and Center Avenue. Authorities say the man was following the jogger, who ran toward her apartment.
NEWS
September 9, 2013
A former Garden Grove police officer was convicted Friday of forcibly sodomizing three women, all of whom he had dated. Jesse Andrew Green, 36, of Huntington Beach, was found guilty by a jury at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana of three felony counts of forcible sodomy. He faces nine to 24 years in state prison and will also have to register as a sex offender. His sentencing hearing is set for Nov. 22. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on an additional rape charge.
NEWS
By Chris Epting | December 17, 2012
Tragedies like this catch us off guard, when we are vulnerable, leaving no time to prepare or to absorb the sickening blow. Then the most brutal events imaginable begin to unfold. In the blur of modern technology and communication, shards of information cut the air and a million mistakes are made and knee-jerk debates are instantly ignited about guns and insanity and evil; but for all the theorizing, anger and outrage, the outcome is never altered. It seems there are always innocent people scythed down like wheat instantly and insanely felled.
NEWS
October 23, 2012
A Huntington Beach man was convicted and sentenced Friday for sexually assaulting three female clients at a Seal Beach massage parlor, according to a release from the Orange County district attorney's office. Jason Michael Elliott, 29, pleaded guilty to one felony and two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery and was sentenced to one year in jail, three years of formal probation and lifetime sex offender registration. According to the release, Elliott worked at Seal Beach Massage Envy from August 2009 to April 2010.
NEWS
October 19, 2012
The trial of a former Huntington Beach police officer accused of sexual assault, false imprisonment by violence or deceit, criminal threats and domestic battery, among other charges, was continued to Feb. 1. James Roberts' attorney, John Barnett, is in the middle of another trial. Roberts faces 19 felonies and was fired by the Huntington Beach Police Department after an internal investigation. His ex-wife, whose name is being withheld because she's a possible rape victim, is accusing the police department of covering for Roberts in a civil lawsuit she filed on her and her young son's behalf.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | April 27, 2012
A Huntington Beach man was found guilty Friday of sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled 7-year-old girl. Daniel Vlas Flores, 30, was convicted of kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, sexual intercourse, sodomy and sexual penetration of a child 10 years old or younger, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. He faces a maximum of 72 years in prison. Flores approached the girl as she played with her 8-year-old neighbor and friend on Aug. 19, 2009, at the yard of the apartment complex in the 7800 block of Sycamore Avenue.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | April 25, 2012
The trial of a Huntington Beach man accused of sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled 7-year-old girl is underway. Daniel Vlas Flores, 30, is charged with a felony count each for kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, sexual penetration, sexual intercourse and sodomy of a child 10 years old or younger, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. He faces life in state prison if convicted. The opening statement for Flores began Thursday morning at the West Justice Center in Westminster.
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