LOS ANGELES–Many school teachers across the nation are trained to pick up on clues of child abuse and neglect, but most are not trained to spot the signs of classroom pedophiles, leaving a gray area that could help teacher molesters operate undetected on campuses.
Experts say better training of school teachers and administrators in red-flag behavior could aid in catching molesters, pointing to the case of a former Los Angeles third-grade teacher who is charged with feeding some two dozen students semen-laced cookies, and blindfolding and gagging them over a five-year period.
“There are clear and consistent patterns of behavior. If you know what they are, they jump right out at you,” said Diane Cranley, founder of Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids based in Laguna Niguel, Calif. “But there’s no awareness.”
Only a fraction of the nation’s 3 million educators are involved in any sexual misconduct with children. Although no national statistics are kept, a 2007 Associated Press investigation found 2,500 cases nationwide over five years where educators were punished for sexual abuse.
But that number is believed to be only a sliver of all sexual misconduct incidents.
…FULL STORY from the Associated Press
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation issued the following statement Sunday, on the heels of a television news report including footage of two LADOT employees apparently taking part in a pornographic film while in uniform and duty. In the video, (sorry, you’ll have to look elsewhere for footage) the LADOT officers are seen spanking, being spanked by and fondling an adult film actress, as well as allowing her to perform sexual acts on herself inside their city vehicle.
DOT Announces Full Investigation of
Los Angeles, (May 1,
2011) - The City of Los Angeles Department
of Transportation (LADOT) launched a full investigation on Thursday, April 28,
2011, allegedly involving two on-duty traffic officers, for inappropriate
behavior following a television station providing a video of two uniformed
officers appearing in an adult video.
Amir Sedadi, LADOT Interim General Manager, issued the following
“Photos of what appeared to be LADOT
officers engaged in misconduct were provided anonymously to the Los Angeles
Police Department (LAPD) and forwarded to our offices earlier this year. The still photos contained blurred faces and
did not contain any identifiable information regarding the individuals, or the
source of the photos. In fact, the photos contained faces and vehicle numbers
that were all completely blurred beyond recognition and therefore prior to viewing
a video from KNBC-TV, we were not aware of the fact that a video existed.
After the assessment of the still
photos was conducted, while we were unable to positively identify any
individual employee, we reminded all of our traffic officers in writing about
their obligation to conduct themselves in a manner that earns and maintains the
trust, respect and confidence of those with whom we serve. We expect our employees to conduct themselves
in a manner which will bring credit to themselves and to the Department. Because LADOT Traffic Officers are one of the
most conspicuous representatives of City government, we expect our employees to
avoid becoming engaged in conduct which is not only inappropriate, but also
puts them in a position of compromise.
A full investigation was launched after
the video of the incident was provided by KNBC-TV this past week. After we were provided the names of the
individuals allegedly involved in the misconduct, both employees were immediately
placed on administrative leave.
Because we take the incident so seriously, and in order to ensure that
the investigation is done thoroughly, a request was made and granted for the
Los Angeles Police Department, City Attorney, and Personnel Department to
assist in the investigation and provide recommendations. The investigation is
designed to seek the truth and establish all the circumstances involved in this
very serious incident.
I want to make it clear; LADOT
does not condone or tolerate unacceptable or inappropriate behavior from any of
our employees. The allegations involving
two individuals in no way should be taken as representative of the nearly 600
professional Traffic Officers in the Department.
While I am not able to release the
names of the individuals involved due to personnel rules and legal statutes, I
can assure everyone that once the investigation is completed, and if the
allegations of inappropriate behavior are sustained, swift and appropriate
disciplinary action will occur. Finally, I want to thank KNBC-TV for providing
us the information that is allowing this investigation to proceed and I pledge
that we will complete the detailed review of this incident in a timely manner.”
LOS ANGELES – Saying it would “wreak havoc” in the criminal justice system, District Attorney Steve Cooley warned today that a state budget proposal to transfer thousands of convicted felons and parolees to county custody and supervision threatens the safety of citizens.The realignment proposal is a public safety nightmare,” Cooley told the Assembly Budget Subcommittee during a late afternoon hearing in the Board of Supervisors hearing room at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration.The hearing is on Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal that would transfer responsibility for specified “lower-level offenders” and parolees from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to individual counties.Cooley noted that Los Angeles County already faces a severe and chronic jail overcrowding problem that prompted a more than 20-year-old ongoing federal court-mandated population cap on the jail population. This has resulted in many incidents of early release of county jail prisoners over the years.The District Attorney said that the county’s jails, according to the Sheriff’s own statistics, house about 18,000 inmates. About 90 percent are pre-trial detainees, leaving some 1,800 beds for post-conviction sentencing. Filling those beds now are those sentenced to misdemeanor terms, those sentenced to jail for violating probation, or defendants who have been given a jail term as a condition of a felony probation. These sentenced prisoners are routinely released early.Cooley estimated that under the Governor’s proposal, up to 9,000 convicted felons would be required to serve their sentences in Los Angeles County. “There is no room in the jails for them,” he said. “Nor is there room for an estimated 6,500 Los Angeles County parole violators who would receive jail terms in lieu of prison under the proposal,” he added.The District Attorney warned that under the Governor’s budget proposal, “Society will not be adequately protected. Convicted felons will not be adequately punished…Tens of thousands of convicted felons will be on the streets with minimal supervision, threatening all Californians.“…The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and all other criminal justice entities from law enforcement to the courts would require substantial additional staffing to handle the predictable, significant increase in criminal filings due to felons serving very little or no time in custody,” Cooley warned as he urged the subcommittee to reject the budget proposal.
From the Associated Press:
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles authorities missed a chance to collect a DNA sample from a suspected serial killer before he allegedly killed his last known victim.
A newspaper reported Wednesday that the DNA profile of Lonnie Franklin Jr. was supposed to be collected under a state law that went into effect in November 2004.
Proposition 69 required the Los Angeles County Probation Department to gather DNA samples from tens of thousands of local offenders who were on probation.
Though Franklin was on probation following a 2003 conviction for receiving stolen property, his DNA was never taken.
The probation department says it took time after the law’s approval to implement the new requirements.
Franklin’s last alleged victim was killed New Year’s Day 2007.
From the Associated Press:
LOS ANGELES — Some 70 Camp Pendleton Marines have been patrolling the streets of Los Angeles’ toughest neighborhoods with the LAPD to learn skills they hope to apply in Afghanistan.
The Marines say learning to work like a cop on a beat will help them better track the Taliban, build relationships with Afghans leery of foreign troops and make them better teachers as they try to professionalize an Afghan police force beset by corruption.
The weeklong exercise — unbeknownst to the public — involved Marines dressed in jeans and T-shirts observing drugs busts, witnessing prostitution arrests and even following a murder case. It was the largest group of Marines to embed with the city’s officers.