Sex offenders sent packing

Apparently the state has suspended payments to a home for registered sex offenders in Hacienda Heights. As a result several Megan’s Law registrants will be transient for at least tonight, officials said.

The home in the 14300 block of Ansford Street in Hacienda Heights is near a group home at 14523 Ansford Street officials said. Several of the registrants were recently placed in the home.

All are fitted with GPS tracking devices, officials said.

Here’s our story so far:

HACIENDA HEIGHTS – A half-dozen convicted sex offenders may be sleeping on the streets as they are faced with the threat of eviction due to a bounced government check, an attorney said.

Attorney Mike Balmer, who represents one of the registrants living in the home, said a government-issued check bounced, causing the sex registrants living in the home in the 14000 block of Ansford Street to be evicted.

“There’s nothing we can do about it,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Puchalski, of the Industry station. “As long as they don’t commit a crime, we can’t much help it if they are getting evicted.”

California State Department of Corrections spokesman Gordon Hinkle said he could not immediately provide details of the situation, but said in general, “The state and corrections does not have a responsibility to provide housing for any parolee.”

“It’s something we do an a case by case basis,” Hinkle said, “in the best interest of rehabilitation and public safety.”

Balmer said the residents of the home were told to vacate by Friday evening.

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Pasadena searches for sex predator

This from a press release that became a short news story:

PASADENA – Police are searching for a man who groped a female student at Blair High School Friday.
The incident occurred about 8 a.m. on the third floor of the school’s main facility, Pasadena police Lt. Alex Uribe said in a written statement.
The suspect, “approached a female high school student from behind and groped her buttocks and genital area,” Uribe said.
The man ran away when the girl began to scream, he said.
The girl’s screams attracted the attention of other students and school staff, but the suspect fled the area before anyone else saw him, Uribe said.
The suspect is described as a Latino man, about 25 years old, about 6 feet tall, of heavy build, with a shaved head and and unknown type tattoo on his right arm, Uribe said.
He wore a loose-fitting green shirt and baggy blue jeans, he added.
Police scoured the area but were unable to find the suspect, officials said.

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Teacher exonerated

This from Bethania Palma:

AZUSA — A judge Tuesday dropped lewd conduct charges against a local substitute teacher, calling the accusations “implausible,” officials said.
Virgil Cleon Harper, 66, of Azusa, faced nine counts of committing lewds with a child, stemming from allegations when he substituted for the fourth grade teacher at W.R. Powell Elementary School in Azus March 21.
A jury deliberated for three days before failing to reach a decision Monday. Seven jurors believed Harper was guilty while five believed he was not.

The District Attorney’s office will not refile the case officials said.

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Doctor denies sexual assault allegations

A Rowland Heights doctor is accused of sexually assaulting patients at a Whittier Hospital. he denies the charges. Here’s our story so far:

WHITTIER – A doctor denied sexually assaulting patients during office visits.

Dr. Wazir Nadir Ali, 44, of Rowland Heights pleaded not guilty to five counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object and two counts of sexual battery by fraud at his Tuesday arraignment at Whittier Superior Court.

He will return to court Nov. 6.

The charges stem from an incident in 2005 and a second incident 2007 at a Bright Medical Associates facility on Whittier Boulevard in Whittier. Two women alleged Ali sexually assaulted them under the guise of a medical examination.

Ali resigned from Bright Medical last year.

Sheriff’s booking records show he is out on bail.

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Sex offender was wearing GPS device on football field

A registered sex offender was playing football for PCC while wearing a GPS tracking device, according to a story by Jeremy Balan in the PCC Courier.

Darryl “Slurp” Stevens was kicked off the team after he was arrested on an assault charge, according to the article. Here’s a sample:


A registered sex offender and member of PCC’s football team, was arrested Sept. 2, the first day of school, on an assault charge after a fight with a female friend.

Darryl Stephens (also known as “slurp” to friends and teammates) has been on parole since April 4, 2005, for a charge of “assault to commit a specific sex crime,” according to the California Department of Corrections. He was also wearing a GPS high-risk sex offender bracelet on his left ankle and was listed as a restrained person per a domestic violence order, according to the arrest report.

Stephens is now being held at Pitchless Detention Center in Castaic.

Photo by Daniel Lottes for PCC. 

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