Police are searching for an unknown man who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman on the grounds of a historic mission in Oceanside last month.
According to investigators, the sexual assault happened on Mar. 18 around 3:30 p.m. outside the Mission San Luis Rey on Mission Avenue.
Police say a man grabbed a female victim, fondled her and allegedly attempted to drag her into some nearby bushes. The woman fought back, striking the suspect, and was able to run away.
Three weeks later, police say the suspect is still at large. On Wednesday, officials released a composite sketch of the man.
Investigators describe him as a Hispanic man in his 30s, approximately 6-feet-tall and 200 pounds. He has brown or black shoulder-length hair, a moustache, a large mole on his neck and a tattoo of a snake on the back of his left forearm.
The Oceanside Police Department is asking anyone with information on this case to contact detectives handling the case at (760) 435-4824 or (800) 78-CRIME.
A Canadian man has been charged with statutory rape and arranging to have sex with a minor in San Diego. In addition to rape charges, the man is accused of possessing child pornography.
San Mateo detectives believe the 26-year-old had been speaking with a 16-year-old San Mateo girl online and was allegedly planning on meeting the minor. Detectives began posing undercover as the teen girl and arranged a meeting with the man at a San Francisco airport. The man flew in from Canada and was then arrested.
A follow-up investigation led detectives to the discovery of child pornography on an electronic device belonging to the suspect. As a result, authorities obtained an additional arrest warrant for him.
A man faces seven felony charges for allegedly beating and sexually assaulting a female housekeeping employee in San Diego. The suspect will stand trial on charges which include three counts of rape by force. According to the report, the man attacked the 54-year-old woman when she was cleaning an empty hotel room.
After the attack, the suspect allegedly fled on foot, but he was arrested three days later. If convicted, the man will face up to 450 years to life in prison. The woman testified at the preliminary hearing and detailed the events that took place. She stated the man struck her in the head, left her unconscious, and raped her multiple times.
Crime lab personnel identified the man as a prime suspect after DNA linked him to the attack. The suspect is believed to have been connected to another reported sexual assault that took place in October.
A Mission Viejo swimming coach has been banned for life by swimming’s national governing body after he admitted to having inappropriate conduct with a female teenage swimmer. According to the report, the coach became involved with a 15-year-old when he was 28-years-old and developed a long-term sexual relationship with the teen girl.
In a separate case, an Orange County swim coach resigned from his position at Golden West Swim Club (GWSC) after a story reporting his alleged sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior toward female teen swimmers. As a result, the GWSC has implemented policies and programs through a non-profit foundation designed to prevent inappropriate behavior toward athletes.
The swimmer involved in the case of the Mission Viejo Natadores coach case chose not to file a complaint or participate in the investigation. The coach however, stated that an inappropriate relationship occurred and thus he elected not to contest the sanctions imposed, including a lifetime ban.
The case for the Golden West Swim Club coach remains under investigation.
An undercover prostitution sting has led to the arrest of a San Diego sheriff’s deputy. The deputy, a helicopter pilot, faces one count of soliciting prostitution. As a result of the arrest the officer has had his badge and gun revoked and he has been placed on paid administrative assignment pending the outcome of his case. According to the report, the deputy has been with the department since 1991.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office has reported a 600% increase in human trafficking in the last 5 years; most of these involve sex trafficking of children:
A San Diego man has been sentenced to 12 years prison after he pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of children. The man was identified as a “pimp” when detectives discovered his connection to online advertisements for escorts involving underage girls working as prostitutes.
One of the girls who worked for the suspect, described him as “ruthless” and “crazy”. She also stated that he physically assaulted for hiding money from him. Court documents further showed that the man beat the girl and took the money she made from prostitution to buy sneakers from a Gucci store.
Stories involving child abuse and harm are some of the most difficult to hear. Unfortunately, reports such as this one are prevalent in our everyday news.
According to this article by Fox 5 San Diego, a South Bay elementary school teacher is accused of possessing child pornography and using it to convince boys to expose themselves online. The 41-year-old was previously charged with molesting a former student. Today, he faces new charges which include allegations of a sex crime committed against a second boy. In addition to previous charges, the suspect now faces 12 counts of committing a lewd act on a child involving a second victim.
The first-grade teacher was initially arrested after agents with the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force searched his home. An investigation discovered the suspect posed as a girl on website called “MeetMe” and persuaded boys to expose themselves live via webcam.
“According to the UT San Diego news on February 7, 2013, a teacher at the New Haven Youth & Family Services in Vista, a residential and educational facility in the northern part of San Diego County that treats boys from about 8 to 17 who suffer from emotional and behavioral challenges, was charged with having sex with a 16 year old former student at the facility. The Court ordered 35 year old Kelly McKenzy Watson, to be incarcerated in County Jail for one year with probation for 3 years. Although the Judge did not require her to register as a sex offender (RSO), he did include in his Order that she not work with minors in the future.
The article revealed the teenager had not considered himself a victim, he cares for and did not want the soon to be mother of his child to go to jail, and he wants to be involved in the life of their child. The Judge noted that Watson would be released from jail early in consideration for the health of the unborn child, and if she successfully completes probation Watson will not serve the remainder of her jail sentence.
It is clear such a sexual relationship is inappropriate, inexcusable and illegal. This conduct cannot be condoned in society, particularly since teachers hold a position of trust. In reviewing many of these cases, however, there does not appear to have been deviant sexual behavior, and the individuals have often evinced a strong bond of love and affection. On September 5, 2012, the Commission on Teaching Credentials suspended Watson for this misconduct pursuant to Education Code section 44940.. There are many unintended consequences in this tragic story, and in particular the loss of a Special Education teacher who are otherwise much needed in the school system. Click this link for the licensing status of the former educator who received her initial teaching credential in 2004:
For the most part, many of us have not read or heard about ACE’s, the acronym for adverse childhood experiences. Whereas highly negative experiences as a child often create indelible marks in his/her brain impacting child development, they do not have to be irreversible. For more information of significant interest, see the following: http://acestoohigh.com/2012/10/03/the-adverse-childhood-experiences-study-the-largest-most-important-public-health-study-you-never-heard-of-began-in-an-obesity-clinic/
Negative childhood experiences inevitably can cause anxiety, toxic stress, fear, shame, disappointment, anger, hopelessness, helplessness, despair and depression. They can arise from one or more specific incidents of neglect; physical, sexual, verbal and/or emotional abuse; and family dysfunction in general. When the feelings that arise from such experiences become intolerable, they can move from being an acute and temporary problem to a chronic and continuing episode. For far too many, they not only impact a child’s development but frame their adult life. They are often linked to and the causal factor behind substance abuse; mental illness; criminal behavior; separation and divorce; neuro-psychiatric and neuro-psychological problems, major medical health conditions as well as auto-immune diseases; work absences and employment problems. However, learning more about this scourge and most importantly obtaining appropriate and if necessary ongoing care and treatment can alter the fabric of life.
Far too many examples are evident in the news every day, yet there are clues that either were ignored &/or rationalized by parents, siblings, relatives, peers, friends and associates. Become more aware of those you love and with whom you associate so that their personal feelings are addressed, if only to be the one who listens and hears the challenges and struggles they may experience. Hopefully, encouragement will suffice; however, recommending one obtain counseling and professional guidance may ultimately be the best remedy and tool for accommodating negative feelings and ultimately reduce the ACE score. Also, see http://www.socialjusticesolutions.org/2014/08/07/q-pediatrician-screens-parents-kids-trauma-ace-score-9/
Commentary by Sex Crime Defense and San Diego Criminal Attorney Sam Spital:
“On January 21, 2013, in the digital edition of the NBC Channel 39 news, an article was published regarding the growing sexual crimes, including sodomy, adultery, pornography and related offenses such as sexual harassment. It was revealed that about 30% of commanders in the military were ousted because of sex crimes and misconduct during the past eight years.
Some top officials believe a policy of zero tolerance equally and more consistently enforced across all ranks within the military service, whether generals or admirals may curb this increased problem. Others believe the ethics training that is given in the military needs to be implemented earlier in everyone’s career.
Whether it is declining ethical values &/or alcohol and drug related issues, these problems are pervasive in the military as we have also seen in various other positions in government, all the way up the ladder to those who have been respected as leaders in the House, the Senate and even former Presidents. Perhaps the situation is no different than what exists in society today, however, we expect those in governing positions to be models for the rest of us who should be able to emulate great qualities and not substantial lapses in judgment. There may be a silver lining in that more misdeeds are being reported and the public is not ignoring such offenses &/or these transgressions, but demanding justice.
The role of the defense lawyer not only serves to refute any or all of the elements of a crime, but most often to establish the redeeming qualities of the offender, if any, as well as remorse and rehabilitation.”