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August 2017 Archives

32 arrested in sex offender compliance operation

On Aug. 21, California authorities began a three-day operation to ensure that Sacramento County sex offenders were complying with the sex offender registration requirements. During the course of the operation, 32 individuals were taken into custody for failing to register or who were in violation of the laws.

Man sentenced to life in prison for grad student murder

A California man was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Aug. 16 for the 2014 murder of a Chinese engineering student. The 21-year-old man was just one of four individuals charged with the murder of the 24-year-old University of Southern California graduate student.

The limits of consent as a defense for sexual assault accusations

Prosecutors in California must meet specific criteria to prove allegations of sexual assault. The penal code defines an assault as separate from rape, which arises from intercourse without consent. An assault takes place when a person touches another person's intimate areas. Specifically, these can be one's sexual organ, anus, groin, buttocks or the breasts of a female. Direct contact with skin or contact through clothing both count as touching. The person touched must not consent to the action. In some cases, consent might not be clear, and a person charged with sexual assault might claim that consent was given.

4 charged with attempted murder following bar shooting

Four California men were charged with attempted murder and criminal street gang activity on Aug. 1 after they were accused being involved in a shooting that left one person hospitalized. It appeared that the shooting was caused by an argument that turned physical.

Ankle monitoring for youths may do more harm than good

If your child is in the California juvenile justice system, you may be like many other parents who feel their children's situations are getting worse instead of better. While the purpose of juvenile justice is to save children from a life of crime and redirect them to a more positive future, the system often sets up children for failure, and some youth advocates believe the system itself is flawed.

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