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Koreatown Man Arrested for Coercing Teens Into Sending Sex Selfies

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LOS ANGELES – Law enforcement arrested a Los Angeles man on child sexual exploitation charges on Nov. 1, alleging that he met at least eight teenage girls on the internet and pressured them – sometimes by threatening suicide – into sending him sexually explicit images of themselves.

Francisco Sanchez, 30, of Koreatown, is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon on an 11-count federal grand jury indictment in United States District Court in downtown Los Angeles.

Sanchez is charged in the indictment with seven counts of production of child pornography, one count of distribution of child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography, and two counts of cyber stalking.

According to the indictment, between January 2014 and September 2016, Sanchez, posing as a teenage boy, contacted teenage girls online, using the pseudonym “Eddie Nash” to conceal his identity. He allegedly coerced some of them into producing sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves, sometimes by threatening suicide or threatening to post compromising pictures of the girls online.

In June 2016, Sanchez, while concealing his identity, allegedly sent a victim a text message and threatened to make her “internet famous” if she continued to ignore him. When the victim replied, “If you do that u will get arrested for child pornography,” Sanchez texted back, “so, but u will be famous” and “so be nice to me, i love u so much, i dont want to hurt u,” the indictment alleges.

The charge of production of child pornography carries a 15-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence. The charge of distributing child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison.

If convicted of all charges, Sanchez would face a statutory maximum sentence in excess of 200 years in federal prison.

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Police Oversight

Ex-LA Sheriff Baca to Serve 3-Year Prison Term for Corruption

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca Thursday was ordered to begin serving his three-year prison term early next month for his 2017 conviction for obstructing an FBI investigation into a large-scale corruption scheme in the county jail system.

Federal Judge Percy Anderson ordered the 77-year-old Baca to report to prison on Feb. 5 after the U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to hear his appeal requesting to overturn his conviction.

Baca, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, ran the nation’s largest sheriff’s department for more than 15 years.

On March 2017, Baca was convicted on federal charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice and […]

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Lakewood Felon Charged With Shooting Dog, Fleeing Police

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LOS ANGELES — A Lakewood man was charged Jan 14 with six felony counts, including animal cruelty, in connection with the fatal shooting of a dog, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Shane Michael Dubyak faces one count each of cruelty to an animal; fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly; possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, heroin and a revolver; and unlawful possession of ammunition as well as two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.

The case includes an allegation that Dubyak used a revolver in the commission of animal cruelty.

Arraignment is scheduled Jan 14 in Department 5 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Downey Branch.

On Jan. 5, the defendant reportedly shot a 15-year-old terrier named Artie that was left under his care, in the 16400 block of Phoebe Avenue in La Mirada, prosecutors said. On Jan. 10, police spotted Dubyak and he fled when they attempted to detain him, prosecutors added.

According to ABC “Detectives launched an investigation after the incident was captured on surveillance video, showing someone shooting the dog Sunday before driving off.”

Prosecutors are requesting the defendant be held with no bail for violation of probation terms in which Dubyak pleaded no contest to one felony count of identity theft with a prior.

If convicted as charged on the current case, the defendant faces a possible maximum sentence of more than 14 years in state prison.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Norwalk Station.

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Ret. LAPD Officer Accused Of Revenge Porn Facing Extortion, Assault Charges

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Retired LAPD Officer Accused of Revenge Porn By Ex-Girlfriend

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Criminal charges have been filed against a retired Los Angeles Police Department officer whose ex-girlfriend alleged in a civil lawsuit that he sent nude photos of her to their coworkers.

That retired officer, Danny Reedy, is now facing nine charges in connection with that relationship including extortion, assault, violating a restraining order and possession of a firearm by a person under a temporary restraining order.

Reedy has previously admitted to having had a relationship with Det. Ysabel Villegas that began back in 2013.

According to a lawsuit against Reedy and the LAPD filed by Det. Ysabel Villegas, that romantic relationship became physically abusive. When she ended the relationship, she alleged that Reedy threatened to share nude photos of […]

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