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Posted on April 19th, 2017

66-year-old Gabriel Argote, long-time music teacher at Mendota High School and Legends Music Sound Stage, was recently sentenced to eighteen years in state prison. Residents may be wondering “what’s next?” As the attorneys helping one of the young victims of Gabriel Argote, we are thrilled to hear this news of the sentencing. Over time we look forward to being part of the team that turns her into a survivor. Even back in February 2016, just after the Valentine’s Day sexual abuse reported by one 11-year old girl, her parents sensed that there were other victims. At that time, Argote was in court pleading not guilty to one felony count. Just two months later, in April, 2016, Argote was back in jail with five more counts of felony sex crimes involving, now, two victims – these latest allegations stemmed from 2009. The case has been deeply concerning to the Fresno community, where various aspects of the story have been reported several times over the year or so since last February. Now, finally, some closure: District Attorney Girard reports that Argote pled ‘no contest’ to child molestation of the two victims. GROOMING The February 2016 victim’s family, according to reports, says that…

Huntington Beach Uber Driver Samer Mahran Rapes Passenger

Posted on November 18th, 2016

In a current, ongoing news story, 23-year-old Uber driver Samer Alaaeldin Mahran of Huntington Beach, CA is accused of raping his unconscious passenger, a Laguna Beach, CA 17-year-old girl. A horrible story, to be sure. Unfortunately, new technology brings new problems, or at least the same old problems, with a new way for molesters to meet victims. The story has been reported up and down the west coast, in the LA Times, the Orange County Register, the Santa Cruz Sentinel and the Napa Valley register, just to name a few, not to mention that the news traveled across the country to the east coast’s Washington Post, the New York Daily News, Fox 29 in Philadelphia, and even across the ocean to the UK’s Daily Mail. SAMEER MAHRAN’S UBER FARE OF SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2016 According to authorities, the young girl was in a Huntington Beach bar early Saturday morning. Perhaps being under age in a bar is a topic for another day, as on this day, the girl’s parents were smart enough to use the Uber app to hire a driver for her, so that she could get home safely. They became concerned, naturally, when she didn’t arrive in the…

Fox News Interview on Child Sex Abuse Allegations at Prairie Elementary School

Posted on November 15th, 2016

  Expert Steve Estey discusses child sex abuse allegations at Prairie Elementary School with Fox 40 in Sacramento. Estey points out “What stands out to me is the number of victims at this point because if there is an isolated incident with one child and a one-time occurrence, maybe that slipped through the cracks. But with proper supervision, there’s no way you’re going to get allegations involving multiple victims”.

Prairie Elementary Teacher Jailed for Child Molestation

Posted on September 20th, 2016

Since the firm’s start nearly twenty years ago, attorneys Stephen Estey and Mike Bomberger of Estey & Bomberger, LLP, have focused on assisting the young survivors of sexual molestation in schools. Current news stories are not uncommon, and even though we’re disturbed to hear about Prairie Elementary, we can’t say we’re surprised. Our attorneys are already helping one survivor and family victimized by 29-year-old Eric Ernest Echols, and as the investigation reveals additional victims, we will be in a position to help. Support Systems – Two Types There are two types of support needed during any stressful situation, and never more so than during the overwhelming stress of sexual abuse of a young family member or friend. The first support category would be considered Family, Friends and Community. Regardless of the size of the family, the size of the community, and the family’s presence in the community, everyone comes together. This emotional support is and will be vital for years if not a lifetime. The second support category is what we refer to as Legal and Systemic. Even given a strong and supportive family and community, the school system is designed to prefer business as usual. Left to its own…

Help for Victims of Vista High School Basketball Coach Charlie Mercado

Posted on July 21st, 2016

Since its inception twenty years ago, Estey & Bomberger attorneys have specialized in helping young survivors of school sexual molestation.  There have been several institutional child sex abuse cases in the news recently, and our team of aggressive attorneys is already helping several survivors and their families.  As the Charlie Mercado story unfolds, Estey & Bomberger has made bandwidth available, to be able to give attention to victim — or, more likely, victims — and loved ones. Support systems have always been important for families, and never more so than in a time of overwhelming stress like sex abuse of a family member.  There are two reasons: The huge financial resources and giant bureaucracy of schools and school districts are no match for individual students or parents.  Left to its own devices, in most cases, even if the bureaucratic institution admits that its employee molested a child, it is unlikely that it will offer fair compensation to the survivor for the violations.  Furthermore, it is unlikely that the incident will result in any sort of significant change in the way it operates – background checks, oversight, etc. Family and friends are 100% supportive for the survivor emotionally, and this is…

Help is Available for Children and Teens Molested by Santana High School Track & Field Coach Keith Silvia

Posted on July 19th, 2016

Over the past 20 years, Estey & Bomberger attorneys have worked closely with young victims of child sexual molestation. This aggressive team of lawyers is currently working with the families of survivors in several other child sex abuse cases. The lawyers expect to be working with young victims in the Keith Silvia case as the story unfolds, and have made sure that they have the capacity to do so. Families of the victim always need a system of support to go up against the bureaucratic structure and large monetary resources of a school and school district. As you can imagine, those in charge at a school and its district may be reluctant to admit to sex abuse by an employee at all, let alone offer compensation to the victim(s) for the sexual violations, or better yet, improve the system of background checks and oversight. Additionally, families will want an ally that not only has the appropriate knowledge, but that also has a persistent and very aggressive nature to be helping them negotiate a settlement, try the case, and wade through the process in general. Strength and Persistence – Necessary Qualities in a Law Firm We hire the best and most…

Round Rock / East Austin, Texas Sex Abuse Lawyers

Posted on July 13th, 2016

Estey & Bomberger attorneys have been fighting on behalf of victims of child molestation and their families for over 20 years. Our legal team is currently working with the family of a victim in the McGee case, and is committed to fighting on behalf of any other young victims in Round Rock and East Austin, TX as their cases come to light. You need a support system to fight the church’s deep financial resources. The church will not want to acknowledge the sex abuse at all, much less pay a victim for the molestation or make changes in how it reviews pastors and other clergy. Additionally, you need an ally with legal knowledge and an aggressive and persistent nature to help negotiate a settlement or try your case. Our child molestation attorneys have the experience needed to successfully handle these emotional and complicated cases. A Strong and Persistent Law Team Estey & Bomberger will spare no expense in hiring experts, investigating the circumstances, and building the strongest-possible case. We have the resources, and will put them to work for you, for justice in your case. We have the know-how and the research team to thoroughly research your case, get the…

Mar Vista High School Sex Abuse Scandal

Posted on April 12th, 2016

Mar Vista High School Sex Abuse Arrests Three Mar Vista High School sex abuse arrests have the school reeling following the arrest of a tutor, substitute teacher and ROTC instructor along with a football coach. The walk-on assistant football coach Edward Aaron Mendoza was arrested for having an inappropriate relationship with a 9th grade student. Alejandro Rodriguez, an after school tutor, was arrested in March and charged with four felony counts of sexual relations with a person under the age of 18.  The news just came out today following the arrests of the two other staff members earlier this week. The week started with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department arresting Martin Gallegos, Mar Vista ROTC Instructor, on suspicion of sexually abusing a female student. Martin Gallegos is an ROTC instructor at Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach, California. A school resource officer for the sheriff’s department received word that a Mar Vista instructor was behaving inappropriately with a female student on April 8. Martin Gallegos was arrested the next day after the investigation was concluded. He now faces five counts of sexual misconduct. It is disappointing and disheartening for a community to discover that there is a child molester living in…

Corona Elementary School Teacher Will Stand Trial for Touching Female Students

Posted on April 11th, 2016

Shane Alan Kent, 56, a former teacher at Orange Elementary, will stand trial for four felony counts of lewd acts committed upon a child under the age of 14. It’s alleged that Kent “inappropriately touched” the first victim, a young female, which triggered the initial investigation. Three more victims came forward, claiming that Kent had groped them and slid his hands over their buttocks while hugging them during class activities between 2013 and 2015. Kent was arrested in February of 2015 following a police investigation. Kent is currently free on bail. The Tragedy of Teacher Sex Abuse Unfortunately, California now ranks third in the nation for incidents of teacher sex abuse. Teachers with predatory leanings take advantage of their position within the community and their proximity to children to take advantage of their victims. The process often begins with a teacher singling out a particular student whom they perceive as vulnerable. They then lavish attention on these students, telling them that they’re special, presenting themselves as friends and confidants. This serves to break down the child’s inhibitions. The predator may then abuse their child at their whim. It’s this sort of predation which is the most heartbreaking and traumatic for…

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Posted on April 11th, 2016

Four adult men have come forward to accuse Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the House, of sexually molesting them. The abuse allegedly took place while Hastert was a wrestling coach in Illinois in the 1960s and 1970s. Dennis Hastert is accused of molesting five victims, all of whom were wrestling students at the school where Hastert worked as a wrestling coach. One victim has since died of natural causes. On two occasions, prosecutors allege, Dennis Hastert gave an inappropriate massage to one of the boys in a locker room and then performed sex acts on him. He also targeted a third student to stay alone in Hastert’s hotel room during a trip to wrestling camp, where he told the boy to lie down on the bed and take off his underwear. Dennis Hastert then massaged the victim’s groin area. The fourth accuser says that Hastert touched him in a “very weird” manner while he was a student at school, according to prosecutors. “The actions at the core of this case took place not on the defendant’s national public stage but in his private one-on-one encounters in an empty locker room and a motel room with minors that violated the special…

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