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Miramonte Elementary’s Joseph Baldenebro arrested for molestation

Posted on June 23rd, 2017

Fifth-grade teacher Joseph Baldenebro of Miramonte Elementary School in South El Monte, in the Mountain View School District, stands accused of inappropriately touching several female students. The girls were aged 8 to 11, and the molestation took place both on school grounds and in the classroom. This news is courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. As sexual molestation of students (or any children) is learned behavior, it is not likely to catch a pedophile such as Baldenebro early-on in his ‘molestation career’. Therefore, it’s expected and likely that law enforcement will find child victims beyond the ones identified in this story, and beyond the 2015 to 2017 timeline identified as well. If you are suspicious that your child may have been harmed by this teacher, please contact Estey & Bomberger, child sex abuse lawyers, by using the form that follows, or by phone at 213.596.4855, ASAP. Our law office is located at 445 Figueroa in Los Angeles. We offer confidential initial consultations at no charge. There is no obligation to hire us; furthermore, if you do hire our team there is no up-front payment up front. We pay all costs on your behalf, including medical and psychological, and you…

LA Unified Wrestling coach Terry Gillard accused of student sex abuse

Posted on June 14th, 2017

Wrestling coach Terry Terrell Gillard of John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley has been charged with sexually molesting four 14 and 15 year old students over the course of three years, according to the LA County District Attorney. Child sexual molestation is behavior that’s learned, and it would be unlikely for a pedophile to be caught in the early stages. It is very likely that Gillard has harmed many more than four children, over many more than three years. If your child was harmed by this wrestling coach, or if you are suspicious that this is the case, please contact the child sexual abuse attorneys at Estey & Bomberger, either using the form below or calling the office directly, 1-213-596-4855, right away. Our office is at 445 Figueroa in Los Angeles. Initial consultations at Estey & Bomberger are confidential, no-charge, and no-obligation. If you decide to hire our team, there is no payment up front; we advance all costs and you only pay if we win your case. Estey & Bomberger trial attorneys have been helping survivors of child sexual molestation for over twenty years, and have a very successful history helping these survivors and their families both…

Law Firm of Estey and Bomberger Files Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against the Diocese of Syracuse

Posted on June 7th, 2017

Diocese of Syracuse found that the victim’s claims of violent sexual abuse were credible and resulted in the removal of Father Felix Colosimo A sexual abuse lawsuit (Federal District of Connecticut, Case 3:17-cv-00906) against the Diocese of Syracuse was filed in a Connecticut Federal Court due to acts of pedophilia committed by a priest who allegedly took the plaintiff, then a minor altar boy, from New York to Connecticut in order to molest him. The federal lawsuit states that Father Felix Colosimo, then with the Diocese of Syracuse, drove a then 12-year-old Matthew Strzepek to a conference of priests in New York City in late 1987. It is at that New York City meeting, the lawsuit claims, where Father Colosimo sexually abused Strzepek at the hotel and then drove him to nearby Connecticut where Strzepek was again molested by Father Colosimo. For 13 years, from 1977 to 1990, Strzepek alleges that Father Colosimo molested him hundreds of times and in numerous Northeastern states. On one occasion according to the lawsuit, Colosimo forced Strzepek and another altar boy to have sex with him and with each other, videotaping and photographing the two. The other altar boy could not overcome the trauma…

West Virginia Case Could Empower Us, The People, To Define ‘Position of Trust’

Posted on June 6th, 2017

July 6, 2014 Summary:  A recent child sexual abuse case in West Virginia may have larger implications; a jury – not a judge – can define ‘position of trust’ in child sexual abuse cases.  This legal precedent could serve to empower future juries in holding more abusers accountable. Few people reading this would question what being in a position of trust means – most of us can generally agree that it’s an adult that has access to children, and has a reasonable expectation to ensure their safety.  In general terms, the problem is not “what” it is; rather, it’s “who” defines it.  A landmark case in West Virginia last month did much to clarify the “who” part of this equation. To introduce the case, a male bus driver recently plead guilty to child sexual abuse on both the bus driver’s and the 14-year-old victim’s property in 2012.  The circuit judge threw out the charges that occurred at the victim’s house, claiming that the bus driver wouldn’t have met the ‘position of trust’ definition at that time.  Luckily, common sense prevailed at their supreme court.  There, the jury – not the judge – determined what a position of trust was, and…

Carlsbad Pastor Matthew Tague Arrested For Sexual Molestation

Posted on June 1st, 2017

Carlsbad pastor Matthew Tague of North Coast Calvary Chapel has been arrested for child molestation. It is unlikely that Mr. Tague has harmed only one child. Child molestation is a learned behavior and it is rare that the perpetrator is caught early on. If your child was harmed by Mr. Tague, or you suspect that he could have, please contact the San Diego child molestation attorneys at Estey & Bomberger using the form below or by calling our office immediately. We are trial attorneys with more than 20 years of experience a long and successful history of helping victims of child molestation. Our staff includes a psychologist, and we help our clients to obtain the necessary counseling to aid them in their recovery. Our initial consultations are free, without any obligation and are completely confidential. If you decide to hire us, you only pay for our services if we win your case.   Information on the Matthew Tague Arrest Tague, an assistant pastor at North Coast Calvary Chapel, has been arrested for at least sixteen counts of child sexual molestation with a minor under the age of 14. Tague himself called the San Diego Sheriff’s Office to report his crimes…

Diana Yniguez, Ramona Convent in Alhambra, Arrested for Sex With Student

Posted on May 19th, 2017

Diana Yniguez, a teacher at the all-girls Catholic Ramona Convent Secondary School, was just arrested by the Alhambra Police Department for her unlawful sexual relationship with a teenage girl, and was subsequently placed on leave by the school. The girl was in Ms. Yniguez’ class during the 2015-2016 school year at Ramona Convent. Yniguez (also referenced as Diana Wendel) has taught at several other Los Angeles Archdiocese parochial schools for nearly two decades. The unlawful sexual relationship would probably have continued, said Alhambra police Sgt. Steven Carr, if it hadn’t been for the girl’s relative finding sexually-explicit texts on her phone, and informing her father. Victims, family members and witnesses can get help from attorneys Estey & Bomberger. This news of Ms. Yniguez’ arrest for illegal sexual relations may surprise residents of Alhambra and the San Gabriel Valley, perhaps especially residents that knew Diana Yniguez as a Ramona Convent Secondary student, it does not surprise the attorneys at Estey & Bomberger. This aggressive team of catholic church molestation attorneys has been working with young student victims of teacher sexual misconduct for two decades, and they expect to be working with students and their families in the Yniguez case. On a…

Sheldon High School Teacher’s Child Sex Abuse Arrest

Posted on May 6th, 2017

John (Juan) Richard Young is the latest in a very long list of Elk Grove Unified School District sex abuse arrests. The Spanish teacher was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of having had oral sex with a 17-year-old female student. Almost unbelievably, this is now the seventh employee, volunteer or contractor within the Elk Grove Unified School District that has been investigated for inappropriate behavior with children — in just fourteen months. The seven investigations (six arrests) include four teachers, a teacher’s aid, a volunteer and a crossing guard, all of whom have been acused of sexual misconduct. Elk Grove Unified District Spokesperson Xanthi Pinkerton said in her statement that “It is the district’s belief that even one incident is one too many; this number of incidents is high in a relatively short amount of time and this number is not acceptable.” The list that John Young joins includes: John Misplay, a Sheldon High teacher and former baseball coach, arrested in March of 2016 for inappropriate communications with students Eric Echols, a Prairie Elementary substitute teacher and para-educator, arrested in September of 2016 for performing inappropriate acts with students (his preliminary hearing at the Sacramento Superior Court is scheduled for…

Fresno Music Teacher Gabriel Argote Sentenced for Child Sex Abuse

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”.

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