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Lakewood High School Teacher arrested for sex abuse of student

Posted on September 21st, 2017

Lakewood High School’s Mary Jahn is the 52-year-old English teacher arrested on nine felony charges related to sexual abuse of a then-15-year-old female student for a three-year period, 2008-2011. The survivor is now an adult, and thankfully, reported the sexual abuse to officials this year. After the reporting, the Long Beach Unified School District placed Jahn on leave from her job; she was eventually arrested by Long Beach Police on September 13, 2017. The nine charges include sexual penetration by a foreign object (four counts), lewd act upon a child (three counts) and oral copulation of a person under 18 (two counts). The Long Beach Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office continue to investigate the Mary Jahn case. Over the course of two decades, in our very considerable experience working with institutional child sex abuse cases, we have virtually never come across the case of a school teacher, coach, volunteer, bus driver, scout leader, or any other authority figure at the school having sexually abused a child “just that once” or “just that one student” over the course of his or her career. Frankly, we are almost certain that Long Beach Police will find additional survivors…

BEAUMONT HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ABUSE

Posted on September 21st, 2017

Beaumont Unified School District’s Samantha Lee Ciotta is the 32-year-old English teacher and head cheer coach at Beaumont High School recently arrested for sexual abuse of a student. Beaumont police detectives began investigating this case based on a tip. In the course of the investigation, the victim disclosed the months-long unlawful sexual abuse by a teacher at Beaumont High School. Based on evidence the authorities discovered (inappropriate communications between the teacher and student via various messaging platforms), Ciotta, of Banning, California, was taken into custody on Wednesday September 20, 2017. She is currently held at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in nearby Banning, also in Riverside County. In our very considerable experience over the course of decades, we have virtually never seen a teacher, scout leader, coach, or any other authority figure working with children, having committed child sexual abuse “just one time” or “just with this one victim”. Unfortunately, there is a near-100% chance that police will find additional students from Ciotta’s seven years as a credentialed teacher, and possibly prior, beyond the one that is reporting currently. If your child knew Ms. Ciotta, was taught by her or coached by her at Beaumont High or prior, and…

Santa Ana High school wrestling coach suspected of sex with student

Posted on September 3rd, 2017

An Orange County wrestling coach at Santa Ana High School, in Santa Ana, CA, was arrested on Tuesday August 29, 2017, on suspicion of having sex with a teen student. Jaime Orendain is the 34-year-old part-time coach at the high school, and it’s alleged that the sex took place both on campus and during school hours, over the course of several months. Orendain was taken into custody on Tuesday after attempting to flee. Corporals Bertagna and Lopez of the Santa Ana Police are involved in the investigation. Every time we read of a coach, teacher, scout leader or pastor arrested or sentenced for having molested a child, the investigation always finds, over time, that there were multiple occasions, with multiple victims, over the course of years if not decades. With near-100% certainty, we can say that this is never “one time molestation” or “one victim molestation”, as this is learned behavior on behalf of the predator. We expect that authorities will uncover victims beyond the one who reported initially. If you suspect that your child was a victim of harm by coach Orendain, please contact us, as well as contacting authorities. We, Estey & Bomberger, are a law firm specializing…

LA Unified School District soccer coach sentenced for sex abuse

Posted on September 1st, 2017

Ronnie Lee Roman of San Fernando is the 44-year-old soccer coach for a Los Angeles Unified School District after-school program. On Tuesday, August 29, 2017 he was sentenced to “105 years to life” — the maximum — for sexual molestation of multiple students over the course of several years. We have virtually never seen a coach, teacher, scout leader, etc, committing “one time” or “one victim” molestation. It is a near-100% certainty that authorities will encounter victims beyond those who have already reported their crimes. If your child was coached by Ronnie Lee Roman, either at Cahuenga Elementary, Vine Street Elementary or any other school in the LAUSD, and you are suspicious of any harm this teacher may have caused your child, please contact us right away, after having contacted authorities. Our firm, Estey & Bomberger, is a sex abuse law firm specializing in child survivors. We are located at 445 FIGUEROA ST in LOS ANGELES, CA — please use this form or call 213.596.4855. Consultations are no charge and no obligation. If we are hired, a client’s family pays nothing up front; we pay all costs on the survivor’s behalf. Costs can include bills for psychological and medical professionals.…

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES continue to victimize sex abuse survivors

Posted on August 28th, 2017

An article was published recently about Jehovah’s Witnesses and their inappropriate handling of child sex abuse allegations after-the-fact, in The Guardian. Jonathan Rose is a convicted pedophile and a former “elder” of the Manchester New Moston congregation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. He was jailed for nine months. As if his original sexual abuse of a child is not enough… one victim was criticized as being a troublemaker, not a reliable witness one victim’s abuse was essentially dismissed for having been too close (as a child) in age to the (adult) perpetrator at the time one victim was threatened that actions against Rose would be dropped if at least two victims did not show up to a three-hour appeal process one victim was forced to confront Rose, and to be questioned by him as in “What was I supposed to have done to you that night” All told, this charity failed. It failed to protect children in the first place. Then it failed to provide accurate/complete answers to the Charity Commission’s investigation. Then it failed to respect the dignity of the survivors and their families, by continuing to allow Rose to carry out pastoral and promotional duties, despite the fact that…

ORANGE COUNTY MUSIC TEACHER ARRESTED, SEXUAL ASSAULT OF CHILD

Posted on August 26th, 2017

30-year-old music teacher, Christian Hernandez, of Los Rios Rock School in San Juan Capistrano, was arrested on Thursday August 24, 2017 for sexually assaulting a minor student. This sort of teacher behavior is not usually a “one time” or “one victim” opportunity. It is very likely, as investigators have said, that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will encounter victims beyond the two who have already reported. If your child took music lessons from Christian Hernandez, either at the Los Rios Rock School, privately, or at a business that formerly employed him, and you are suspicious of possible harm to your child by this teacher, please contact us right away, in addition to contacting authorities. Estey & Bomberger is a sex abuse law firm and we specialize in child survivors. Please use this form that follows, or call 213.596.4855, ASAP. Confidential initial consultations are at no charge, and come with no obligation. We pay all costs on a client’s behalf, he or she pays nothing up front, including medical and psychological bills for services. A client only pays if we recover money on your behalf. Our decades-long history of working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse has been quite successful. We…

Elite Brentwood School teacher arrested for having sex with teen

Posted on August 20th, 2017

45-year-old Aimee Palmitessa was arrested Friday, August 18, 2017, and taken into custody by LAPD detectives, for having sex with a 16-year-old student. Sexual relations between a teacher and a student is sexual molestation of that student. This behavior, on behalf of a teacher, is usually not unique to one time, one victim. It’s expected and likely that law enforcement will find victims beyond the one who initially reported, at Brentwood, or schools at which she formerly taught. If you are suspicious of your child having been harmed by this teacher, please contact Estey & Bomberger. We are sex abuse lawyers specializing in child survivors. Please use this form, or call 213.596.4855, ASAP. We are at 445 Figueroa in Los Angeles. Our confidential initial consultations are at no charge, and there is no obligation to hire us. If you do hire us we pay all costs on your behalf, including medical and psychological, and you only pay if we recover money on your behalf. A client pays nothing up front. Our long 20+ year history of working with child sexual abuse survivors has been quite successful in helping these survivors and their families both financially and emotionally. An on-staff psychologist, our experience…

What to Look Out for if You Suspect Your Child Was Abused

Posted on August 4th, 2017

When your child leaves the home for daycare, school, foster care, or other out-of-home settings, you trust others with his or her wellbeing. Unfortunately, not every caregiver is trustworthy. Violent and criminal perpetrators may hurt your child physically, mentally, or sexually. Child abuse out of the home is a difficult reality to face, but doing so as soon as possible can save your child from serious harm. Watch for these signs to confirm or deny your suspicions about child abuse. Physical Signs The most obvious signs of child abuse are physical marks. Check your child for strange or unexplained injuries, such as bruising patterns or hand-shaped marks. Burns and cuts are also signs of potential abuse. Signs of sexual abuse include bloody underwear, a sexually transmitted disease, trouble walking/sitting, genital pain, and pregnancy. Look for injuries such as fractures or bruises that don’t match what the caregiver says happened. For example, if a daycare worker says your child tripped and fell but your child has injuries consistent with someone yanking his or her arm instead, this is a red flag for abuse. A caregiver, such as a foster family, failing to give your child medical or dental treatment is another form…

Marina High School track & field coach arrested for sex abuse

Posted on August 4th, 2017

High School volunteer track and field coach and Marine recruiter Gonzalo Castro of San Clemente has been arrested after a then-17-year-old student’s allegations of sexual abuse during an off-campus training run. As sexual molestation of students (or any children) is learned behavior, it is not likely to catch a pedophile such as Castro early-on in his ‘molestation career’. It’s expected and likely that law enforcement will find child victims beyond the one who initially reported. If you are suspicious that your child may have been harmed by this volunteer coach, 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 only pay if we recover money on your behalf. Estey & Bomberger are trial attorneys with a 20+ year history of working with child sexual abuse survivors. This long history has been quite successful in helping these survivors,…

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…

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