Articles Tagged with exploitation

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Peter Herz, a 61-year old Westminster resident, pleaded guilty to a possession of child pornography charge in February. This offense is among many that are eligible for lifetime sex-offender registration. Before his arrest and incarceration, Herz reportedly had a job as a pianist and musical director for Laguna Beach’s “Pageant of the Masters.” Sources say he was also an accompanist at Cal State Fullerton’s Theater Department.

Herz was targeted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) “Operation Predator,” an initiative designed to protect children from sexual predators and to identify and rescue victims of child exploitation.

While Herz was out on bond and waiting for trial, he allegedly obtained new electronic devices and obtained new images of child pornography on them. In total, Herz was reportedly in possession of more than half a million images and roughly 400 videos of child pornography.

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A 24 year old man named Bryan Asrary was arrested in Revere, Massachusetts, on December 18th after allegedly soliciting nude photos from a Los Angeles County minor.

Los Angeles Sheriff’s detectives from the human trafficking bureau started an investigation after being told that an 11 year old girl had been extorted for sexually explicit pictures.

The girl told detectives that this started two years before, when she was 9. She was viewing the Instagram page of Bieber when she received a direct message from another Instagram user who said he knew Bieber and could arrange a text meeting with the victim.

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Authorities announced Tuesday, that 68-year old Dr. Michael Popkin was arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting several female patients during their exams over the last 15 years.

According to investigators, these alleged sexual assaults took place in his office on Balboa Blvd between 2001 and 2016. Two woman have reported incidents that are said to have taken place in 2014 and 2016.

One of the woman said to reporters after being questioned Tuesday morning about having reservations of coming forward, “At the very beginning? Yes. But once I started, I was angry, and this is my way of venting out what I need to vent out. Because this is not right.”