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By Veronica Rocha | November 1, 2008
GLENDALE — A 57-year-old attorney was arrested Friday at his law office in connection with possession of child pornography and an Uzi, police said. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office charged Walter Luostari of Glendale with three felony counts of possession of child pornography and one felony count of illegal possession of an assault-style rifle. Glendale Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators arrested Luostari at his law office on the 1100 block of Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | August 20, 2008
GLENDALE — An eight-month-long federal investigation led to the arrests of 50 men, two of whom live in Glendale, on charges of possession of child pornography, officials said. Christopher Kenji Hamilton, 33, and Eric Johnson, 34, were each indicted on one count of possession of child pornography after federal authorities discovered that they and the other men were using peer-to-peer networks to share graphic videos and images of children, officials said. “We are dealing with a complicated effort over a number of months,” Assistant U.S. Atty.
NEWS
June 3, 2003
Legislation written by a local legislator that would increase penalties for child pornography has passed the Assembly and is headed for the state Senate. The legislation was introduced by Assemblywoman Carol Liu (D-La Canada Flintridge). The bill would give prosecutors the option to charge a person who has collected 100 or more images of child pornography with a misdemeanor or felony. A felony conviction could be punished with up to three years in state prison.
NEWS
May 4, 2005
Jackson Bell A Kansas City fugitive staying at the Glendale YMCA to avoid a 15-year jail sentence for possessing and distributing child pornography was arrested Tuesday, police said. Dion Devinny, 47, fled Missouri after his conviction more than a month ago, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. Acting on a tip, officers went to the Y's Louise Street building at about 10:30 a.m. and arrested him, Lorenz said. Devinny had been living at the YMCA, but Lorenz did not know for how long.
LOCAL
By Tania Chatila and Ryan Carter | March 4, 2006
GLENDALE ? Two men were sentenced in January to serve a combined 36 years in state prison for sexually exploiting underage girls in a prostitution and pornography operation they ran out of their Glendale home, police said. Kasey Lee Stinson, 21, and his cousin Stephen Mark Stinson were charged in July 2004 with more than four dozen felony counts of sexual exploitation, prostitution, child pornography, child pimping and unlawful sexual intercourse with minors and pornography, Glendale Police Det. Matt Irvine said.
FEATURES
By Chuck Sambar | April 19, 2006
Too many young people are engaging in dangerous and provocative computer use in the comfort and security of their bedrooms, just a few feet away from their parent's eyes and ears. And while Mom and Dad assume that their child is engaged quietly and diligently on study, research and homework using the computer, they are all too often oblivious to what is really going on with their child, the computer and the world beyond. Parents are either too trusting, naïve or lack the skill and expertise that their children have in the use of the home computer.
NEWS
March 19, 2005
Jackson Bell A former Crescenta Valley High School teacher pleaded no contest Friday to secretly filming female students and planning to distribute it as pornography. Rogelio Gallardo, 34, faces a maximum of 23 years in prison. Gallardo was arrested May 20 for surreptitiously recording 25 girls in a faculty restroom as they were changing into smocks for his ceramics class. Investigators have not confirmed whether he posted their pictures on the Internet.
NEWS
June 17, 2005
Jackson Bell A judge postponed the sentencing Thursday of a former Crescenta Valley High School teacher who pleaded no contest to secretly filming female students and planning to distribute it as pornography. Rogelio Gallardo, 34, was arrested in May 2004 for videotaping girls who were undressing in a faculty restroom near his class. On March 18, he pleaded no contest to 15 felony counts of intent to distribute pornography and 20 misdemeanor counts of peeping, recording, eavesdropping and destroying evidence.
NEWS
July 23, 2004
KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN I had another idea for my column this week, but it will have to wait. I felt strongly impressed that I needed to write on the following topic; one I pray will change the thought process of some. Our world has gone from an existence that holds modesty as a norm and moved into one where sex is a focus and sexy a standard to attain. While the oldest profession has existed even in times when women showed little more than their hands and faces (even a glimpse of an ankle was considered risque)
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By Veronica Rocha | July 22, 2009
LOS ANGELES — A 57-year-old attorney accused of possessing child pornography on his home computer and an Uzi assault rifle waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before he was held to answer on the charges, officials said. Prosecutors were supposed to present evidence in a preliminary hearing against Walter Loustari, a Glendale resident, on charges of possessing child pornography, but he decided not to go forward with the hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court and go straight to trial.
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LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | April 11, 2009
PASADENA — A jury found a Nickelodeon Studios animator guilty Friday of one misdemeanor count of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old boy and one felony count of offering to show pornography to the boy. But the 12-person jury was split on a third charge of showing, sending or distributing harmful material, and found Ezel Channel not guilty of touching a second boy at Nickelodeon, his attorney Thomas White said. Channel, 39, of Tarzana was accused of luring two teenage boys into his workplace, showing them pornography and inappropriately touching them in November 2005.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | November 1, 2008
GLENDALE — A 57-year-old attorney was arrested Friday at his law office in connection with possession of child pornography and an Uzi, police said. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office charged Walter Luostari of Glendale with three felony counts of possession of child pornography and one felony count of illegal possession of an assault-style rifle. Glendale Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators arrested Luostari at his law office on the 1100 block of Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | August 20, 2008
GLENDALE — An eight-month-long federal investigation led to the arrests of 50 men, two of whom live in Glendale, on charges of possession of child pornography, officials said. Christopher Kenji Hamilton, 33, and Eric Johnson, 34, were each indicted on one count of possession of child pornography after federal authorities discovered that they and the other men were using peer-to-peer networks to share graphic videos and images of children, officials said. “We are dealing with a complicated effort over a number of months,” Assistant U.S. Atty.
FEATURES
By Chuck Sambar | April 19, 2006
Too many young people are engaging in dangerous and provocative computer use in the comfort and security of their bedrooms, just a few feet away from their parent's eyes and ears. And while Mom and Dad assume that their child is engaged quietly and diligently on study, research and homework using the computer, they are all too often oblivious to what is really going on with their child, the computer and the world beyond. Parents are either too trusting, naïve or lack the skill and expertise that their children have in the use of the home computer.
LOCAL
By Tania Chatila and Ryan Carter | March 4, 2006
GLENDALE ? Two men were sentenced in January to serve a combined 36 years in state prison for sexually exploiting underage girls in a prostitution and pornography operation they ran out of their Glendale home, police said. Kasey Lee Stinson, 21, and his cousin Stephen Mark Stinson were charged in July 2004 with more than four dozen felony counts of sexual exploitation, prostitution, child pornography, child pimping and unlawful sexual intercourse with minors and pornography, Glendale Police Det. Matt Irvine said.
NEWS
By Jennifer Berry and Mary O'Keefe | February 19, 2006
A former Crescenta Valley High School counselor and boys' water polo assistant coach faces child-pornography charges. Michael James Huber, 50, is being electronically monitored at his Crescenta Valley house after posting 10 percent of $140,000 bail. He is being changed with seven felony counts of using a minor for sex acts, two misdemeanor counts of possession or control of child pornography, and two misdemeanor counts of child molesting. "He essentially paid some minors to take pictures," Detective Richard Lutz alleged.
FEATURES
December 3, 2005
An orthodox Jewish community in Lakewood, N.J., has banned the Internet for families that have school-age children, citing concern over access to sexual images. Under the ban, students with home access to the Web face expulsion from the area's Jewish private schools. What do you think of this policy, and the Web's effect on morality? We should all be concerned about the potential damage of Internet pornography on our youth. The effect it can have is a real, dominant and constant threat to the positive moral and social attitudes we try to instill in our children.
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