SP man convicted of sex crimes
SP man convicted of sex crimes
A Santa Paula man with a history of sex crimes against children was again convicted of several felony charges, including three counts of lewd acts upon a child. The victim was under the age of 14. Alfonso Gonzalez, of Santa Paula, was convicted in Ventura County Superior Court last week for incidents that occurred in 2012 and 2013. Gonzalez was arrested for the crimes in 2013.

The relationship between Gonzalez and the victim was not disclosed, but the victim, who was about 10 when the crimes occurred, referred to Gonzalez as “Papa.” In addition to the felony convictions, Gonzalez was found guilty on 15 special allegations and was found to be a habitual sex offender. He faces up to 50 years in prison on the convictions. Gonzalez is currently lodged in the Ventura County Jail, awaiting sentencing on November 17.

Santa Paula sex crimes attorney


If you’re facing sexual assault charges in Santa Paula, sex crimes attorney Robert Helfend is ready to take your case. Sex crimes convictions are very serious, especially when they involve child victims. You could be facing a long sentence, designation as a habitual offender (if you have prior sex assault convictions), and lifetime sex offender registration.

In addition to incarceration and potential restitution, lifetime sex offender registration means that status will follow you wherever you go. Moving out of the area, or moving out of state will simply transfer the sex offender registration requirement to your new state. You cannot restart your life and you cannot put a sex crimes conviction behind you, regardless of the circumstances of your case.

If you’re facing sex crimes charges, do not attempt to defend yourself and do not rely on a public defender to stand up for your rights in court. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County sex crimes case.

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Domestic Violence Ends in Murder
Domestic Abuse Ends in Murder
A Bakersfield man led detectives to the Ventura County location of his wife’s body after co-workers reported the woman missing. Gonzalo Garibay, 44, was arrested in connection with her murder, which police suspect was the result of domestic violence. Rosa Garibay, 41, was the mother of three children, and was last seen by her co-workers on Sunday, July 17.

Garibay led detectives to a remote site in the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County, where he had placed his wife’s body. According to Bakersfield police, they visited the Garibay home five times between 2014 and 2016, with two of the calls arising from domestic violence complaints.

Garibay was charged with a single, misdemeanor count of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant in 2015, but the charge was later dropped. Police removed two vehicles from the Garibay household, and indicated that one showed signs of blood spatter. The three minor children are currently in the custody of their paternal grandparents. Police said that if Garibay had not taken them to the location of his wife’s body, it likely never would have been found.

Domestic Violence Attorney


Domestic violence is a complex crime, and requires the assistance of an experienced domestic violence attorney. In many cases, accusations of spousal abuse split apart couples and families. The situation may escalate, and result in more serious outcomes.

In many cases, couples and families can benefit from alternative early interventions, which can help avoid future incidents of domestic abuse. An experienced domestic violence attorney can help you and your spouse or partner find alternative, non-criminal interventions that satisfy the Court and help avoid future domestic abuse allegations. The Court is always ready to adjudicate matters; that’s why it exists. Often, however a better resolution is available, and helps to re-unite families and couples while avoiding criminal convictions.

If you’re facing a domestic abuse charge, don’t attempt to defend yourself and don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney. Instead,

contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County domestic violence case.

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Murder Conviction in Laut Case
Murder Conviction in Laut Case
Prosecutors in Ventura County won a first-degree murder conviction against Jane Laut, wife of former Olympic track and field standout Dave Laut. After four days of deliberation, the jury found Laut guilty of the murder charge and the special enhancement of personally and intentionally discharging a weapon. Laut was accused of shooting her husband in August 2009.

Domestic violence defense used in murder trial


Dave Laut, who was the athletic director at Hueneme High School at the time of his death, won a bronze medal in the 1984 Summer Olympic games, held in Los Angeles. Jane Laut claimed that she was the victim of domestic violence throughout the couple’s 29-year marriage. She testified that she had been beaten, raped and abused habitually, and that he had brandished a gun and threatened to shoot her, the couple’s 10-year-old son, and the couple’s two dogs on the night he died.

Jane Laut testified that she and her husband fought over control of the weapon, and that she could not remember exactly what happened during the physical altercation. Prosecutors argued that the evidence did not support Jane Laut’s version of the events of that night, pointing out that Dave Laut had been shot six times at point-blank range in the back of the head.

If you’ve been charged with murder, you need the assistance of an experienced Ventura criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense in Southern California for more than 30 years, and handles tough felony cases like murder.

Mr. Helfend will fight aggressively for your rights and freedoms, and will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Prosecutors will work hard to make you believe that the evidence against you is solid. Often, their cases have significant holes, which they hope that you, your attorney or the jury won’t notice. Mr. Helfend exposes the weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case against you. He helps the judge and jury develop reasonable doubt that the police and prosecutors have charged the right person, or that the evidence actually supports the charges against you.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County murder case.

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Child endangerment in Fillmore
Child endangerment in Fillmore
Two Fillmore sisters were arrested on child endangerment charges after they left a two-year-old boy strapped into a stroller on Los Serenos Drive. A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy discovered the boy while on patrol. He asked two people nearby about the boy, initially presuming them to be the boys’ parents. They reported that two women who had been with the boy had argued, and left in opposite directions, leaving the boy behind.

Sisters accused of child endangerment


The deputy took the child to the Fillmore Station and called Child Protective Services, which took custody of the boy. Deputies eventually identified the boy’s mother and aunt as the two women who had left the boy by the roadside. The boy’s mother, 29-year-old Marisela Aguilar, and his aunt, 31-year-old Elida Aguilar, were arrested on felony endangerment charges. Marisela Aguilar also had an outstanding warrant for her arrest on unrelated charges. The boy has been placed in the care of a relative.

If you’ve been arrested in Ventura on criminal charges, including child endangerment, your best defense strategy is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Robert Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively, and has taken criminal defense cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years.

Conviction on child endangerment charges can lead to jail time, fines, court-ordered supervision, loss of custody and termination of parental rights. In a case like this, it is imperative to have the assistance of a skilled criminal defense attorney with you in court and throughout the judicial process. When the best interests of your children and family are on the line, don’t attempt to defend yourself and don’t rely on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County child endangerment case.
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Sexual Assault Charge For Ventura Man
Sexual Assault Charge For Ventura Man
A 41-year old Ventura man was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a minor. Edward Joseph Rosales was accused of rape by force, lewd conduct with a child under 14 and displaying harmful matter to a minor. Deputies executed search warrants at Rosales’ place of business, Ventura Photographix, as well as his home. He was taken into custody at that time.

Sexual assault victim knew defendant


Police were notified of the assault on December 9, but did not say when or where the assault took place. The victim was acquainted with Rosales from modeling work she had performed for him previously. Rosales was booked into the Ventura County Jail and was given a $750,000 bond.

If you’ve been arrested for sexual assault, you should know that the courts view sexual assault as an extremely serious offense. Prosecutors and judges want to make an example of those who are convicted of sexual assault, and they want to assign as much prison time as possible to those who are convicted. Without an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side, you risk facing the stiffest possible sentence without receiving due consideration of the circumstances of your case.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer and he knows that even the most heinous allegations of sexual assault against a minor don’t mean that a defendant is guilty. Mr. Helfend forces prosecutors to prove their case beyond any reasonable doubt, because he fights hard for his clients in court.

Prosecutors work especially hard to get convictions against adults who commit crimes against children. They are often under enormous pressure from parents and the community to convict a defendant, even when the evidence doesn’t support the charges. That’s why it’s critical to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney when you’ve been accused of sexual assault involving a minor. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you disprove false accusations, and get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether.

Don’t wait! Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County sexual assault case.

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Sexual Assault Charge for Ventura Man
Sexual Assault Charge for Ventura Man
Matthew Boyd, 41, of Ventura was arrested after having been accused of inappropriate sexual contact involving a minor. The victim reported that Boyd touched her in a sexual way. Detectives investigated the incident and spoke with several other minors who indicated that Boyd had also molested them. One victim, who is now an adult, reported that Boyd had assaulted her in 2006, when she was a minor.

Police seek additional sexual assault victims

Ventura police contacted Boyd, who turned himself in. He has been charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child, lewd conduct with a child under 14 and lewd conduct with a child age 14-15. Ventura police are seeking the public’s assistance to identify more potential victims. All of the victims in this case identified Boyd as their attacker. How Boyd came in contact with the victims is not known.

If you’ve been arrested for sexual assault, or sex crimes that involved an underage victim, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend can defend you in court. Mr. Helfend specializes exclusively in criminal defense and takes difficult felony cases, including sexual assault and sex crimes against children.

Mr. Helfend will not judge you based upon what you’ve been accused of and will fight aggressively to get the sexual assault charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. Mr. Helfend is known in Ventura County courts for his aggressive defense style. He also offers more than 30 years of criminal defense experience in Southern California.

When you’ve been accused of a serious felony like sexual assault, hire an experienced, aggressive and successful criminal defense attorney. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County sexual assault case.

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teacher-books-apple-13935071-lAn English teacher at North Dakota’s West Fargo High School is facing five felony counts of Corruption or Solicitation of a Minor related to an alleged incident involving a 17-year-old student.

According to a criminal complaint filed by prosecutors, West Fargo teacher Aaron Knodel allegedly engaged in sexual acts with a former female student, once at his residence, and another inside his car. The alleged incident occurred five years ago, although charges are just now being made.

Knodel was named “Teacher of The Year” for the entire state of North Dakota last September, which is pretty impressive considering there are over 8,000 teachers throughout the state.

We were informed today that a complaint had been filed today in Cass County District Court against Aaron Knodel,” said West Fargo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David Flowers. During a later press conference, Dr. Flowers went on to say that he recommends Knodel be placed on suspension without pay until the case is decided.

But Knodel’s attorney Robert Hoy fired back at the allegations, saying his client is a “husband, father and highly regarded high school teacher.” Hoy also stresses the fact that the allegations against his client involve alleged incidents from five years ago.

I don’t know why such allegations would arise now, but the passage of time makes it much more difficult for Aaron to defend himself,” said Robert Hoy, Knodel’s defense attorney. “So, until we can have an opportunity to present this case to a jury, I ask that prospective jurors keep an open mind and reserve judgment, despite the salacious allegations that have been made.”

Aaron Knodel is a husband, father and highly regarded high school teacher,” Hoy said. “He has been a positive influence in the lives of hundreds of students. As you can imagine, being charged with a crime is a devastating experience, which will impact him and his family forever.”

In addition to teaching English at the West Fargo High School, Knodel also coaches for the debate team and speech class. According to a press release, Knodel served as the lead negotiator for the West Fargo Education Association. He’s a highly esteemed teacher who many people view as one of the county’s leading educators. Perhaps this is why news of Knodel’s charges have created so much controversy and commotion in the otherwise quaint town of West Fargo, North Dakota.

wvudfm-newark-delaware-1943154-lA popular Christian gospel radio host and personality was arrested earlier this month over allegations of child sex crimes.

Police say 35-year-old Caldonia resident John Balyo paid someone to arrange sexual encounters with children. While details remain sketchy at this point, the investigation is believed to be part of a massive crackdown on child sex crimes by the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Operation Predator.

Baylo was arrested while attending the Big Ticket Festival, a Christian music festival held in Gaylord. The arrest was performed as a joint-task operation with HSI, Michigan State Police, and the Battle Creek Police Department.

HSI officials released a statement following the radio host’s arrest, saying Baylo paid a defendant, who is the subject of a separate child sex crimes case, to arrange sexual encounters with minor victims.

Federal investigators believe the person whom was hired to arrange sexual encounters with minor victims is 42-year-old Ronald Lee Moser of Battle Creek. Moser allegedly ran a website which offered to arrange sexual encounters for paying customers.

91.3 WCSG, the Christian gospel radio station for which Baylo previously worked, published the following statement on their website:

“This past Friday, the WCSG family was shocked and saddened to learn that WCSG morning show host, John Balyo, was arrested amid allegations which have since been much publicized. On Saturday, WCSG and Cornerstone University ended its affiliation with John.

We sincerely grieve over these recent events, in particular the tragic impact on victims and their parents. The trafficking and exploitation of minors is absolutely deplorable.

The WCSG family is deeply aching and know you may be hurting as well.

We know that no one, absolutely no one, is immune from falling into the darkness of sin. And yet, we have hope. Those who truly follow and live for Jesus Christ know He alone has the power to restore broken lives and broken trust.

So, why haven’t the police released any specific details regarding this case? Being that it’s an open investigation, police need to tread lightly to increase their chances of a conviction. “Further details about the investigation are being withheld pending the defendant’s appearance in court to answer to the charges.” wrote the Battle Creek Police Department in a press release.

Baylo had recently wed earlier this year. There’s been no official statement made by his wife.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, approximately 1.8 million adolescents in the United States have been the victims of sexual assault.