Thousand Oaks police arrest man for sex crimes
Thousand Oaks police arrest man for sex crimes
Thousand Oaks police arrested an Oak Park parolee last month for sex crimes, including possession of child pornography, annoying or molesting a minor, and sending sexually abusive materials to a minor.

According to police, Matthew Myers posed as a 17-year-old boy, and contacted a 15-year-old girl via the social media site Facebook. After conversing with the girl, he asked her for sexually explicit photos. He is also accused of contacting a 16-year-old boy and sending him sexually explicit photographs.

Myers is on parole for previous sexual assaults, and is monitored electronically. In September 2015, Thousand Oaks police, working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, developed information that Myers was engaging in behavior prohibited by the terms of his parole. They seized evidence from Myers’ computer that revealed his contact with at least a dozen minors.

Myers was arrested in Pasadena, and was held on a $1 million bail. Since he has committed a parole violation, he is not currently eligible for release on bail.

Oak Park sex crimes lawyer


Convictions for sex crimes have consequences that will last long after you’ve been released from supervision. Registered sex offenders may find it difficult – if not impossible to find work and housing. A growing number of restrictions work against you, effectively eliminating your opportunity to re-enter society successfully.

Lifetime enrollment on the state’s sex offender registry – which is required following most convictions – works to exclude convicted sex offenders from most meaningful activities. Moving doesn’t help. Your California sex offender status will follow you wherever you go.

If you’re facing sex crimes charges, you need the immediate assistance of an aggressive, experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes the tough sex crimes cases that most criminal defense attorneys shy away from, and he will fight aggressively for your future in court.

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 sex crimes case.

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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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Camarillo sex crimes against children
Camarillo sex crimes against children
A Los Angeles man was sentenced to 75 years in prison for sex crimes committed against children. Luis Manuel Gonzalez, 62, was convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old Camarillo girl while visiting the girl’s family in November 2013.

While investigating the incident, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office discovered additional victims. After Gonzalez was arrested for the first three assaults, VCSO investigators found two additional victims. All five victims were minors at the time of the incidents, but at least two victims no longer reside in the area.

In June, Gonzalez pleaded guilty to three counts of child molestation. In August, he was sentenced to three consecutive prison terms of 25 years to life.

Camarillo sex crimes attorney


Sex crimes against children are prosecuted vigorously, and sentences can be exceptionally harsh. If you’re arrested in Camarillo for sex crimes, whether or not they involve children, Robert Helfend is ready to take your case.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of courtroom experience, exclusively in criminal defense. He does not judge his clients based on what they’ve been accused of, but he does fight aggressively for your rights and your freedom.

Under new sentencing requirements, the law may require prison sentences for certain sex crimes convictions. You may also be subject to sex offender registration requirements, which sometimes last a lifetime. When it’s not possible to get charges against his clients reduced or dropped, Mr. Helfend works toward the best possible outcome in each case. That may include alternative sentencing, plea agreements or other strategies that will lessen the impact of a conviction.

Don’t attempt to defend yourself and don’t go into a courtroom as a defendant alone. 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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Oxnard coach sentenced for sex crimes
Oxnard coach sentenced for sex crimes
A former Oxnard volleyball, basketball and soccer coach was sentenced for sex crimes involving children. William Esau Matau pleaded guilty in June to one count of committing lewd acts upon a child, possession of child pornography and child molestation.

Matau was sentenced to 300 days in the Ventura County Jail and five years of probation. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victims for at least 10 years. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the two victims, as well as fines and court costs. He must also register as a sex offender.

The case involved two victims under the age of 14, and allegedly occurred in December 2015. Matau worked as a volleyball coach for the Oxnard Recreational and Community Services Department at the time of his arrest. Prior to this incident, he had no criminal record.

Oxnard sex crimes lawyer


Ventura sex crimes lawyer Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense in Ventura and throughout Southern California. He takes sex crimes cases, including those involving minors. Many sex crimes lawyers shy away from taking cases that involve minors because they find these cases too difficult to defend against, or the nature of the crimes distasteful.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on what they’re accused of. He treats sex crimes cases like all other criminal defense cases, and works diligently to provide the best possible counsel and defense to his clients.

Convictions on sex offenses in California can have lifelong consequences, regardless of the length of the sentence imposed by the Court. Sex offender registration can make it difficult to find gainful employment and suitable housing following conviction. Carelessness in maintaining proper registration information can quickly lead to re-incarceration, and long-term harassment by the police.

Don’t risk your freedom on the skills of a criminal defense attorney who does not have experience in defending against sex crimes, or who does not want to defend you aggressively. 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 sex crimes case.

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Sex crimes charges for Oxnard man
Sex crimes charges for Oxnard man
An Oxnard man was arrested in March and accused of a number of sex crimes involving a minor. Aaron Reid was booked on suspicion of three counts of lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 14, after the parents of the victim initiated a complaint. According to the complaint, Reid was an acquaintance of the family.

Hire an experienced sex crimes attorney


If you’ve been arrested on sex crimes charges involving minor children, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend can help you prepare a robust criminal defense.

Mr. Helfend is an experienced sex crimes attorney who works exclusively in criminal defense matters. He takes all kinds of criminal cases, including felonies and misdemeanors. Being arrested on suspicion of having committed a crime does not mean that you forfeit your rights. Even after you have been charged with a crime, you still have rights under the law. Mr. Helfend will work hard to ensure that your rights are protected within the judicial process. At the same time, Mr. Helfend will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether.

Convictions for sex crimes can have lifetime consequences. Even after you have been released from prison, the law may require lifetime registration and supervision on the state’s Sex Offender Registry. This can prevent you from finding a job and a home!

Mr. Helfend has established a reputation as a fair but aggressive defense attorney and can help you defend yourself successfully, even when the case against you appears strong. With more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense in Southern California, Mr. Helfend knows what it takes to defend yourself in court. Don’t gamble with your freedom, especially when you’ve been charged with a serious sex crime, like child pornography.

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 pornography case.

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Child Molestation Investigation Leads to Death
Child Molestation Investigation Leads to Death
A Ventura man apparently shot himself to death at a Ventura martial arts studio when police arrived to investigate multiple claims of child molestation involving persons under the age of 18. Police arrived at the business to serve a search warrant and were forced to retreat when a man inside produced a gun. As police were leaving the building, they heard a single shot.

Child molestation suspect found shot


Police sent a robot equipped with a camera into the business and saw the body of the man whom they had previously encountered. Police said that they had enough evidence to arrest the man when they served the search warrant.

If you’ve been accused of a crime like child molestation, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Southern California for more than 30 years and has established a reputation as an aggressive defender.

Crimes against children are notoriously difficult to defend against, and many criminal defense attorneys are reluctant to take these cases because judges and juries can be so sympathetic to the victims. Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based upon what they’ve been accused of. Instead, he works with the facts and the evidence to construct the best possible defense strategy.

Conviction on sex crimes, whether they involve children or not, will result in incarceration and lifetime registration on the state’s sex offender registry. In addition, you may not be able to find gainful employment and you may have difficulty securing housing following your release. Don’t entrust your future to an inexperienced criminal defense attorney. Take affirmative steps to defend yourself, and work with an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend.

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 Internet crimes/child pornography case.

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Simi Valley Man Convicted of Sextortion
Simi Valley Man Convicted of Sextortion
A Simi Valley man pleaded guilty to extortion, sending harmful matter to seduce a minor and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Corey Ackerman, 27, was arrested last September following a lengthy “sextortion” investigation. Earlier in 2015, he was sentenced to five years of probation for extortion, possession of child pornography, and blackmail.

Second sextortion conviction came with prison term


Ackerman came to the attention of police as early as 2014. Following his first sextortion conviction, a number of minors came forward to tell police that Ackerman had contacted them through social media, and attempted to engage in sexual activity with them. According to the victims, Ackerman told the victims that he had pornographic pictures of them and that he would delete them only if they agreed to have sex with him. The victims were between the ages of 12 and 17 at the time of Ackerman’s contact. Upon his second conviction, Ackerman was given a 6 year prison sentence and was ordered to pay restitution to the victims.

If you’ve been arrested on sextortion charges, child pornography charges, or charges related to other Internet sex crimes, especially those involving minors, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend can help you prepare a successful criminal defense.

Mr. Helfend is an experienced criminal defense attorney who works exclusively with clients charged with criminal offenses in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. Mr. Helfend will protect your rights during the judicial process, and will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether.

Don’t be fooled by the bravado of investigators and prosecutors who are simply working to get a conviction. Often, they don’t have enough evidence to fully support the charges they threaten to bring against you. Mr. Helfend has established a reputation as a skillful, aggressive defense attorney and can help you defend yourself successfully, even when the case against you initially appears strong.

Don’t gamble with your freedom. Your best defense strategy is to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can bring together the resources you need to defend yourself in front of a judge. 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 sextortion case.

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Men netted in sex offender sweep
Men netted in sex offender sweep
Police arrested a Moorpark man and a Simi Valley man, both for failing to register as sex offenders. Brian Campbell, 26, of Moorpark had been convicted of possessing child pornography, and had failed to register as a sex offender after having moved to a new address in November 2015. He was arrested on outstanding warrants for drug related crimes. His bond was set at $40,000.

Pedrito Vicente, of Simi Valley, moved in March 2015 and failed to register as a sex offender with authorities. He had previously been convicted of two counts of child molestation. His bond was set at $35,000.

Sex offender registration required after move


If you’ve been arrested on child pornography charges, or charges related to other Internet sex crimes, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend can help you prepare a successful criminal defense.

Mr. Helfend is an experienced criminal defense attorney who works exclusively with clients charged with criminal offenses, like child pornography and other sexual offenses. Mr. Helfend will work hard to protect your rights within the judicial process. At the same time, he will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether.

Convictions on sex offenses like child pornography create a long trail of consequences that you’ll be dealing with, often for the remainder of your life. In addition to incarceration, upon release, you’ll be required to register as a sex offender, no matter where you go – and often for the rest of your life. Even if you leave the state following your release, California’s sex offender registration requirements go right along with you. You’ll be required to register as a sex offender in your new location.

Registration on any state’s sex offender registry will make it difficult to find appropriate housing and employment, and you may have other restrictions involving where you live, what kind of work you can perform, and even whether you can have access to a computer.

Mr. Helfend has established a reputation as a fair but aggressive defense attorney and can help you defend yourself successfully, even when the case against you appears strong. Don’t gamble with your freedom.

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 pornography 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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