Wednesday, August 26, 2015

InTheNews: LA TIMES - Victorville man faces 366 years in 'most bizarre' child sex case



In the more than 10 years that San Bernardino County prosecutor Kathy DiDonato has prosecuted family sex and violence cases, she’d never had one like this.

The Victorville man’s crimes against the girl were meticulously planned, carried out and covered up so the girl’s mother could never find out.

After his arrest, he admitted to photographing and recording the abuse and told investigators he liked “messy sex,” DiDonato recalled Tuesday.

“I’ve done a lot of terrible cases. This was one of the worst cases I’ve prosecuted,” DiDonato told The Times. “You can’t articulate [what] was seen in this case. It’s the most bizarre sexual conduct I’ve ever seen.”

Authorities say that for two years starting in 2007, when the girl was just 5 years old, Sanchez abused the girl while the mother was away from the home.  The abuse was only discovered when the mother came home early, interrupting Sanchez, and the girl explained what had happened, DiDonato said.

The mother immediately grabbed her daughter and the girl’s sister and drove to a her parents' home, where she called police.

Click here to read the whole story.

SBSUN: Victorville man faces nearly 4 centuries in prison in sex abuse case

KTLA: Victorville Man Faces 366 Years to Life in Child Sex Case Prosecutor Calls ‘One of the Worst’

Monday, August 24, 2015

San Bernardino Restorative Youth Court is Coming!



Volunteer To Be A Judge In This Exciting Restorative Program!

ATTEND OUR TRAINING ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2015

×         Provides an alternative to suspension, expulsion and police citation

×         Builds on a student’s strengths and increase student competency

×         Gives students an opportunity for community service, leadership and career development through the new Student Leadership Academy

×         Creates student awareness of the impact of their actions on others in their school and community

×         Utilizes district and community resources to build student capacity rather than punishment
 
 
WHO CAN VOLUNTEER: Adults with experience in the judicial/legal system
WHY:   To be a Youth Court Judge
WHEN:   9/1/2015 at 3:30p.m.
WHERE: San Bernardino Adult Education Building
              1200 North E Street, San Bernardino, CA 92405

 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Statement from District Attorney Ramos regarding the formation of the Special Victims K-9 Unit

District Attorney Mike Ramos introduced Facility Dogs Dozer and Lupe today at a press conference. Both dogs will be assigned to the Special Victims K-9 Unit. (Pictured left to right: Victim Advocate Yesica Cioli, Chief of Victim Services, Flerida Alarcon, Dozer, DA Mike Ramos, Lupe, Victim Advocate Don Ross, Ellen O'Neill Stephens, Founder of Courthouse Dogs.)

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Sometimes just being in the physical courtroom itself can be stressful for kids. And then when you factor in the content of what they may have to discuss in their testimony, overall, it can be a traumatic experience. Asking a child to recall horrific details in a courtroom full of strangers, with his or her abuser staring from across the room, is a painful and sometimes embarrassing situation.

Our main goal is to greatly reduce the understandable fears that a child has about entering the courtroom. Doing so is beneficial to everybody involved because when the child is calm and feeling more confident, it is likely that we can more effectively obtain justice.

As District Attorney I am proud to announce the creation of our Special Victims K-9 Unit (SVK9U), which will ultimately help us better serve our most vulnerable victims, our children. At a press conference today, following the announcement of our new unit, we introduced our two new facility dogs, Lupe and Dozer.

Lupe and Dozer are both black Labrador Retrievers who were selected for training as facility dogs based upon their temperament and interaction with children. Both dogs went through extensive training at the nationally-accredited Assistance Dogs of the West, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico (www.assistancedogsofthewest.org). Lupe was born Oct. 4, 2013, and Dozer was born April 11, 2013.

In April of 2015, Don Ross and Yesica Cioli were designated the primary handlers of Lupe and Dozer. Don and Lupe will be assigned to the Central Division and Yesica Cioli and Dozer will be assigned to the Desert-Mountain Division.

Research shows that just having dogs nearby has a calming effect and lowers blood pressure. The level of cortisol which is associated with stress, is actually lowered when dogs are present, and the production of serotonin, a chemical which promotes well-being, is increased. That said, our facility dogs will not only have a calming effect for just the victims, but for everyone, including the judge, jury, clerks, prosecutors and defense counsel.

What makes this program even more unique is that it is funded with unclaimed victim restitution funds. When criminal offenders are ordered to pay compensation to victims and the funds are unclaimed, the funds are then transferred into a special account that is designated for services to victims of crime.

The Special Victims K-9 Unit is really just an extension of the great work our victim advocates already do in court, working hand in hand to serve victims. Having this added component allows us to look back at the end of the day and say that we sought justice with compassion for our most vulnerable victims.

Members of the public will be able to follow Lupe and Dozer on Social Media at the following locations:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/sbcountydak9
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SBCountyDAK9
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sbcountydaK9

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Only one more day until Dozer and Lupe are official!

District Attorney Mike Ramos will be announcing the formation of the Special Victims K-9 Unit followed by the official Swearing-In Ceremony of our two new facility dogs, Dozer and Lupe, on Aug. 21.
The event will take place at 9:30 AM at 303 West 3rd Street, San Bernardino 92415.
The purpose of the Special Victims K-9 Unit facility dogs will be to promote the mission of the office by providing companionship to child victims and witnesses during interviews and courtroom proceedings. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

District Attorney releases Public Service Announcement: “Don’t Leave a Baby in the Hot Car”




SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – District Attorney Mike Ramos released a public service announcement today to remind the public that when children are left in hot cars, they can succumb to heatstroke and ultimately death within minutes.
“The public service announcement we released today is a reminder to parents and caregivers of young children about the dangers of leaving young children unattended in a parked car,” District Attorney Mike Ramos said. “Please do not leave a child in a hot car, even for a few minutes. Doing so can be fatal.”
Ramos added, even when outside temperature are in the low 80’s, the temperature inside the parked vehicle can turn deadly within minutes—even with the windows partially open.
According to the San Francisco State University Department of Geosciences, there have been 637 deaths in the United States as a result of adults leaving a young child in a vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has provided the following tips and precautions for parents and caregivers on how to prevent heatstroke incidents from occurring:

·         Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle – even if the windows are partially open or the engine is running and the air conditioning is on;

·         Make a habit of looking in the vehicle – front and back – before locking the door and walking away;

·         Ask the childcare provider to call if the child doesn’t show up for care as expected;

·         Do things that serve as a reminder that a child is in the vehicle, such as placing a purse or briefcase in the back seat to ensure no child is accidentally left in the vehicle, or writing a note or using a stuffed animal placed in the driver’s view to indicate a child is in the car seat; and

·         Teach children that a vehicle is not a play area and store keys out of a child’s reach.

·         In addition, NHTSA urges community members who see a child alone in a hot vehicle to immediately call 911 or the local emergency number.

·         A child in distress due to heat should be removed from the vehicle as quickly as possible and rapidly cooled.
“Unfortunately, we had a recent case in the High Desert region in which a couple left their child in a parked vehicle for over an hour,” Ramos said. “We prosecuted both parents, and fortunately, the child didn’t suffer any major injuries. Today’s message is not about prosecution, but rather prevention. No child should ever be left in an unattended vehicle.”

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Swearing-In Ceremony for Two New Facility Dogs to Be Held Aug. 21


 
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – District Attorney Mike Ramos will be announcing the formation of the Special Victims K-9 Unit followed by the official Swearing-In Ceremony of our two new facility dogs, Dozer and Lupe, on Aug. 21.

The event will take place at 9:30 AM at 303 West 3rd Street, San Bernardino 92415.

The purpose of the Special Victims K-9 Unit facility dogs will be to promote the mission of the office by providing companionship to child victims and witnesses during interviews and courtroom proceedings. 

Lupe and her handler, Victim Advocate Don Ross, will be assigned to the Central Division.

Dozer and his handler, Victim Advocate Yesica Cioli, will be assigned to the Desert-Mountain Division in Victorville.