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OC high school Spanish teacher gets 4 years for sex crimes with teenager

Orange County district attorney's office

High school Spanish teacher, Scott Adrian Peterson

Scott Adrian Peterson was sentenced Friday to four years in prison after pleading guilty to various felony sex crimes involving a 17-year-old female student.

The 50-year-old Spanish teacher met the girl at Orange High School where he taught. The pair would go to Disneyland and other social events, according to the Orange County DA office.

Beginning in April 2010, Peterson took sexually explicit photos of himself with the victim and had regular meetings with the unnamed teen at a motel and in an Orange riverbed near Anaheim Stadium.

When a family member discovered the illegal tryst, the Orange Police Department was called. 

“They pinged his new cell phone and the ping came around the area of the riverbed,” Deputy District Attorney Katherine David told CBS last year. “All of the detectives were driving around there and they just so happened to spot (the victim’s) car.”

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Orange County pastor gets 330 years for sexually assaulting 5 boys

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Oscar Perez booking photo.

An Orange County pastor has been sentenced to 330 years in prison for sexually assaulting five boys who were members of his parish.

The district attorney's office said Friday that 69-year-old Oscar Perez was convicted of 26 felony charges relating to the assaults during a trial in July.

Prosecutors say Perez assaulted the boys, ages nine to 15, from 2007 to 2011 while they were visiting or sleeping over in his Lake Forest apartment.

One of the boys told his mother, who reported it to the sheriff's department. The subsequent investigation revealed four other victims.

Perez represented himself as an Apostolic pastor and bishop at Iglesia Antigua in Laguna Hills. Prosecutors say he gained the boys' friendship by having them assist with church services.

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Backpack of 'volatile' explosives found under OC bridge

backpack explosives ditch

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Orange County workers discovered a backpack containing grenades and other explosive devices near the intersection of Orangethorpe and Lakeview avenues in Placentia.

A backpack packing a number of explosive devices was found Monday in a storm channel under a bridge near Anaheim. Orange County bomb squad investigators detonated the hand grenades about 1:15 p.m. in a containment vessel, and the rest of the explosives were boomed about 2:45 p.m. in a larger open-air trailer, Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.

The bag, found by a county work crew in a drainage ditch near Orangethorpe and Lakeview Avenues, contained six grenades, a number of blasting caps, canisters, fuse ignitors, black powder, white powder and other items.

Amormino told KPCC's Rob Strauss that the longer the bag sits, the more unstable it becomes.

"[The explosives are] all located in this backpack, which has been there for a while. We can tell by the deteriorating condition of the backpack. But because they have been there for a while, makes them even more volatile."

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Automated Orange County marijuana machine aims to mellow critics

Autospense

A patient takes his medicine out of the automated medical marijuana machine

A medical marijuana dispenser created in Orange County hopes to be the cure for what ails the controversial mini-industry.

Autospense, a high-tech vending machine that doles out pot, is the safest, surest, most fiscally-transparent way to issue medical marijuana to patients who qualify under 1996's Proposition 215, say its creators.

Aliso Viejo's The Dispensary Group says that because the Autospense requires a medical marijuana card and a PIN number, and scans the patient's finger for added verification, concerns that the medicine not getting in the proper person's hands should be relieved.

Meanwhile government officials who claim that dispensary bookkeeping is less than exact will be happy to know that every transaction on the Autospense is videotaped, digitally recorded, documented in every way (time, date, patient name, even strain of medication), and locked away in a secure vending cage.

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Dennis Rodman may be jailed for failure to pay spousal and child support

Dennis Rodman

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Former Detroit Piston Dennis Rodman gestures while addressing the media during a press conference at The Palace before an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Friday, April 1, 2011, in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Dennis Rodman, once affectionally nicknamed "The Worm", is apparently buried in debt and may see the inside of a jail cell.

The flamboyant NBA Hall of Fame inductee owes his ex-wife, Michelle Rodman, more than $800,000 in back child support for their two elementary school-aged children, as well as over $50,000 in unpaid spousal support, according to The Daily Pilot.

Rodman is scheduled to appear Tuesday in an Orange County courtroom today for contempt of court. The author of "Bad As I Wanna Be" and "I Should Be Dead by Now" could be sentenced to 20 days in jail.

The defensive specialist's defense team has a sobering excuse for his failure to pay: he is "extremely sick" from alcohol abuse, they claim in court documents.

While he once pulled down rebounds alongside Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant and earned millions of dollars, Rodman is now being represented by lawyers who are working pro-bono because the crossdressing star is so broke he has to borrow money from among others, his finance manager Peggy Williams, the documents claim.

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