John Mordecai Scott Now Faces 111 Years in Prison for Alleged Sex Crimes with Five Girls

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See Update No. 2 on page 2 on the total number of victims pinned to John Mordecai Scott rising to five, and the potential penalty now standing at 111 years in state prison. Update No. 1 was on the piano teacher's original arraignment.

Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's Department
A parent's tip led to John Mordecai Scott's arrest.
ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 11, 8:17 A.M.: A 58-year-old man who taught piano to children at his Lake Forest home and two South County music shops has been arrested for allegedly taking lewd photos of at least two female students.

An investigation by the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force led to the arrest of John Mordecai Scott at his home in the 20700 block of El Toro Road in Lake Forest on Friday, according to a statement from Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock, the department spokesman.

While the case currently centers on two girls, investigators fear there may be other victims.

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Jin Woo Park, Heung Soon Kim, Miyoun Kim Allegedly Ran Irvine, Newport Beach Brothels

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Courtesy of Irvine Police Department
From left: Jin Woo Park, Heung Soon Kim and Miyoun Kim face pimping, pandering and human trafficking charges.

Apologies to Gao Yang Zhou, because the just-convicted brothel owner may have had competition when it came to running the best little whorehouse in Irvine. The police department announced the arrests Thursday afternoon of three people who allegedly operated brothels in apartments in Irvine and Newport Beach.

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Angel Monzon Accused of Collecting $24,000 in Disability While Earning $54,000 at New Job

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Gives new meaning to diamonds on the soles of your feet.

An employee for a building remodeling company was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday for allegedly cashing in $24,000 in disability checks after telling doctors he could not work--and then working somewhere else installing granite and earning $54,000.

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Attorney General Kamala Harris to Fight Orange County Federal Judge's Death Penalty Ruling

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State of California
"This flawed ruling requires appellate review," Kamala Harris says.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday the state will appeal Santa Ana-based federal Judge Cormac Carney's ruling that found the state's death penalty system is unconstitutional.

See also:
Federal Judge Cormac Carney in Santa Ana Rules Cali Death Penalty is Unconstitutional
Orange County Federal Judge Aided Rapist/Killer's Death Penalty Appeal

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Federal Judge Slaps Gun Dealer For Illegal Weapon Sales

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I reckon Judge Staton just slapped you...
An Orange County federal judge showed no patience with a dope-loving, convicted felon who sold three firearms to undercover government agents in 2012 and handed him a high-end punishment based on sentencing guidelines.

Brandon Fitzpatrick entered U.S. District Court Judge Josephine L. Staton's courtroom on Aug. 15 with three prior felony convictions and watched federal prosecutor's recommendation of a 33-month sentence turn into a 41-month prison punishment.

In addition to Fitzpatrick's substance abuse--daily marijuana, methamphetamine and alcohol intake, the defendant has a history of violence against his mother, according to federal law enforcement records.

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San Clemente Border Checkpoint Follows Big Meth Bust with Bigger Meth, Coke and Pot Busts

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Agents show off their two-day haul of drug bundles from San Clemente.

Remember how $330,000 worth of methamphetamine was just found at the San Clemente border checkpoint on Aug. 6? Perhaps it was part of a great big drug convoy because two busts at the same border stop last week uncovered more than a half-million dollars worth of meth, marijuana and cocaine, according to federal authorities.

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Gao Yang Zhou Gets Four Years for Running the Best Little Whorehouse in Irvine

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Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's office
Gao Yang Zhou actually oversaw three whoring spots.
Gao Yang Zhou, the 35-year-old operator of what was once the best little whorehouse in Irvine, cut a deal with an Orange County Superior Court judge that had him pleading guilty Monday to operating a brothel in exchange for four years in state prison.

The Rowland Heights resident faced a maximum of 11 years and eight months in prison if he was convicted without a guilty plea, the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) said at Zhou's arraignment in December.

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Jonathan Phan and His Spock Ears Arrested for Being Alleged Nude Santa Ana Burglar

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Courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department
Jonathan Phan gets new clothes.
Folks, we may have found the genius criminal to end all genius criminals, and as a bonus this one has Spock ears.

A man broke into a residence in the 2011 block of West Civic Center in Santa Ana on July 22, removed all of his clothing and went to sleep in a bed already occupied by a female resident.

She woke up, noticed the nude stranger sleeping next to her and screamed--so loudly that the man awoke, jumped out a window and ran off.

That might have been the end of it if it weren't for this: He left behind his pants.

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UC Irvine Study Finds Children of Incarcerated Parents Suffer More Health, Behavioral Woes

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Are you there, dad? It's me, Junior ...

The children of parents who are incarcerated in the U.S. suffer significant health and behavioral problems, and in some cases these problems are worse than those experienced by kids dealing with divorce or a parent's death, according to a new UC Irvine study.

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Great Park Public Relations Consultants Get 5 P.M. Deadline to End Odd Contract Secrecy

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Councilman for life, Larry Agran: Irvine's most secretive, professional politician since the 1970s
The auditor working to uncover explanations for wild, dubious spending of Orange County Great Park funds by a prior Irvine City Council majority of Larry Agran, Beth Krom and Sukhee Kang has given that trio's favored political consultants a 5 p.m. deadline to disclose key expense records.

In an Aug. 15 letter to lawyers representing Forde & Mollrich of Newport Beach, Anthony R. Taylor--Irvine's independent audit counsel--outlined repeated, unsuccessful demands that the firm surrender documents supporting the more than $7.23 million Agran, Krom and Kang diverted from public park construction funds from July 2005 to January 2013.

Though Taylor reminded Stu Mollrich during a July deposition that Forde & Mollrich's no-bid, no-benchmark contract required the firm to cooperate with all audits of how government funds were spent in a sweetheart, Agran-inspired, $100,000-plus-per-month deal, the consultant's lawyer--David Elson of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips--interrupted related questions 22 times in moves designed to stonewall public knowledge.

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