Daily Archives: August 28, 2013

Redlands Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges

Former Redlands teacher, Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, recently pleaded guilty to six counts of felony sex charges of sex with a minor.

Whitehurst allegedly gave birth to a child police say was fathered by her student. Whitehurst was an adviser at Citrus Valley High School to the then-16-year-old boy, who is now 17, and believed to be the father of her child.

The victim’s mother reported the relationship to school officials, who contacted Redlands Police. The sexual relationship allegedly began in the summer of 2012 and continued for nearly a year. Two more students have been identified as having been in sexual relationships with Whitehurst, but other charges have not been filed.

There were questions about whether the school district violated the state’s “mandated reporter law” because it did not notify police about an unsubstantiated rumor about the teacher prior to her arrest. However, no charges were filed against the Redlands Unified School District by the District Attorney’s Office.

During the sentencing, the courtroom heard from the victim and his mother. Both asked the judge not to grant Whitehurst the plea deal, though both the victim and his mother had been in agreement with the district attorney’s plea deal prior to the hearing.

Whitehurst pleaded guilty to six counts of felony sex charges. Under the deal, Whitehurst will receive one year in jail and must register as a sex offender for life. She will also be under probation for five years, and she will have to forfeit her teaching credentials. 

If you are accused of a sexual offense, you may not only serve jail time, but you may also be required to register as a sex offender. If charged you or a loved one is charged with a sexual crime or offense, it is important to be represented by an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney

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Chris Brown Will Not Face Charges in Alleged Anaheim Club Assault

In June 2013 the famous R&B artist Chris Brown was accused of allegedly assaulting a 24-year-old Anaheim club-goer, Deanna Gines, inside the Orange County nightclub, Heat Ultra Lounge.

Gines alleged that Brown pushed her during a June 22 concert at Heat Ultra Lounge in Anaheim. The case, which could have resulted in a misdemeanor charge, was referred to the Anaheim city attorney’s office for review.

In July, Gines sued Brown and Royal Entertainment Inc., which owns the nightclub, claiming that she had been battered, assaulted and suffered emotional distress. She claimed Brown shoved her to the ground, injuring her left knee. After the incident, security kicked her out of the club, she claimed.

As of August 27, Anaheim prosecutors have decided not to file charges against singer Chris Brown over allegations that he assaulted a woman at a nightclub near Disneyland in June, according to a city spokeswoman.

As reported by the Orange County Register, the office “declined to file charges in this case based on review of the circumstances and evidence,” city spokeswoman Ruth Ruiz said in a written statement. According to Sgt. Bob Dunn, a factor that motivated the decision to decline to file charges was that two women who were with Gines when the alleged incident occurred failed to contact detectives.

Brown was famously convicted of assaulting on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. He was sentenced to five years probation for the attack and 1000 hours of community service. 

A criminal conviction is costly. It is possible that you may serve time in prison, disrupting your career and family life. Also, its possible that you will have to pay heavy restitution fines, resulting in financial woes. Your record may be stained by such convictions, and your reputation may suffer. Our goal at Don Ho Law is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense for those accused of a crime throughout Southern California. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Don Ho Law today.

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