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OC Woman Sentenced to Prison for Sexually Assaulting Teens

Kathia Maria Davis, a Laguna Niguel woman, was convicted of sexually assaulting two teenage boys who played hockey with a teen relative and sentenced this week.

In August 2012, a jury found Davis guilty of four felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old boy and two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. However, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on charges related to the alleged assault of a 14-year-old.

Prosecutors said that between 2010 and 2011, Davis had unlawful intercourse with the 16-year-old a number of four times and provided him with alcohol. The 16-year-old told his mother about the sexual relationship with Davis, and the alcohol she gave him, and she contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Officials said the victim notified his mother of the relationship, prompting a sheriff’s inquiry. During an investigation, authorities discovered there was a second and possibly third victim. This led to the discovery the the 14-year-old boy.

Prosecutors said that on one occasion between April 2006 and April 2008, Davis let her teenage relative and the 16-year-old guest drink alcohol during a sleepover at her home. After the other teens feel asleep on the floor, Davis kissed and sexually assaulted the 14-year old, prosecutors said. In June 2013, a separate jury found her guilty of four felony counts of lewd acts on a child in the case of the 14-year-old boy.

Davis was sentenced Tuesday to 16 months in prison, followed by three years of parole. Davis will also have to register as a lifetime sex offender as part of her sentence, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney’s office.

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. Don Ho is a criminal defense attorney in Orange County who can fight for your rights, contact Don Ho Law today.

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense attorney who serves Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.

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Orange County Caregiver Arrested for Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Client

Aliso Viejo resident, Robert Ligayo, 62, has been arrested and is in custody for allegedly sexually assaulting one of his client, a 66-year-old woman from Laguna Woods.

Orange County detectives arrested Ligayo Monday night after the woman called deputies. He was later charged with one felony count of sexual penetration by foreign object.

Prosecutors allege the defendant worked for a company called Salus Home Care. The woman hired him through an agency to care for her and her husband. The woman says Ligayo sexually abused her for six months.

Investigators say he allegedly admitted to sexually assaulting her, but Ligayo’s family members who went to court say the allegations are not true. Ligoya’s family says they’re stunned by the allegations, describing Ligayo as a family man who has a close relationship with his wife, six kids, and grand kids. Investigators say Ligayo, a licensed caregiver since 2001, has worked for several companies in south Orange County. He has no prior criminal history, and his wife says his previous clients loved him.

Ligayo appeared in court Wednesday and entered a not guilty plea to the sexual abuse charge. He remains in Orange County Jail. He is currently being held on $100,000 bail. If convicted of the current charges he could face up to eight years in prison and would have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

If you are accused of a sexual offense, not only may you serve jail time, but you may be required to register as a sex offender. If charged with these offenses it is important to be represented by an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney. Don Ho is a criminal defense attorney in Orange County who can fight for your rights, contact our office today.

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside and Orange County.

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La Puente High School Soccer Players Accused of Hazing and Sexual Assault

Four teenage soccer players have accused teammates at La Puente High School of luring them into a ritual of hazing and sexual assault to initiate them into the varsity soccer team, on school grounds, in a room next to the coach’s office. 

The victims were as young as 14 years old and the alleged events are believed to have happened in May. One player was allegedly hospitalized.

The victims’ attorney said the soccer coach “lured young boys to a back room to facilitate varsity members of the team sexually assaulting the boys by attempting to sodomize them with a foreign object… This has been taking place for at least two years, possibly longer,” the attorney said. The victims’ attorney has also claimed the school attempted to cover up the hazing incidents and that they “knew or should have known that these horrific acts were being carried out on school grounds.”

Officials said a mother of one of the alleged victims alerted authorities in early September after she heard her son crying in his room and he told her what happened.

The coach of the boys’ soccer team has been placed on paid administrative leave, said Barbara Nakaoka, superintendent of Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. Nakaoka declined to identify the coach. “This is deeply disturbing to me and the entire community,” Nakaoka said. “We do not and will not turn a blind eye to reports of harassment or hazing.”

Four people were cited and could face charges, pending a review by the Los Angeles District Attorney, said Sgt. Dan Scott, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Unit. Three of the four people arrested are minors, and one has since turned 18, according to Scott. These four people were night identified and all four were released to their parents.

“We believe there was hazing and assault, but no teachers or faculty members are believed to be involved,” Scott said. He said authorities conducted interviews with more than 70 boys at the high school, but noted that the investigation is ongoing. Sheriff’s officials were notified of the accusations about two weeks ago, following a complaint from the mother of one the alleged victims. “We are looking at all sports because the allegations of assault occurred over a few years, and there are multiple allegations,” Scott said.

Parents arrived on campus Monday to vent their frustration and demand answers. They displayed signs and banners, calling for school officials to be held accountable if the allegations prove true. School officials told reporters Monday that they are cooperating with law enforcement and have taken immediate steps to determine whether any policies were violated.

If you have been the victim of sexual assault or have been accused of committing sexual assault, it is important to seek immediate representation from experienced and knowledgeable attorneys. It’s every parent’s desire to see their children grow to be healthy productive individuals, but often times kids make mistakes and find themselves within the legal system. Attorney Don Ho, LLP, is experienced in representing juveniles in delinquency cases and navigating the long term consequences of those being accused.

Santa Ana City Councilman Arrested, Faces Sexual Assault Charges


Charges of sexual assault are life changing as they can ruin reputation, relationships, and careers.

On July 2, 2012, Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante, 47, was charged with sexually assaulting seven women, while working for the Orange County Public Works,  in what prosecutors said was an abuse of power and public trust. The allegations against the Councilman include luring women into his office during business hours, under pretenses of discussing business matters, only to hug, kiss, and grope them. 


The alleged sexual assaults are said to have occurred between 2003 and last year. However, statute of limitations restrict additional charges with twelve other women from being filed. The victims are said to have faced intimidation tactics and were fearful of losing their jobs if they were to come forward. As a result, a judge has ordered Bustamante have no contact with the seven women he is alleged to have sexually assaulted before and during the trial.

Bustamante’s defense attorney is asking for dismissal of all charges, accusing the Office of the Orange County District Attorney of deliberately hindering his client’s opportunity to have a fair trial. Specifically, he accuses the District Attorney of excessive comments that crossed the line of acceptable legal conduct to tarnish Bustamante as a “sexual offender of the worst sort.” 

Bustamante’s arraignment has been re-scheduled for July 26. If convicted on all counts, Bustamante faces a maximum of 26 years in state prison, and would be subject to lifetime sex offender registration

If you have been accused of sexual assault, the experienced Orange County Criminal Law firm of Don Ho, LLP can help you better understand your legal rights and options.

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