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Eliminating oversight for some parolees has mixed response

Eliminating oversight for some parolees has mixed response

SACRAMENTO, CA - This week, the California Department of Corrections of Rehabilitation will begin reviewing the files of more than 9,000 parole violators who have outstanding warrants for their arrest.

Typically when inmates are released from state prison, they're required to report to a parole officer for a few years. When they don't check-in or disappear, an arrest warrant is issued. 

It's too early to tell, but the review could lead to thousands of non-violent offenders having their warrants dropped and consequently released from state supervision.

On the surface, the move is being applauded by the Americans Civil Liberties Union.

'Roaming Rapist' suspect arrested in Isleton

SACRAMENTO, CA - The 14-year search for the man known as the "Roaming Rapist" ended Friday morning with the arrest of Dereck Sanders at a home in Isleton.

Sanders, 39, was taken into custody without incident and charged with a series of nine sexual assaults involving 10 women that took place in the city and county of Sacramento between 1998 and 2003.

DNA samples from the sexual assaults all pointed to one man, but investigators were unable to identify the man until they conducted a so-called "familial" search, which ended with a hit on Sanders' older brother, Ladell.

Ladell Sanders' DNA is in the criminal database from earlier convictions. 

Ladell Sanders, 42, is currently in the Sacramento County Jail awaiting trial on separate sexual assault charges.

After linking the "Roaming Rapist" series to a relative of Ladell Sanders, investigators began focusing on Dereck Sanders.

Sacramento man pleads to child porn charge

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento man faces a prison sentence of five to 20 years after pleading guilty to receiving child pornography.

Martinez police identified 66-year-old Alan Irwin Burnor when they observed his computer was offering child pornography via an online file sharing service and they could download child porn files from it, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California. The Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force joined the investigation and a warrant was obtained to search Burnor's home.

According to court documents, investigators recovered 100 video files and approximately 465 image files depicting toddlers and children being molested and abused from the suspect's computer. The files had been downloaded between July 23, 2010 and Oct. 16, 2011.

Sentencing for Burnor was set for Jan. 23, 2013.

Jury convicts Army officer in Land Park child sex encounter

SACRAMENTO, CA - A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army visiting Sacramento on military business has been found guilty of child sex solicitation charges.

The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office said a jury  convicted Jason Shepard of solicitation of a minor with the intent to commit an act of oral copulation, and annoying and/or molesting a child for a Jan. 31 incident near California Middle School in Land Park.

The 13-year-old girl was walking to school that morning when she testified man in a car pulled up to her and tried to get her to get into the car to perform a sex act in exchange for money, according to the court record.

The girl fled, reported the encounter to police who issued a description of the car and the driver to officers. A Sacramento police officer spotted the car and noted the license plate number.

The D.A.'s Office said the girl identified Shepard and his car from a photographic line-up.

Who needs a burglar alarm when you've got a cat like this?

SACRAMENTO, CA - An alert cat helped a Sacramento woman discover a burglar inside her Pocket-area home Sunday night.

According to Officer Michelle Gigante with the Sacramento Police Department, the 19-year-old woman was watching television alone in the house around 11:31 p.m. when her cat suddenly sprung up and darted into her mother's bedroom.

Curious over her pet's peculiar behavior, the woman followed her cat into the bedroom to find a strange man standing in the room, said Gigante.

The man then ran and jumped out of a window to escape, then fled the area.

The woman investigated the room and discovered the suspected burglar had taken money from her mother's wallet. She then called her mother, who returned home, and the two called police, Gigante said.

Police searched the area but could not find the alleged burglar.

The man was described as a white man in his 50s. He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Sacramento sisters operating underage prostitution ring sentenced

Sacramento sisters operating underage prostitution ring sentenced

SACRAMENTO, CA - Two Sacramento sisters accused of helping run an underage prostitution ring have been sentenced to federal prison.

Tynisha Marie Hornbuckle, 24, received 15 years and eight months in prison and Tamrell Rena Hornbuckle, 26, received 12 years and seven months in prison after pleading to two counts each of sex trafficking of minors in May.

Two other Hornbuckle sisters, Latrelle Alicia Hornbuckle and Cherrelle Elizabeth Hornbuckle, their mother Rena Brown, and another woman, Jacqueline Lanoise Radisha Wade, have also pleaded guilty to charges in connection to using underage age girls for prostitution since 2008. They are awaiting sentencing.

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Former Sacramento teacher gets 18 years for child sex crimes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A former Sacramento teacher has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for molesting a 7-year-old boy and other sex crimes.

The Sacramento Bee says Preston Lewis, who taught special education students at Sam Brannan Middle School, pleaded guilty to molesting the boy, sending sexual text messages to another boy and possessing child pornography.

He was sentenced on Tuesday by a Sacramento judge.