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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1, 2012

Jury: Man groped Moody bible student

A man who sexually assaulted a 19-year-old Moody Bible Institute student at Mission Park in March has been convicted of a sex offense. A Spokane County jury deliberated for about an hour and a half Tuesday before convicting John L. Sanders of indecent liberties. Sanders...

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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012

7th suspected brothel owner arrested

The owner of two Spokane businesses suspected of being prostitution fronts was released from jail Thursday after being arrested Wednesday. William R. Westover, 41, faces money laundering and promoting prostitution charges after a 14-month investigation culminated in raids at eight suspected brothels. Westover owns the...

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THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012

Suspected brothel owners released

Five women and one man arrested in a sweeping anti-prostitution investigation at Spokane-area spas and massage parlors have been released from jail. The suspects, who own four of eight suspected brothels raided Tuesday, have no criminal records and were allowed to leave without posting bond....

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012

Eight suspected brothels, including the Oriental Spa South at 515 S. Maple Ave., were raided across the Spokane area July 10, 2012, by a multi-agency law enforcement task force. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Suspected area sex houses raided

Eight suspected brothels, including the Oriental Spa South at 515 S. Maple Ave., were raided across the Spokane area Tuesday by a multi-agency law enforcement task force. (SRphoto/Colin Mulvany) A yearlong investigation into widespread prostitution in Spokane County culminated Tuesday with raids at eight suspected...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012

Alleged sex slave traders released

Four people arrested in what investigators believe is Spokane County’s first human trafficking case were released this weekend because no charges have been filed. Spokane County sheriff’s investigators still are working on the case against Lawrence Dean Johnson, 43, his wife, Dina K. Tellez, 43;...

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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012

Sex slave claims lead to four arrests

A frightened young woman’s descriptions of being held captive and sold for sex at drug houses and motels over the past year has led to several arrests in what’s believed to be Spokane County’s first human trafficking case. Lawrence Dean Johnson, 43, his wife, Dina...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

Lawsuit says circumcision 'robbed' man

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota prison inmate is suing the hospital where he was circumcised as a newborn, saying he only recently became aware that he'd undergone the procedure and that it robbed him of his sexual prowess. Dean Cochrun, 28, is...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

Godly chance leads to sex offense arrest

A Moody Bible Institute student who hoped to teach a man she met in Mission Park about God was instead groped and asked to smoke marijuana, according to Spokane police. Officers say 40-year-old John L. Sanders continued acting inappropriately after his arrest by repeatedly asking...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2012

Man used transmitter to track wife's sex 

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) — Police have charged a Pennsylvania man with hiding a remote listening device under his estranged wife's bed that he said he used to avoid overhearing her sex life in the house they still shared. Raccoon Township police say 66-year-old Wayne Comet...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2011

Prisons chief quit after affair uncovered

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington’s former secretary of corrections said Tuesday that he abruptly departed his job last week because of an extramarital affair with a subordinate. In an interview with The Seattle Times, Eldon Vail said that he learned last week of a video that...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011

Man robbed while looking for prostitute 

A man looking for sex with a prostitute was robbed of his cash after soliciting women on East Sprague Avenue in Spokane last weekend, according to court documents filed Tuesday. Jessica N. Shelton, 22, and Joel M. Arevalo, 19, were arrested on first-degree robbery charges...

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

Morbid question leads to legal oddity

Questions about whether an accused killer had sex with his victim before or after she was dead has led to the suspect's lawyer being named a witness in the case. A judge ruled Monday that defense attorney Chris Bugbee will continue to represent accused crossbow...

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

Man w/ HIV gets 31 months for assault

A Spokane Valley man with HIV who had unprotected sex with two girls has been sentenced to 31 months in prison. Edward I. Casto, 20, will be credited for 212 days served in the Spokane County Jail. He was arrested last October. Police said he...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010

Police saw signs smuggler liked bestiality

By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer SEATTLE (AP) — Last week's animal-abuse arrest of a convicted cocaine smuggler wasn't the first time authorities had found something linking him to bestiality. A Monroe police commander said Monday that when Douglas Spink's sport utility vehicle was pulled...

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