Vernon is an unincorporated area east of downtown Los Angeles. A recent high-profile case of sex offenses has put the area in the news since it involves the son of a mayor. Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys know that defending sex offenses and sex crimes is a major challenge in Los Angeles, and being a high-profile individual can further complicate matters.
John Malburg, the 40-year-old scion of the family that founded the tiny, cloistered industrial city of Vernon, was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually molesting one boy and videotaping another one for commercial purposes.
The case against Malburg, who was the dean of students at now-closed Daniel Murphy Catholic High School in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, arose out of a public corruption investigation that involved him; his mother, Dominica, 83; and his father, Vernon Mayor Leonis Malburg, 80.
Three years ago, investigators serving search warrants in the voter fraud probe stumbled onto evidence that the younger Malburg was sexually abusing children. Authorities said one 17-year-old student appeared in a sexually explicit tape in exchange for a higher grade and money. The boy Malburg was convicted of molesting was between the ages of 10 and 15 when the abuse occurred, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard Taklender of the sex crimes division. Malburg had been a therapist for the boy when the abuse began, Taklender said.
A sex crime is an illegal sex act, or illegal form of human sexual behavior, as defined by the state and federal government. People who are convicted of sex crimes are called sex offenders. In the state of California, all sex offenders must list them selves on the Sex Offender Registry for an indefinite amount of time. This Registry is accessible to the public, which means that future employers, landlords, educational facilities, and neighbors will be able to obtain this information.
If you have been charged with a serious criminal offense, do not hesitate to call Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP at (877) 781-1570. Our knowledgeable legal team can evaluate your case and advise you of your legal options.
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