Friday, February 8, 2013

Sierra Madre Child Pornographer Gets 20 Years In Federal Prison

Not that child pornographer, a different one. This guy's name is Jonathan Calvo, and he apparently had lived here in Sierra Madre for a long time. Just recently he did move however, with his new address being a Federal prison somewhere. I don't know which one, but then again he is not about to get put on The Tattler Christmas card list, so the point is probably moot. The Pasadena Star News broke this story yesterday, and here is what they had to say about Mr. Calvo (click here):

Sierra Madre man gets 20 years for sex with minor - A 27-year-old Sierra Madre resident who enticed a teen to have sex with him was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, authorities said Wednesday. At his Tuesday sentencing, Jonathan Calvo was also placed on lifetime supervision and ordered to pay fines.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department and the FBI's Regional Inland Apprehension Team were contacted May 14, 2011 after a teenager was reported missing from Riverside County.

Based on the teen's online activity, investigators determined she had been corresponding with a man who was later identified as Calvo. On May 26, 2011, agents and task force officers went to Calvo's home and found the girl. She was returned to her parents.

Interviews and evidence collected at the scene indicated Calvo had sexual contact with the girl and took pictures. Authorities said he also had images and videos depicting child pornography some of which he produced himself.

As the Star News article points out, this was an arrest orchestrated by the FBI and the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The Sierra Madre Police Department was apparently not directly involved in either the arrest or the investigation, though Calvo's criminal activity did occur here in town.

The FBI has a story up on their site, and it goes into some detail about exactly what this guy did, and how he was originally identified. Here is a part of their report (click here):

A 27 year old man who enticed juvenile females to engage in sexual acts was sentenced Tuesday to 240 months’ imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips, announced Andrė Birotte, Jr., the United States Attorney in Los Angeles, and Bill Lewis, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.

Jonathan Calvo, 27, of Sierra Madre, was convicted in September 2012. During Tuesday’s hearing, Calvo was also sentenced to lifetime supervision and fines.

On May 14, 2011, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI’s Regional Inland Apprehension Team (IRAT) were contacted after a teenager was reported missing from Riverside County, California. From that date through May 26, 2011, investigators conducted a physical search for the missing teenager, as well as a search of the victim’s online communications. Based on the victim’s online activity, investigators determined the victim had been corresponding with an adult male who was successfully identified as Calvo.

On the evening of May 26, 2011, agents and task force officers went to Calvo’s residence and rescued the endangered teenager. Subsequent interviews and evidence collected at the scene indicated that Calvo had engaged in unlawful sexual contact with the victim and that he had documented the sexual acts with a digital camera. The victim was found in the residence and returned to her parents on the evening of May 26, 2011, following a medical examination. Calvo was arrested a short time later.

During the course of the continuing investigation, evidence revealed Calvo was in receipt of and that he possessed images and videos depicting child pornography, some of which he produced himself. The digital evidence revealed that Calvo had engaged in unlawful sexual conduct with additional minor victims since at least 2004 in multiple unrelated cases, including with females aged 13 and 14, both of whom were successfully identified and later interviewed.

What you ought to keep in mind is that Calvo's activities occurred right here in Sierra Madre, and had done so since "at least 2004." If child pornography was a career Calvo would be nearly halfway to retirement and a pension by now.

I hope I am not being too negative or uncivil here, but I do not think it is unfair to speculate a little bit about this town and its nascent reputation as a place where child pornographers can operate for years with little fear of scrutiny from the local authorities.

When the City of Sierra Madre refused to register Bob Matheson as a sex offender, and despite clear guidelines from the U.S. Department of Justice that such a thing would need to be done (click here), was a message sent? In a world that is generally hostile to child pornographers and treats those who engage in that practice in as harsh a manner as the law allows, Sierra Madre took a far gentler path. If there was a reason for this, it has never been explained.

Perhaps in light of this latest development Mayor Josh Moran would like to take a moment from his busy City Council schedule trying to raise our utility taxes and explain what exactly the thought process was on this matter. There was an investigation that the Sierra Madre Police Department participated in, one that included a search of Matheson's home by the I.C.E. portion of the Department of Homeland Security. And though that search took place nearly two months later than it should have, certainly there must be something that can be talked about by now.

I think it is time the results of that investigation are shared with the rest of us.

Louie Ayala gets caught in a big fib

Speaking of ICE, PUSD Board of Education candidate Luis "ICEman" Ayala has apparently been caught getting his political fib on about not sending his children to public schools. Something that you'd think would be mandatory for anyone running for a seat on a Board of Education that oversees public education in this knotty neck of the woods.

A Tattler reader that is closely following the PUSD Board election, one that we have been illegally proscribed from voting in, reports the following:

Ayala lied in his answers to PEN about why his kids aren’t enrolled in PUSD. He stated that he moved to Linda Vista and wanted to send his children to the public school at Linda Vista but “it closed several months after moving in.” Well, that just isn’t true. He closed escrow 7/23/04, and Linda Vista School was closed in Fall, 2006. It was an abrupt decision by the PUSD board, and therefore he would not have had knowledge (or did he?) that the school was going to close in Fall, 2006.

If fibbing is a major prerequisite for local political establishment support in the PUSD Board of Education election, then ICE Ayala has the perfect resume' for their undying love and affection. I'm certain the Foothill Democrats and ACT have a lot to be proud of here.

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58 comments:

  1. Whatever can we do with these twisted people? How to identify them before they find victims?

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    1. You have to let them know that they are not welcome in this community, and if they should decide to live here they are running the risk of attracting the attention of informed and highly aggressive law enforcement. Of course, that is the exact opposite of what has been done here to date.

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    2. It's also important for adults in town to keep an eye open for ALL children and not to assume that bad things don't happen in Sierra Madre.

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    3. And at Sierra Madre School there remain hallways/classrooms open to the street. Locking the doors is of minimal safety, all it takes is a knock. At what point will the children matter more than the facade of a building?

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    4. Are you trying to say 9:15 that the school isn't fenced because of aesthetics? Seriously?

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    5. Fencing school property perimeters leads to a "jailhouse effect" especially if done with wire fencing or even steel pickets. What's done with most public schools (John Muir, for example) is to have an open, well-illuminated front that's visible from the street. The rest of the building perimeter is used instead of a fence, with appropriate secured gates and decorative block/brick/concrete walls integrated as part of the building structures. The landscaped open space is important as public space as long as its easily visible from the street. The kids use it before and after school as an informal group space and waiting area for the bus, and they're monitored as they use the main front entrance.

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    6. There's wrought iron 11:09. I find it hard to believe that Muir is an unsecured school. There's no need to fence the perimeter of Sierra madre school, but it's critical that the classrooms and hallways aren't open to the street. That's a safer issue from both directions (people coming in, students going out).

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    7. Unicorns don't like to be caged in. They like to roam free and spread their glitter dung.

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  2. I want to know when the Iceman is going to discuss his "private law practice" and how he managed to run that business while also working for Homeland Security. Is this another one of his lies?

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    1. To me it looks like the Iceman needed to find something to tell people he was doing when he was actually employed by ICE. Another Ayala tall tale apparently.

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    2. I am an attorney! Don't mess with me, I'll have you deported!

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  3. Somehow I feel that Sierra Madre is a far darker place than the ladies from the Realtor agencies might tell you.

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  4. Ayala was in full force last night. He mentioned, no less than a dozen times that he was an attorney and try to shame Mr. Phelps for not being there to explain something. However, he didn't state whether he was with ICE or without it. Ms. Kenney was excellent and well spoken. Mr. Cooper continues to be full of himself, he comes across pompous and pedant. Mr. "The Bone" Hueso kept singing Kumbaya O'Lord, Kumbaya and, the tune for the establishment sponsored candidates, picked up after Mr. Arce's performance and position from day one, that we must hold the rascals accountable. However, when they were shopping for dollars, the word accountability was not in these establishment candidates lexicon. However, the dollars and the endorsements are running out and the tune is changing after their failed pitches are failing to attract real voters in the community. Mr. Arce, in his closing statement indicated that he was the most qualified candidate and, since his campaign is so grassroots that he could smell the dirt, he owes no favors to anyone which, in contrast, the other candidate has received endorsements and contributions from the same people who are responsible for the fleecing of the PUSD.

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    1. BTW, neither was Pomeroy, Hampton and the invisible Duncan present at the ACLU forum last night for a variety of reasons. I do know that Mr. Hampton picked up an endorsement from the classified employees' union, as well as, Dean Cooper. Ms. Murga, just became part of the group that are taking contributions from the establishment, read that, the Pasadena Teacher's Union. I guess they don't like Ms. Pomeroy that much.

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    2. Scott Phelps has a job that pays his bills, and it's not serving on the board that does it. He's a professor who values his students, not playing the peacock- like "I'm an attorney you know" Ayala. I bet he has night classes, but the Iceman took his digs when Phelps wasn't around to refute- what a coward.

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    3. 9:24, is that you, Arce? Please don't try to dupe us, I would hope you're better than that.

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    4. If you are a Hueso supporter you're either already duped or in the tank. But that said, I hear the Boy Scout GOTV effort is going really well. Ruben has carried 2 troops already! Too bad they can't cast real votes.

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    5. Yeah, Hueso has definitely got that middle aged portly guy in tight khaki shorts thing going on.

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    6. 11:35, parsing the written word is not a strength of yours. Compare 9:24's comment with any of the previous posts from Arce and it is immediately obvious they are not written by the same person.

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    7. Check the grammar, they're common mistakes of a non-native speaker. And the grammatical errors are similar to those of Arce- hence the obvious query.

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    8. You're crack-a-lacking, 3:35. The 9:24 post is nothing like what Arce has written under his own name. If you are a political consultan of some sort, I suggest you give the Big Boy Scout his money back. I just hope you didn't pawn his Silver Beaver. That would be tragic.

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    9. You misassume that Mr. Arce is the only person on this board who speaks English as a second language? I have met many, many people who have not bought into the baloney from all over the district.

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    10. 3:35 here comes the grammar police! I'll bet my baby's milk that Mr. Arce's English is a hell of a lot better than your Spanish.

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    11. I'm sure Arce's Spanish is significantly better than mine as well. That's not the point.
      I saw a similarity in a certain anonymous poster's writing style when I compared it to Arce's campaigning here. This wasn't the first time I saw similarities on the Tattler since he started posting.
      That's all. I was wasn't asking to get into a debate with any of his supporters. I don't have a vote.

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    12. 7:09, so you're following the comments all day and into the evening, but you don't want to debate. Huh.

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    13. 7:09 - BS. On all points.

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    14. I'm not 7:09, but honestly, I basically get the point they were attempting to make. I've seen it, and the same thought crossed my mind- just not on today's post in particular, but others. Not that big a deal though. All politicians play games, they usually can afford consultants is all.

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  5. I'd like to know if this Calvo was an acquaintance of Matheson's (or maybe a victim of his?). If he's been operating in town since 2004, eight to nine years ago he would have been 18 or 19. Sometimes such offenders were victimized themselves. It would be an interesting investigation to see if there are any ties to Matheson on this one...

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    1. So 9:27, is this a confession? 18 is the age of consent- creep.

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    2. Must be a member of the unicorn culture.

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    3. Moderator, please remove 9:27. Sick people will post things like that for enjoyment.

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    4. 9:27, please give your name.

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    5. Not likely, 10:49.
      He knows it was a crime and is probably just glad that he has not been identified as the criminal he is.

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    6. He's just getting a perverse pleasure at horrifying others. He probably didn't even do what he said, but even suggesting it is reason for the police to keep an eye on him.
      Be sure and share his IP address computer techs who have special ways of gathering that info.

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    7. It's just Steve trying to make a nuisance of himself. He shows up here from time to time. Trust me, he can't even get himself arrested.

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    8. rattled a few nerves. What a troll.

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  7. I am not by nature a superstitious person, but I have started to wonder if maybe this town sits in top of some sort of sacred burial ground of some long forgotten ancient culture. Strange things keep happening in Sierra Madre.

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  8. I can remember back 15 or more years in Sierra Madre when BIG news was graffitti was spotted tagged on a store window or on a park bench. I remember SMPD arresting some woman up in the canyon for tagging "rabbit" on a barricade. This was big news. In fact all our news was positive human interest stories. Now news is credit card identity thefts, childe molestors and home invasions. What has happened to this town of ours.

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    1. All the ills of the modern world are now here in Sierra Madre. Unfortunately law enforcement here hasn't kept up. We are getting clobbered.

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    2. They probably watch "The Andy Griffith Show" as part of their training.

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    3. There have been terrible crimes all along, 9:44.

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    4. 9:34, I'm with you and I'm starting to think "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" may have been a Sierra Madre DOCUMENTARY, not a work of fiction.

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  9. Louie Louie, oh no
    You gotta go
    Aye-yi-yi-yi, I said
    Louie Louie, oh baby
    You gotta go
    Just go!

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  10. Hey who removed the 927 post. People here in sierra madre just want to hide the dirt under the rug. Their afraid their precious innocent little town is really not so innocent.

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    1. The responses to the original post are enough, 10:52. The original post was someone who was actually bragging and probably chortling. Don't give him an audience.

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    2. Was it your post 10:52? Want some more jollies?

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    3. No topic agitates the unicorns more than this one. I wonder why. Well, OK, maybe I don't.

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  11. I removed it. Your claim that I am hiding the dirt in this town is kind of funny, though. I hadn't been accused of that one yet.

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  12. re: 9:37 and Stella Murga. I heard her at a KPCC Measure A debate last May. She was there with Ken Chawkins supporting the new sub-districts. I guess it's no wonder why she thought it was a good idea - now she's running for school board in one of those newly created sub-districts.

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    1. Hum. Another vote thief for my dartboard.

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    2. People who accused Chawkins of fixing the lines should have been watching both him and Murga. He gave to her campaign, BTW.

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    3. Think of how sad they are all going to be when they get their letters from the DA. It is as if they thought vote theft was nothing.

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    4. Chawkins was warned by Cooper that if he submitted his name that foul would be called. He just placed a pawn instead.

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    5. Exactly 2:30. So what's Cooper going to do now? Nothing. She never calls these cheaters on anything. She won't even keep Honowitz in line.

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    6. Things will go south as they always do on Cooper's watch, and then she will shed a couple of tears and tell us all that we're right to be angry, and that she is truly, and I mean truly, sorry.

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    7. She is very skilled at sincere apologies.

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    8. She is an Empathy Consultant.

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