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USA Swimming Coach Sued for Sexual Abuse

August 11, 2010 Crime, News No Comments

Today a lawsuit was announced in San Jose accusing the governing body of U.S. competitive swimming, USA Swimming, of negligence for failing to prevent a swimmer from sexual abuse at the hands of her coach.

According to reports on MSNBC and ABC, the suit says swim coach Norm Havercroft sexually abused plaintiff Jancy Thompson over the course of a five-year period, beginning when she 15 years of age, adding that USA Swimming had knowledge of the situation but continued to allow Havercroft to coach children. … Continue Reading

Bondage Blaze: the Media’s Mishandling of the Passive Arts Arson Incident

On Tuesday, July 27, at approximately 11:30 AM, a fire broke out at Passive Arts Studios, a club in Lennox near LAX. The fire, labeled as suspicious, was put out by firefighters some 25 minutes later. They found the bodies of a man and a dog in the office area, where the fire appeared to have originated, but could not determine the cause of death at the time. Reports suggested the victim was the owner of the club. … Continue Reading

You Can Go To Jail for Adultery in New York

June 18, 2010 Crime, News No Comments

Help us! We’ve fallen into a Hawthorne novel and we can’t get out!

OK, not really. But get this — a New York woman recently arrested for lewd conduct after she was allegedly caught having sex in a park with her lover is facing an additional charge: adultery.

Suzanne Corona, 41, was busted getting down on a picnic table with Justin Amend, 29, last week, The New York Daily News reports. … Continue Reading

Tragic Foreplay

April 13, 2010 Crime, News No Comments

Creative individuals can incorporate a lot of objects into sex successfully — even those not meant for sex at all. It’s important, however, to remember that some objects do involve an incredibly high degree of risk and it’s vital that they be used with care and never under the influence of a substance.

The following is a cautionary tale coming out of the state of Washington, where recently a 25-year-old was arrested in the shooting death of his 22-year-old girlfriend. According to the Seattle Weekly, the man told police that he and his girlfriend were drunk when they began getting down and that soon, he pulled out his gun to intensify foreplay.

This wasn’t the first time they’d done it, but this time, the gun went off, killing the woman.

The man has been booked on investigation of first-degree manslaughter.

Information from the Seattle Weekly.

Texting Is Dangerous? She Crashed While Bikiniscaping

March 8, 2010 Crime, News 1 Comment

“Crashes Car While Shaving Vag” was a trending topic on Twitter in the United States last night and our commitment to informing you here at Sex and the 405 prevents us from ignoring it simply based our distaste for the term “vag” and out undeniable urge to projectile vomit every time we look at it in text. Yeah, we’re cool and devoted like that.

So get this — according to Florida’s Keys News, a two-vehicle crash occurred last Tuesday on the Keys because one of the drivers, a 37-year-old woman, was shaving her bikini area at the wheel.

According to reports, her ex-husband, who was with her at the time of the incident, took the wheel from the passenger seat to accommodate the process.

The woman, Megan Mariah Barnes, was shaving because she was about to meet with her boyfriend in Key West.

That’s right, her ex-husband, instead of telling her to knock it off, took the wheel for her so she could groom to meet some other dude.


Fortunately, no one was severely injured.

Barnes has been charged with driving with a revoked license (related to a previous incident), reckless driving, leaving the scene of a wreck with injuries and driving with no insurance. Her ex-husband, Charles Judy was not charged.

We think he should be taken in for being a push-over with no balls, but if that was enough to get a man locked up, who’d run the country?

Just kidding!

Sort of.

Images from Twitter. Information from Keys News.

Anti-Gay Marriage Senator Is Gay — And His District’s Paper Knew It

In case you’ve been living under a rock or having the kind of epic sex we’ve been having, you know that Roy Ashburn, a Republican senator from Bakersfield was arrested last week for a DUI after leaving a hip Sacramento gay haunt with a younger man.

Ashburn “has a flawless record of voting against every single LGBT bill during his long tenure in office. He has raised countless wads of campaign cash by cuddling up to the right wing of the Republican Party and has spewed out hateful anti-gay rhetoric to his conservative constituents,” writes the editor of the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News.

And now he’s caught drunkenly cruising with gay men. Oops!

Juicy, juicy political sex scandal — just the way we like it.

But it gets juicier: apparently, the mayor of West Sacramento, Christopher Cabaldon (who came out during his State of the City dinner in 2006) tried to out Ashburn about six months ago on Facebook — which is either really hip or really juvenile. We’re leaning toward juvenile.

Cabaldon posted: “It wouldn’t bother me so bad to see Roy Ashburn at Badlands (a gay bar) with a boy if he didn’t have such a bad voting record on gay rights.” Nobody noticed.

According to Cabaldon, Ashburn frequented gay bars often and “everyone” already knew he was gay. People have their panties up in a bunch because The Bakersfield Californian — which, by the way, is the largest newspaper in the senator’s district — decided that Ashburn’s merrymaking with the gay community was not relevant to readers.

“The Californian has asked Ashburn about his sexual orientation in the past,” writes Christine Bedell, the paper’s government editor. “He has either questioned the relevance of the issue or dodged it altogether. The newspaper did not report the comments at the time, also deciding it was not relevant.”

Should the paper have reported it?

Image and information from The San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, via Riese.

West Covina Police Officer’s Self-Help Book Further Incriminates Him

February 8, 2010 Crime, News No Comments

In 2006, a West Covina police officer and sex crime investigator by the name of Tyler Kennedy self-published a 180-page book entitled The Magic Triangle: Coping with the Differences Between Men and Women, to help hapless men seeking “entrance to the magic triangle” (i.e., a woman’s vagina. Insert tired and tragic euphemism-induced angina here).

“In my opinion, women are devious and vindictive and should be left alone like a rattlesnake on a hot summer day,” Kennedy says at the end of chapter one.

This is a man working with victims of sexual assault.

West Covina Chief of Police Frank Wills said he’d never read the self-published book before the current investigation into the officer, which came about as a result of allegations that Kennedy had sexually harassed and propositioned a sexual assault victim over the course of his investigation.

According to the San Fernando Valley Tribune, Kennedy was suspended from the force in a separate incident last year when investigators found he had become intimately involved with a 39-year-old alleged victim of sexual assault.

“After taking a look at it, the book is an embarrassment to the profession and to the West Covina Police Department,” Wills said.

“Men will accept any woman, on the other hand, that is chasing them around because the power of the Magic Triangle makes it very difficult to say no,” Kennedy says in the last chapter of his book. “The bottom line is that the Magic Triangle rules and men find it too hard to resist.”


Information from the San Fernando Valley Tribune.

She Lied About Infecting Over 500 People With HIV

January 27, 2010 Crime, Culture, News, web No Comments

Last week, the interwebz went ballistic over a YouTube video wherein a woman confessed to infecting some 500 people with HIV.

“Just because something looks good, it could be dirty on the inside,” the masked woman says, talking to the camera in almost a sing-song voice. “Like a fruit. If you see a shiny red apple — you should have learned from Snow White. Just because the apple was pretty and inviting, it doesn’t mean it wasn’t harmful.”

It’s the scariest thing we have ever seen. Naturally, everyone went into a panic. The woman has since been identified as Jackie Braxton, an adult star on the web. She confessed to the Detroit News later that she does not have the virus.

“I made the tape because I wanted to raise awareness about AIDS,” the 23-year-old said.

Police picked her up at the Detroit college she attends and immediately took her to the city’s health department to be tested for HIV. The results are confidential, but Deputy Chief James Tolbert told the News “we are 100-percent positive it was a hoax.”

More from the News:

Braxton said she feels “bad” about making the video that has spread panic among Metro Detroiters and others around the country. But, she said she felt her tape served its purpose when she went to the city’s health department this morning and saw people waiting to get tested for AIDS.

Braxton, who uses the stage name “Fame” and has a 5-year-old daughter, admitted she made the videotape to market her own porn site, which she says she operates with her husband. Braxton’s video on the Mediatakeout.com site had recorded more than 430,000 hits by Thursday evening.

Police do not know yet if criminal charges can be levied against Braxton because they don’t know if she has broken any laws. Failure to disclose to a sex partner that you have HIV/AIDS is a felony.

Here’s the video for those of you who can’t take our word for it on how terrifying this is:

OK, so we here at Sex and the 405 know there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but… just the thought of HIV/AIDS makes it impossible for us to even think about getting down. Fame’s a cute pornstar name — very Lady Gaga — but Braxton will forever be “AIDS Girl” in our minds.

Good job on freaking everyone out into getting tested, though. According to WCTV, Michael McElrath, a spokesman for the city’s health department, said that the number of walk-ins for HIV testing more than doubled in Detroit on Friday.

That’s gotta count for something.

Image and information from the Detroit News, via @miamirotica.

Failed Bomber Was Plagued by Desire

December 30, 2009 Crime, News No Comments

On Christmas Day, 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to blow up Northwest Airlines flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit. He had tailored his briefs to hold a pouch containing 80 grams of pentaerythritol tetranitrate, a powerful, if difficult to detonate, explosive.

The New York Post, always eager to get to the root of things went through postings on gawaher.com, an Islamic forum frequented by Abdulmutallab.

“The bomb wasn’t the only thing burning in his pants,” they report, offering the following selection of posts from the knicker-bomber:

“As i get lonely, the natural sexual drive awakens and i struggle to control it, sometimes leading to minor sinful activities like not lowering the gaze [in the presence of unveiled women].”

“And this problem makes me want to get married to avoid getting aroused . . . But i am only 18 . . . It would be difficult for me to get married due to social norms of getting to the late 20′s when one has a degree, a job, a house, etc before getting married.”

“The hair of a woman can easily arouse a man.”

“The Prophet advised young men to fast if they can’t get married but it has not been helping me much and I seriously don’t want to wait for years before I get married.”

“So usually my fa[n]tasies are about islamic stuff. The bad part of it is sometimes the fantasies are a bit worldly rather than concentrating in the hereafter.”

Information from The New York Post.

Dr. Evil: Pediatrician Sexually Abused Young Patients

December 26, 2009 Crime, News No Comments

He is more than the Grinch who stole Christmas. He’s stolen something far more sacred for a lot of the patients whose parents trusted him with their children’s well being.

Evidence seized from the Georgetown, Delaware, office of Dr. Earl Bradley suggests that he sexually abused many of his young patients.

Alexis Slutsky, a deputy attorney general assigned to the state’s Child Predator Task Force, told the Associated Press that the volume of evidence seized from Bradley’s practice and home, which include video tapes and digital files Bradley recorded himself of the attacks, makes it hard to accurately estimate the number of victims.

“I’m comfortable in saying probably well over 100 potential victims,” Slutsky said at a news conference with Attorney General Beau Biden and other law enforcement officials.

Bradley, 56, was arrested last week and is being held in prison on $2.9 million bond. So far, he’s been charged with 33 felony counts relating to seven victims. A preliminary hearing has been postponed until January 14.

Here’s the hard lesson: you can’t trust anyone. Even those who have taken the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm.

We here at Sex and the 405 sincerely hope he suffers disfigurement, dismemberment and the last gasp at a hangman’s noose.

Information from the Associated Press via The Sphere.


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Gamers Won’t Be Seduced, Will Stare At Random Cleav Instead

That Steam allows the objectification and sexualization of female characters in a variety of its games but refuses to accept a game about actually engaging with women in a more interactive fashion is astonishingly backward.

FetLife Is Not Safe for Users

That the site doesn’t take measures to protect user content and has shown incompetence or negligence in regard to user privacy, all the while prohibiting victims from warning others about predatory behavior creates an environment where it is nearly impossible for members of the community to take care of themselves and one another. By enabling FetLife to continue espousing a code of silence, allowing the spinning self-created security issues as “attacks,” and not pointing out how disingenuous FetLife statements about safety are, we are allowing our community to become a breeding ground for exploitation.

Why You Should Vote No On Prop 35

Should people who benefit (parents, siblings, children, roommates!) from the earnings of “commercial sex acts” (any sexual conduct connected to the giving or receiving of something of value) be charged with human trafficking? Should someone who creates obscene material that is deemed “deviant” be charged as with human trafficking? Should someone who profits from obscene materials be charged with human trafficking? Should people transporting obscene materials be charged with human trafficking? Should a person who engages in sex with someone claiming to be above the age of consent or furnishing a fake ID to this effect be charged with human trafficking? What if I told you the sentences for that kind of conviction were eight, 14 or 20 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $500,000, and life as a registered sex offender?

Pretty and Calls Herself a Geek? Attention Whore!

If you are a woman, you might be given a chance to prove yourself in this community. Since there is no standard definition of what a “geek” is and it will vary from one judge to the next anyway, chances of failing are high (cake and grief counseling will be available after the conclusion of the test!). If you somehow manage to succeed, you’ll be tested again and again by anyone who encounters you until you manage to establish yourself like, say, Felicia Day. But even then, you’ll be questioned. As a woman, your whole existence within the geek community will be nothing but a series of tests — if you’re lucky. If you aren’t lucky, you’ll be harassed and threatened and those within the culture will tacitly agree that you deserve it.

Cuddle Chemical? Moral Molecule? Not So Fast

Zak’s original field, it turns out, is economics, a far cry from the hearts and teddy bears we imagine when we consider his nickname. But after performing experiments on generosity, Zak stumbled on the importance of trust in interactions, which led him, rather inevitably, to research about oxytocin. Oxytocin, you might remember, is a hormone that has been linked previously to bonding — between mothers and children primarily, but also between partners. What Zak has done is take the research a step further, arguing in his recent book, The Moral Molecule, that oxytocin plays a role in determining whether we are good or evil.

How to Avoid Pissing off a Stripper

Let’s talk about the strippers. Whether they like to be half-naked or not, whether they enjoy turning you on or not, there’s one thing they all have in common: they’re working. Whether you think that taking one’s clothes off for money is a great choice of career is really beside the point (is it a possibility for you to make $500 per hour at your job without a law degree? Just asking). These women are providing fantasy, yes, but that is their job. And as a patron of the establishment where they work, you need to treat them like you would anyone else who provides a service to you.


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