The Redondo Reflex from Redondo, California on October 31, 1973 · 17
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The Redondo Reflex from Redondo, California · 17

Redondo, California
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Wednesday, October 31, 1973
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17-1,2 Wed . Oct 31. 1973 County-wide homosexual ring 14 indicted on charges By Richard Dore Staff writer A teacher at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks was the eighth man to be arraigned Friday in connection with a county-wide homosexual ring involving boys from 6 to 17. The teacher, along with 13 other men, including the son of actress Loretta Young and an heir to the Humble Oil Co., fortune were secretly indicted Thursday by the Los Angeles County Grand Jury. Francisco Jose DeSoto, 43, of Woodland Hills, was arraigned Friday afternoon on numerous sex charges. He was a teacher for 17 years. Also arraigned Friday were Richard George, 36, of 2315 Gates Ave., Redondo Beach, an assistant scoutmaster for a re-dondo Beach Boy Scout troop, and Christopher Paul Lewis, 29, of Beverly Hills, the son of actress Loretta Young. Other persons named in the nine indictments and arraigned Friday were Frank Hershey, 66, of 129 First St., Manhattan Beach ; George Easter, 30, of 723 Earldom Ave., Playa del Rey; Melvin Reynolds, 38, of Cudahy and Walter Gene Morton is a former YMCA counselor and active in several Los Angeles area boys groups. Daniel Marvin Yert, 29, of Hollywood, was arraigned Thursday. He is to appear Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court for trial. The other seven men who have been arraigned will appear in Los Angeles Superior Court Friday for trial. All the men surrendered to authorities and were released on bail after arraignment on numerous sex charges. Listed in the indictments, but not yet in custody, are William G. Byars, 37, of Studio City, an heir to the Humble Oil Co. fortune; Guy Strait, 53, of Los Angeles; Bill Johnson, 55, of Houston; Gregorio Orozco Jr. 26, of Hollywood; Jim Bras-kims, 40, of Riverside and John-Rafferty , 58 of North Hollywood. James Grodin, deputy district attorney, said the men used about 30 to 50 young boys for homosexual activity over the last three years. Ultimately, more than 25 adults are expected to be involved in the ring. The 14 persons indicted Thursday have been charged with more than 100 sex violations. Grodin said the investigation began with the arrests of Reynolds and Strait, Sept. 1. Vice officers were given a film showing homosexual acts between young boys and the film had the name and address of the producer, believed to be Strait. During a surveillance of Straits house, officers spotted two boys loading material into a van. The youths had appeared in the film and officers went to the house and arrested Strait and Reynolds. During an interview, the boys told officers the names of other youths involved in the films and the names of some of the adults with whom they had had sexual relations. Grodin said the investigation snowballed with every boy leading officers to another boy or adult. Nearly 30 officers from the Los Angeles Police Department and the county sheriffs department coordinated the investigations through Grodin. Using address books obtained from Strait and Reynolds, Grodin said, investigators located other adults, who in turn had address books with different names. Also confiscated when Strait and Reynolds, a truck driver, were arrested were numerous reels of film, still pictures and books. Strait is believed to be one of the largest producers and distributors of homosexual films involving youths in the West He is the owner of the D.O.M. film company, Grodin said. Reynolds, who along with Strait was indicted earlier on similar sex charges in Concord (near San Francisco), apparently is one of the major contacts for boys used in the films. Grodin said Reynolds, who has (lone film work for a Houston-based company, apparently helped transport children from San Francisco for use in homo-sual movies in Los Angeles. The boys were normally flown back after the filming. Both Reynolds and Strait allegedly made movies of boys engaged in various sex acts and sold the films for a profit. It is on this type of commercial enterprise vice officers originally started investigating, said Sgt. Don Smith of the Los Angeles Police Departments administrative vice division. Smith said the investigation keyed on the films, but is beginning to incorporate possible morals charges. Grodin said most of the charges will be either child molesting, sex perversion or sodomy. All are felonies. Sex perversion, Penal Code section 288a, covers acts of oral copulation and carries a penalty of imprisonment in the state prison for no more than 15 years, or in the county jail for no more than one year. If the man is 10 years older than the boy and the boy is under 14, however, the penalty is imprisonment in the state prison for not less than three years. Child molesting, or crimes against children. Penal Code section 288, is any lewd or lascivious act with a child under 14 with the intent of arousing or appealing to the lust of the person or the child. Penalty for this offense is one year to life in the state prison. Sodomy, Penal Code section 286, carries a penalty of imprisonment in the state prison for not less than one year. Grodin said his office plans to concentrate on charges relating to these three violations instead of pornography and obscenity counts. Tbey are after the people who use the children in profit making commercial enterprises, especially films. Weve only touched the surface of the problem in the community, said Grodin. All the people seem to know each other. They are a tight group. Grodin and Investigator Lloyd Martin of the LAPD administration vice division contend the ring may be connected with persons in numerous cities on the West Coast and Texas. Strait and Johnson apparently were involved in filming several boys from the Houston area. 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