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Re: “Albany: A Seething Caldron of Lust?

Okay, "Anonymous," here's an update: *Sorg is no longer in custody, meaning that her bail has been posted. *She is scheduled to be arraigned (for a second time) on June 4th, at which point she could reasonably be expected to enter a plea (though there is no guarantee of this). Also, a note to posters: Please use a name -- at least a first name, initials or online handle --when you submit your comments. Doing so adds a great deal of credibility to whatever you have to say, and other posters are likely to take you more seriously. For more on our blog's commenting policy, please click here: http://blogs.eastbayexpress.com/92510/2007/05/east_bay_express_92510_comment.php That said, it's wonderful to see that such a vibrant community has sprung up around this issue, and I encourage you to keep using this forum as a place to share your views as Kay Sorg's case moves forward.

Posted by Lauren Gard on 05/16/2007 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Albany: A Seething Caldron of Lust?

An update: Sorg was arraigned yesterday afternoon in Alameda County Superior Court on five charges: lewd act upon a child, two counts of oral copulation of a child under 16 and penetration by a foreign object of a child under 16, according to the Oakland Tribune. The article did not indicate whether or not she'd entered a plea. The District Attorney's office told me this afternoon that Sorg has not entered a plea. She remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail, and her bail, as reported in an earlier post has been set at $150,000. No future court dates have been scheduled at this point, though the D.A.'s office indicated that more information may be made available within the next 24 hours.

Posted by Lauren Gard on 05/11/2007 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Lawyer: UC May Be Liable in David Halberstam's Death

Also, the SF Chron reported">http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/05/11/BAG6IPPAB31.DTL">reported today that police did not recommend whether or not criminal charges should be filed in the case when they handed it over to the San Mateo County D.A.'s office today. "It's too early to tell at this point" whether there is evidence of a crime," Chief Deputy D.A. Steve Wagstaffe told the paper.

Posted by Lauren Gard on 05/11/2007 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Answering Some Reader Questions about the Kay Sorg Arrest

An update: Sorg was arraigned yesterday afternoon in Alameda County Superior Court on five charges: lewd act upon a child, two counts of oral copulation of a child under 16 and penetration by a foreign object of a child under 16, according to the Oakland Tribune. The article did not indicate whether or not she'd entered a plea. The District Attorney's office told the Express this afternoon that Sorg has not entered a plea. She remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail, and her bail, as reported in an earlier post has been set at $150,000. No future court dates have been scheduled at this point, though the D.A.'s office indicated that more information may be made available within the next 24 hours.

Posted by Lauren Gard on 05/11/2007 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Albany: A Seething Caldron of Lust?

Some comment posters have questioned why the identity of the accuser has not been revealed. Detective Tom Dolter of the Albany Police Department has informed the Express that California Penal Code 293 allows victims of sexual assault - regardless of age - the option of remaining publicly anonymous. Here's an excerpt from the code: "Any employee of a law enforcement agency who personally receives a report from any person, alleging that the person making the report has been the victim of a sex offense, shall inform that person that his or her name will become a matter of public record unless he or she requests that it not become a matter of public record, pursuant to Section 6254 of the Government Code." In this case, the victim made such a request. You can read the full text of the code on the official Web site for California legislative information (scroll down to "293"). I also asked Dolter why the police department issued a press release on Sorg's arrest. Is it common to broadcast arrests? He indicated that the department often publicizes arrests involving sexual assault charges in order to find out if additional victims exist. "We just did one a week before on another sexual assault where we did have other victims come forward," Dolter said. In Sorg's case, the press release has yielded no other allegations. When told of the support for Sorg posted on 92510 by people identifying themselves as former students, Dolter indicated that he wasn't surprised. "Everyone I talked to during this investigation has said she was a very good teacher," he said.

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Posted by Lauren Gard on 05/10/2007 at 1:26 PM

Re: “The Honeytrappers

Butler & Associates' are quite open about their fees. They charge $125 an hour for stings, which was mentioned in the story, on page 3 of the online version. ("That's really what the wife is paying $125 an hour for.") Rates for other services are disclosed on Butler & Associates' Web site, uncover-truth.com.

Posted by Lauren Gard on 03/09/2007 at 11:36 AM

Re: “City of Oakland's New Job Application

It's about time! San Francisco passed a resolution banning the question in Oct. 2005 and it went into affect last June. Check out the resolution here. Details on a pilot project Alameda County already has underway, and on other cities who've banned the box, have been compiled by the National Employment Law Project.
Now if only the question pertaining to prior drug convictions would be eliminated in financial aid applications...

Posted by Lauren Gard on 03/06/2007 at 2:52 PM

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