Prison in Child Porn Case, Allegations in Child Rape Case

Child pornin' and assaultin' cases
Child pornin' and assaultin' cases
Jay Brockman

Crimes against children make up this week's collection of sickness.

The first case involves a Boeing manager who is prison bound for possessing child pornography.

The second involves accusations against the longtime family friend of a girl who was allegedly abused sexually for seven years, staring when she was six years old.

Keith Gartenlaub, who first came under the FBI's notice during the investigation of a possible data leak at Boeing in Long Beach, was recently sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. Judge Christina Snyder in Los Angeles split the baby in handing the former Boeing manager a 41-month term as prosecutors sought a seven-year sentence and the defense wanted no prison time. The FBI found the porn while searching Gartenlaub's Irvine home in 2014 as part of the espionage investigation. Gartenlaub gave media interviews and his lawyer told Snyder the case should have been dismissed because the search warrant was based on spying allegations he was never charged with and not the kiddie porn.

Rupert Edward Mares was charged Thursday with sexually assaulting a girl multiple times over several years starting when she was age 6. The 51-year-old Fullerton resident is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 16 on 14 felony counts, including lewd acts, oral copulation or sexual penetration on a child, sexual intercourse with a child 10 or younger and continuous sexual abuse of a child. The case against Mares, a longtime friend of the girl's family, began when she was at his home recently, he allegedly tried to assault her, she called her family to pick her and, when she got home, shared with her parents the accusations. A resulting investigation revealed the alleged abuse happened from August 2006 through August 2013 in Fullerton, Whittier and elsewhere in Los Angeles County, according to Orange County prosecutors who are bringing the case.


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