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Jury trial set for Valencia man accused of following, videotaping young girls

Posted: May 21, 2014 11:52 a.m.
Updated: May 21, 2014 11:52 a.m.
Yale Joseph Yurman. Yale Joseph Yurman.
Yale Joseph Yurman.

The jury trial of a local registered sex offender accused of annoying a young girl at a local department store is expected to begin in three weeks, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said.

Yale Joseph Yurman, 70, of Valencia, appeared Tuesday in San Fernando Superior Court where he learned his jury trial is set to begin June 11, office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said Tuesday.

He was ordered to appear back in court for a pre-trial conference June 2, he said.

Yurman, one of more than 50 sex offenders registered with the California Department of Justice as living in the Santa Clarita Valley, was ordered to stand trial more than six months ago.

Sheriff’s detectives arrested Yurman on June 19, 2013, after investigating reports of a man following a young girl and videotaping her while she was walking around inside Target on Magic Mountain Parkway in Valencia.

Detectives working with Target’s loss prevention personnel were able to identify the suspect as Yurman. They subsequently served a search warrant on his house in the 23700 block of Hickory Court in Valencia.

Inside they found what they said is evidence showing Yurman following young girls and videotaping them on several occasions at three locations in the Santa Clarita Valley: Target, Walmart and Real Life Church in Valencia.

They also found evidence of Yurman allegedly following girls on the Santa Monica pier, deputies reported.

Yurman was charged July 10, 2013, on suspicion of having annoyed a child, a felony, with bail set at $1 million.
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