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Jury selection begins in SCV child annoyance case

Posted: July 30, 2014 4:24 p.m.
Updated: July 30, 2014 4:24 p.m.

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of a local registered sex offender accused of annoying a young girl at a Santa Clarita Valley department store, a court bailiff said.

Yale Joseph Yurman, 71, of Valencia appeared Wednesday in San Fernando Superior Court as prospective jurors were chosen for his trial, said the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department bailiff assigned to the Department J courtroom.

Once the jury has been selected, Yurman’s trial is expected to begin — more than a year after he was arrested.

A new prosecutor was recently assigned to Yurman’s case, District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Shiara Davila-Morales said Tuesday.

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 in October 2013.

Sheriff’s detectives arrested him 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 followed young girls and videotaped 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 following girls on the Santa Monica pier, investigators reported.

Yurman was charged July 10, 2013, on suspicion of having annoyed a child, a felony. Bail was set at $1 million, and he remained in custody awaiting the outcome of his trial.
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