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71-year-old Valencia sex offender gets 12 years in prison

Yale Joseph Yurman, a former lawyer, sentenced for following, videotaping girls

Posted: September 3, 2014 12:39 p.m.
Updated: September 3, 2014 12:39 p.m.

Yale Joseph Yurman, 71,sentenced for taking pictures of girls in the Santa Clarita Valley and using them for sexual gratification.

A Valencia registered sex offender and former attorney was sentenced today to 12 years in state prison for following girls around and taking their pictures, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Yale Joseph Yurman, 71, appeared Wednesday in San Fernando Superior Court where he was formally sentenced, District Attorney spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.

The sentence against Yurman comes after he pleaded no contest on July 31 to one count of annoying a child under the age of 18 with a prior sex crime conviction, said Deputy District Attorney Emily Cole.

On June 18, 2013, Yurman was caught following girls as young as 6 years old at a store and then taking pictures of their legs and back sides, according to Cole.

He later admitted to using the pictures for sexual gratification, she said.

Detectives with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station arrested Yurman 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 had been convicted in 1987 of seven counts of forcible lewd acts upon a child under 14 and five counts of forcible oral copulation, Santiago said in a news release issued Wednesday.

He was sentenced to 30 years in state prison but served 15 years, he said.

To gain access to the victims in that case he posed as a doctor and went to individual homes under the pretense of checking the water for bacteria.
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