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Details slowly emerge in California child-sex ring case

Prosecutors say they have acquired a second video that will result in more charges against a northern California doctor and nurse, along with an Arizona mother. The three are accused in Santa Cruz County of involvement in a child-sex ring.

No details were released about the second video, but prosecutors say the first video, made in March at a hotel, allegedly shows sex acts with children. The Watsonville police chief has characterized the trio of defendants are in a “complex and disturbing crime that crosses into multiple states."

Details about the alleged crimes have been few, however, a San Jose newspaper reports. The allegations center around the 57-year-old neurosurgeon who officials say has sexual appetites that include adult women, as well as children of both genders in a range of ages spanning infancy to pre-teens.

The doctor is accused of sexually assaulting the children of both co-defendants. Eleven felonies have so far been filed against him involving raping and sodomizing children, the news article states.

The 43-year-old nurse faces eight felonies that involve sexual abuse of children. The 30-year-old Tucson mother also faces similar felonies.

The doctor's criminal defense attorney notes that the allegations his client faces are based largely on the nurse's statements.

Each of the three defendants faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted on all charges.

No matter what the accusations might be, defendants have the right to their day in court with a qualified defense attorney at their side. In Manhattan Beach, Houlé Law protects rights at every step of the legal process.

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