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  • The Orange County Register: Rehab Riviera

    Our Rehab Riviera series continued to probe the dark side of addiction treatment in California in 2018, documenting sexual assault inside rehabs and how sober homes make their money. Our work changed state and local laws, spawned a task force and arrests, and sparked Congressional Committee hearings and investigations.
  • Orange County Register/Southern California News Group: Olympic sports sex abuse

    This Is the Orange County Register’s investigation into decades of sexual abuse within American Olympic sports, the culture that enabled that abuse and the lengths top officials and coaches have taken to cover up that abuse leaving unsuspecting young athletes still vulnerable to predatory coaches and officials.
  • Born on Drugs

    What happens to children who are born drug-exposed - and what happens to their parents? Over the course of the generation spanning “crack babies” to “heroin babies,” California and the nation have made legal and philosophical shifts, removing fewer drug-exposed children from their parents’ care and working harder to make fractured families whole again. Sometimes, it works. Most often, it doesn’t.
  • The Shooting of Sgt. Manuel Loggins by Orange County Deputy Sheriff Darren Sandberg

    Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Sandberg shot off-duty Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins to death in front of his two young daughters in February of 2012. Loggins was unarmed, and Patch was the first organization to break the name of the victim and the name of the deputy involved, as well as an assessment by police procedure experts that mirrored findings by the district attorney months later. The shooting happened a few months after police in Fullerton beat to death the mentally ill and homeless Kelly Thomas. It was a key catalyst to the debate about how police in Orange County use force against suspects.
  • Betrayal of Trust

    The Orange County Register detailed the culture of exploitation that surrounded young female gymnasts who have fueled the sport's success since the early 1980's. Specifically, the Register investigation revealed the coach of the 1984 U.S. Olympic team had sexual relations with three young gymnasts he coached.
  • Bad Detective

    In Orange County, incarcerated defendants representing themselves in court had no choice but to hire one well-connected private investigator who mostly just pressured them to take deals offered by prosecutors. In at least one case, the investigator blackmailed an inmate to accept a plea deal.
  • OC Assemblyman In Bed With Lobbyist

    When Michael Duvall, an Ex-Orange County assemblyman, described portions of his affair, he did not know it would be broadcasted for the public to hear. Duvall has been a consistent supporter for conservative issues and has long supported California families and their values. But after becoming the vice chairman of the Utilities and Commerce committee women, especially a lobbyist for the utility giant in California, began to notice him. This is how the affair started and resigning as assemblyman is how it ended.
  • Banking on the Badge

    The Orange County Register exposes large pensions and incompetence of local public officials across agencies at a time when California is struggling to stay fiscally afloat.
  • The Bishop's Bad Moves

    These stories include online and print coverage of the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Diocese of Orange County, California. "Major findings include the diocese paid an admitted child molester $100,000 to stay quiet, that the bishop tried to cover up a molestation allegation in his past, and that he also documented molestations but didn't report them as required by California law."
  • Justice By Geography

    Years after the 2000 Gang Violence and Juvenile Crime Prevention Act passed in California, Orange County-area prosecutors "top the list of district attorneys who most use the discretionary waiver to charge teens as young as 14 as adults." The original act was meant to "target hardcore gang members and juvenile offenders who commit heinous, violent crimes." Among the stories is the tale of Rene Garcia, who faces a life sentence for murder, even though he did not pull the trigger.