Crime

How A Pedophile Used Skateboarding

by The Editors on November 6, 2019

Jenkem Magazine brings to light a cautionary story of how an accused pedophile infiltrated the Atlanta skateboarding scene beginning in 2009 and how long it took to bring the man to justice. The story begins like this:

The following story is something of Atlanta lore, repressed by most everyone who was forced to contend with it. It first started as rumors of pedophilia and sexual assault floating around that were surely too unsettling to be true, before spiraling out of control into a grotesque reality. Lots of skateboarders in Atlanta were peripheral to the events chronicled here, including my group of friends. At the time, many of us simply wrote it off as, “shit happens,” or “we didn’t know the full story.” It wasn’t until years later, when I mentioned the Atnalta Foundation to a group unfamiliar with the Atlanta skate scene, that I realized how disturbing this story was.

Click the link for the rest of the story. 

[Link: Jenkem Magazine]

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Kokubo Arrested On Drug Smuggling Charges

by The Editors on November 6, 2019

Olympic snowboarder, former Snowboarder Magazine rider of the year, and Capita Snowboards team rider Kazuhiro Kokubo was arrested in Japan on Wednesday (November 6, 2019) for allegedly smuggling drugs into Japan, according to a story on NHK World.

The Health, Welfare and Labor Ministry’s Narcotics Control Department arrested Kokubo on Wednesday following a tip that he has been bringing in marijuana from overseas.

Guess the rest of the world isn’t as enlightened as the USA.

[Link: NHK World]

 

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Loriface Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

by The Editors on September 5, 2019

Former professional vert skateboarder Rob Lorifice has plead guilty in Federal Court on Monday September 2, 2019 to “possessing methamphetamine and heroin with the intent to distribute,” according to a story on Imperial Valley News.

Lorifice [Elizabeth Alexandra Landis, his girlfriend at the time] admitted to possessing the methamphetamine, heroin and other controlled substances with the intent to distribute them and that Lorifice, with Landis’ assistance, coordinated deals utilizing phone calls, text messages and communication through other apps; and they admitted to selling methamphetamine, heroin and other controlled substances for money.

All of this apparently went down in his Encinitas, California home in 2018. The maximum penalty is “40 years in prison and $5 million fine” for each charge. Lorifice and Landis are scheduled to be sentenced on November 22, 2019 at 9 a.m. by U.S. District Judge Dana M. Sabraw. For all the details, please click the link.

[Link: Imperial Valley News and Justice.gov]

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Bezos Accuses Pecker Of Dick Pic Blackmail

by The Editors on February 7, 2019

In a story posted on Medium today (February 7, 2019), Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos claims that Surfer Magazine, Transworld Snowboarding, and Transworld Skateboarding’s new parent company American Media (through its tabloid The National Enquirer) has threatened to publish photos of Mr. Bezos’ penis “as well as nine other images” if Mr. Bezos didn’t call the Washington Post off its investigation of American Media CEO David Pecker’s relationship with Donald Trump, according to a story on the Huffington Post.

Here’s a little of what Mr. Bezos is claiming:

I was made an offer I couldn’t refuse. Or at least that’s what the top people at the National Enquirer thought. I’m glad they thought that, because it emboldened them to put it all in writing. Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten. . . They said they had more of my text messages and photos that they would publish if we didn’t stop our investigation.

Usually these stories that have nothing to do with skateboarding, snowboarding, or surfing would be well outside our “lane.” But last week’s sale brings it all home to our world. Think about it? This suggests that those left at what once was TEN are now in a not-so-roundabout way working for the Trump Administration, forcing action sports marketing people to ask themselves, “Do we really want to support Donald Trump by spending advertising and marketing dollars with American Media in light of all this?”

We can say this: if this is how American Media does business, then the people who had their jobs eliminated last week are the lucky ones.

February 8, 2019 Updates:

Jeff Bezos’ investigator suspects ‘a government agency’ intercepted Amazon CEO’s text messages
Could the National Enquirer—Bezos scandal end AMI’s federal plea deal?

[Link: The Huffington Post]

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Rob Loriface Facing Drug Charges

by The Editors on January 9, 2019

Pro skateboarder Rob Loriface is facing federal criminal drug charges after a raid of his Encinitas, California home in September 2018 found “heroin, methamphetamine and hundreds of Xanax pills,” according to a story on NBC San Diego.

Scattered throughout the master bedroom of Lorifice’s home, deputies retrieved small plastic baggies, Roxicodone pills, Xanax, marijuana, mushrooms, packing materials, as well as a digital scale. . . In all, deputies seized 231.6 grams of heroin, 193 grams of meth, and 196 grams of marijuana, as well as $16,824 from the skateboarder’s home.

Loriface reportedly said that the drugs were “left at his house by someone else . . . and he was afraid to get rid of them” according to a federal complaint. Would be great if that is true. He is being charged with “possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute” and is currently out on bail. 

[Link: NBC San Diego]

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Bruce Irons Arrested On DUI Drugs Charges

by The Editors on November 29, 2018

The good news is that Bruce Irons is still alive, the bad news is that he was arrested in a gas station parking lot in Newport Beach, California on Thanksgiving morning (November 22, 2018) at 9:23 AM, according to law enforcement sources quoted on TMZ.

Law enforcement tells TMZ Sports Irons was found passed out behind the wheel of a running car at a gas station. Cops responded, found Irons, woke him up and determined he was under the influence of drugs. He was arrested without incident. . . According to police records, Irons was booked for DUI Drugs, possession of a controlled substance without prescription and driving without a valid license. Bail was set at $2,500.

There are obviously aspects of Bruce’s life that we will never understand, because from the . We hope that this serves as a serious wake-up call so Bruce can get his life in order, because there is no way we want to see another Irons family movie from the crew at TGR Films. Know what we mean?

For more commentary check out Beachgrit and BoardRap.

[Link: TMZ]

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DA Rejects Case Against Neal Hendrix

by The Editors on November 16, 2018

Former pro skateboarder Neal Hendrix, will not face charges for allegations of misconduct 10 years ago brought against him by pro skateboarder Julie Lynn Kindstrand Nelson aka Julz Lynn, according to a story on ESPN.com

“The case has been rejected (as of yesterday) as it could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” Michelle Van Der Linden, a spokeswoman for the district attorney, said Friday in a statement emailed to espnW. . . According to the spokeswoman for the [Orange County, California] district attorney, the standard for filing a case is that the evidence will support the charge or charges and can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. She said the office is not able to comment further because the case was rejected.

For the rest of the details please check out Alyssa Roenigk’s story on ESPN.com

[Link: ESPN.com]

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Neal Hendrix Investigated For Sexual Assault

by The Editors on October 24, 2018

USA Skateboarding’s Neal Hendrix has been suspended from the organization while being investigated for “allegations of improper sexual contact” after being accused by skateboarder Julz Lynn (aka Julie Lynn Kindstrand Nelson) in a six page letter to the Costa Mesa, California Police Department, according to a story in the Washington Post. The contact allegedly occurred in 2007.

In the letter, which was also provided to ESPN’s Alyssa Roenigk, Kindstrand Nelson alleged that, when she was between the ages of 14 and 15 and Hendrix was in his early 30s, she performed sex acts on him at his request. Kindstrand Nelson also alleged in the letter that Hendrix masturbated in front of her, photographed and took videos of her while she was naked and showed her pornography involving underage girls. Hendrix, who was her mentor, brought her to his apartment for what he called “sex lessons” after meeting her at a California skatepark in 2006, she wrote in the letter.

In an email to the Washington Post, quoted by ESPN, Hendrix said “the claims are 100% false.” So far no charges have been filed.

[Link: Washington Post & ESPN]

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Cory Kennedy Sentenced To Four Years

by The Editors on August 31, 2018

Cory Kennedy, the pro skateboarder who was driving drunk when when he crashed into a tree killing one of his best friends (Thrasher filmer Preston “P-Stone” Maigetter) was sentenced today (August 31, 2018) to four years in prison and one year under house arrest, according to a story on Jenkem Mag.

Kennedy plead guilty to vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, DUI, and reckless driving. This is a sad story all around. For a kind, fair overview, please click the link for the rest of the story.

[Link: Jenkem Mag]

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Nate Bozung Arrested For Aggravated Assault

by The Editors on May 16, 2018

Yeah, it’s been a while since we’ve seen the former ridiculously talented pro snowboarder Nate Bozung. But we can’t say we’re all that surprised by his latest hijinks. Here are the details from the Salt Lake City Tribune.

Park City police arrested former professional snowboarder Nate Bozung early Saturday on suspicion of holding up a knife to one person and threatening to shoot another person with a rifle. . . Bozung, 36, posted bail and was released from the Summit County jail Monday. He had been booked on suspicion of aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and marijuana possession. He has not been formally charged.

Alcohol is such a wonderful thing. At least he’s still alive. We hope he sorts things out real soon.

[Link: Salt Lake City Tribune]

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