(October 14, 2013: An exchange regarding Scott Catamas who is discussed in this blog):
Sent: Monday, October 14, 2013 1:40 PM
Subject: Remedy for Scott Catamas
J.B. Tucker & Associates
(California Private Investigator
License No. PI-10143)
P.O. Box 433
Torrance CA 90508-0433 USA
Dear Mr. Jan B. Tucker,
I can see from your website that fairness and justice are important values of yours. I am writing to you on behalf of Scott Catamas. Scott is a friend of mine, master relationship coach and teacher of Compassionate Communications.
The work Scott is doing is based on that of Marshall Rosenberg, PhD, founder of the Center for Non-Violent Communication (www.cnvc.org). Scott worked with Dr. Rosenberg for many years, filming his workshops and learning these tools.
Scott is considered by many to be a master teacher of these tools and has helped thousands of people improve the quality of their relationships by creating deeper levels of understanding, acceptance, connection and love. Scott has won multiple Emmy awards for his work in producing educational television and he is a beloved teacher, coach and friend to many. He has helped raise millions of dollars for non-profit organizations and is tireless in his service to humanity.
Unfortunately, there is a posting on your website that is very damaging to Scott’s public image. Numerous churches, spiritual centers and businesses have rejected Scott, not based on who Scott is or the wonderful work that he does, but because of the posting on your website. Scott was shocked to discover this page, which again, has led to cancellations of both professional and personal projects.
The page is titled: A Tale of 3 Sex Offenders where you include Scott Catamas in this grouping: http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/03/24/a-tale-of-3-sex-offenders/
Posted on March 24, 2011.
Scott acknowledges that he made mistakes back in March of 2002, which led to his arrest, but:
As you know and as you admit in the article, Scott is not a sex offender and he did not commit a sex crime plus there is absolutely zero evidence of human trafficking related to these charges or otherwise.
These are very serious and lifelong damaging charges that Scott Catamas is not guilty of, yet is being punished for by your posting, which lands on page one of a Google search on Scott.
It also constitutes defamation of character: Any intentional false communication, either written or spoken, that harms a person’s reputation; decreases the respect, regard, or confidence in which a person is held; or induces disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings against a person.
Defamation may be a criminal or civil charge. It encompasses both written statements, known as libel, and spoken statements, called slander.
Scott has suffered loss of income and damage to his public image. We have proof from numerous organizations that your article was cited as the only reason for rejection of Scott’s services.
Scott does have the right to sue for these damages and loss of income from the page you have posted. To start, we would like to handle this directly with you by appealing to your sense of fairness and justice.
We ask you to:
- Immediately delete this page from your website.
- Eliminate this information from showing up in any search engine.
- Eliminate every trace of this article on public and private forums.
- Notify us by way of email your agreement to take the steps above and notify us of when they are accomplished.
My Response to the above communication:
Are you an attorney? If so, what state are you licensed in and what is your license number.
I am assuming you are not an attorney and are therefore not familiar with the provisions of Section 425.16 of the California Code of Civil Procedure. If you were an attorney you would be citing sections of the California Civil Code rather than some elementary and simplistic doctrine from the freedictionary online.
For reasons that you are obviously not cognizant of, since you don’t know enough about the subject you are talking about, your e-mail is just silly. I will be appending it to the blog in question.
I have a little credibility at seeing the issue of sex offenders from both a defense perspective and from work to bring sex offenders to justice. Aside from professional investigations I’ve done, I served as P.R. Director for Southern California COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics), P.R. Director for D.O.M. (Defense Of Mistresses), and P.R. Director for the National Sexual Rights Council. I was also one of four leaders from my NOW Chapter who spearheaded the passage of AB 1926 in 1998 (Assembly Member Scott Wildman, Democrat, Los Angeles County) which prohibited the use of a woman’s attire as a defense in a sexual assault case. With that background, there are a number of reforms that continue to be needed to make a better criminal procedure system when it comes to sex crimes.
First off, there needs to be better training of public sector investigators and prosecutors about family law procedures so that they know how to get a complete picture of a defendant’s history, rather than simply relying on criminal information data bases. This is illustrated by the case of Robert Leo St. George. Here’s an article about the District Attorney’s sloppy handling of his cases reprinted from http://www.sfvnow.org:
On November 19, 1984, ROBERT LEO ST. GEORGE’s ex-wife filed a Declaration in Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. D 121521, alleging that during a telephone call he said: It’s up to you, you –. I’m going to see that you get what’s coming to you. You better keep looking over your shoulder because when I see you alone I’ll get you on the ground and will put my hands around your neck…when you cry out your last breath I’ll finish you off and then spit on you.
Robert St. George was convicted of disorderly conduct in violation of Section 647(a) p.c. on 3/26/91, battery in violation of Section 242 p.c. on 6/3/91.
Later, after first being charged with the attempted murder of Actor Jameson Parker he was convicted of violation of Section 245(A)(2), Assault with a firearm on a person and was sent to state prison. After he was paroled he was sent back for violation of the terms of his parole, specifically that he refrain from contacting his ex-girlfriend in 1999. At that time, she had accused him of trying to run her off the road with his car, but the District Attorney’s Office refused to file charges, so all State Parole could give him was a couple of months back in prison.
Representatives of SFV/NELA NOW met with Assistant District Attorney Bill Hodgman and provided him with a copy of the 1984 restraining order and other documents trying to convince the District Attorney’s office that St. George had a long history of violence and needed to be taken off the streets. But later, District Attorney Steve Cooley said in a letter to NOW that one of his investigators went to the courthouse and couldn’t verify the existence of the restraining order that was probably still sitting on Bill Hodgman’s desk.
With competence like that, it is no wonder that the District Attorney’s office agreed in 2003 to strike Robert St. George’s prior conviction so that instead of using sentence enhancements and the Three Strikes law to double a state prison sentence, he got probation for molesting two (2) developmentally disabled young girls! Today he lives about a tenth of a mile from Hermosa View Elementary School.
Charges of telephonic death threats have now been filed against St. George with the Los Angeles Police Department by the woman that he was accused of harassing in 1999. Maybe this time, the District Attorney will use the Three Strikes law the way it was supposed to be used, but we’re not holding our breath.
Then there’s the case of Scott Catamas:
Man Accused of Pimping, Pandering–Los Angeles Times
Ventura County | IN BRIEF / NEWBURY PARK
March 17, 2002|From Times Staff Reports
A Newbury Park man has been arrested on suspicion of pandering. Scott Catamas, 46, was booked into Ventura County Jail last week on four counts of pimping and four counts of pandering. He was released on bail.
The investigation began about three months ago, when Ventura County Sheriff’s Department detectives received an anonymous tip about possible prostitution at a residence on Kitty Street in Newbury Park.
On Tuesday, detectives served a search warrant on Catamas’ home and arrested him.
Eventually, Catamas was charged and convicted in Ventura Superior Court Case No. 2002008430 of one count each of pimping and pandering, felony (other charges were dropped as part of a plea bargain). Here the kicker: because the women that Catamas trafficked were adults, he doesn’t have to register as a sex offender under Section 290 of the California Penal Code. Adult trafficking pimps and panderers are expressly exempt from having to register! With the widespread increases in human trafficking, sex offender registration laws need to be amended so that it is easier to keep track of pimps and panderers, just as we do with other convicted sex offenders.
Steve Orcutt aka Frank Runninghorse is a longtime “student organizer” and ally of the Berkeley Bolshevik-Feiginite leadership cabal of the California Peace & Freedom Party. He is also a registered sex offender, but accurate information about him and others who wound up entering pleas to certain misdemeanors don’t wind up getting publicly listed in state data bases.
In Contra Costa Superior Court, Department 24 at Martinez, CA, Case number 3-2195323 he was charged with four counts of violation of Penal Code (felony) Section 288(c) (1) which is a LEWD ACT UPON CHILD AGE 14-15 and one count of misdemeanor PC 311.11 (a) possession or control of matter depicting a person under 18 years of age in sexual content (i.e. “kiddie porn”).
We need to really tighten up the laws concerning registration of these kind of offenses.
At the same time, we need to be mindful of the fact that a previous loophole in California law led to convictions by plea of people who were factually innocent of child molestation at the hands of their own unscrupulous defense attorneys. As a result of a campaign led by Actress Allison Arngrim and supported by SFV/NELA NOW, California repealed its previous law which provided for mandatory probation (rather than jail) for a family member accused of molestation. Because probation was mandatory some dump truck defense lawyers would talk their clients into pleading “no contest” and sucker them into lying to the judge about their actual guilt or innocence so that they would take a fat fee with little work. I have proposed to incoming Attorney General Kamala Harris that a commission be created to look into re-opening cases like this, especially for anybody who passes a polygraph examination as to their factual innocence or guilt.