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Teacher, 32, Arrested on Sex Charges After Student Allegedly Brags About Sleeping with Her

Police in Beaumont, California, reportedly continue to investigate a high school teacher who was arrested last month after allegedly having sex with an underage student.

Samantha Lee Ciotta, 32, was taken into custody on Sept. 20, PEOPLE confirms.

The Beaumont High School teacher was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and oral copulation with a person under the age of 18 in connection with an alleged relationship with a student, Beaumont police said at the time.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Ciotta was also the head cheerleading coach at Beaumont High.

Police said in September that they “believe that there may be other victims,” and they urged anyone with information to come forward. (They declined to comment further to PEOPLE.)

Other details about the investigation were not released. But according to

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Man Claims Innocence After He Allegedly Abducted Former Stepdaughter at Age 12 and Fathered Her 9 Kids

A man who allegedly abducted his former stepdaughter when she was 12 years old and then held her and their children in captivity for nearly 20 years says the abuse accusations against him are untrue.

“Most of it are lies,” Henri Piette, 62, told local TV station FOX23 last week after he returned to Wagoner County, Oklahoma, to faces charges of child and sexual abuse.

He has been charged with two counts of lewd molestation and one count each of first-degree rape and child abuse by injury, a Wagoner County court official tells PEOPLE.

“Ninety-nine percent [of the accusations] are lies,” he said. “I’m telling the truth.”

“They’ve been manipulated and they’re lying,” Piette told a TV reporter about his children.

About the allegations that he was sexually abusive, he said, “I never raped any children. I

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Passenger in Fiery NYC Crash Burned to Death After Driver Allegedly Abandoned Her and Hailed a Taxi


A Queens woman is dead after a fiery car accident, and the man police say was driving faces charges after allegedly fleeing the scene in a taxi, PEOPLE confirms.

Harleen Grewal, 25, was found burned to death in the passenger seat of a 2007 Infiniti G35 by New York firefighters Friday, according to a New York Police Department news release obtained by PEOPLE.

The vehicle was completely engulfed in flames after the man driving the car, Saeed Ahmed, allegedly lost control while on the Gowanus Expressway and struck a concrete barrier. 

Following the crash, Ahmed, 23, was allegedly videotaped standing in the middle of the highway hailing a cab as the woman burned alive, ABC7 reports. 

When firefighters arrived on the scene, Ahmed was gone.


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Texas Toddler Missing After Father Allegedly Made Her Stand Outside for Not Drinking Her Milk


A 3-year-old Texas girl is missing after her father allegedly left her outside at 3 a.m. on Saturday to punish her for not drinking her milk, reports say.

Sherin Mathews has been missing since Saturday and her father, 37-year-old Wesley Mathews, has been arrested in connection with her disappearance, a Richardson Police Department spokesperson confirms to PEOPLE.

Mathews allegedly told police that he ordered Sherin outside in the early morning hours, telling her to stand next to a tree across an alley from their Richardson home, the Associated Press reports, citing an arrest affidavit. When he allegedly went to check on the toddler about 15 minutes later, Sherin was gone, according to the AP.

Little Sherin was last seen wearing black pajama bottoms, pink flip flops and a pink shirt, police said in a statement. Officials noted that the toddler suffers

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Experts still clueless on what drives mass murder 50 years after unhinged man fatally blasts six

On an autumn Monday morning 50 years ago, Leo Held piloted his blue station wagon along his customary 17-mile roller coaster commute up and down the ridge-and-valley Appalachians of north-central Pennsylvania.

Middle age had arrived early for Held, a married father of four children, ages 5 to 19. Doughy and balding, he had just turned 40 but looked eligible for a senior discount.

Held choked the steering wheel that morning — Oct. 23, 1967 — as he drove toward the Lock Haven, Pa., paper mill where he worked, seething over the affronts he used to rationalize what he was about to do.

Friends and colleagues would later describe Held as an ordinary man. But his mind played a nonstop reel of umbrage-taking. He felt persecuted for conflicts that reasonable adults would brush off or talk through.

‘Psychological autopsy’ could uncover Las Vegas gunman’s motives

There were the carpoolers who banned

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After Two Decades, the Menendez Brothers Case Returns in “Law & Order True Crime”

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Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’ is the first installment to the new ‘True Crime’ series. PHOTO/ NBC

By Bianca Cange

Published: October 4th, 2017

The longest running crime show in television,Law Order,” brings the Menendez brothers’ names back into the headlines after almost two decades.  The “Law Order” franchise is already known for its series, “Criminal Intent,” “Special Victims Unit,” “Trial By Jury” and “LA.” Now they have added a new series called “True Crime,” and their first installment, “Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders,” is focused on the famous Menendez crime of 1989. Joseph Lyle Menendez and Erik Galen Menendez were accused and sentenced to a life without parole for the brutal murders of their parents José and Mary “Kitty” Menendez.

The events that have occurred in previous “Law

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Iowa Mom Arrested After Allegedly Leaving 4 Kids Home Alone to Go on a Planned 12-Day German Vacation

An Iowa woman was arrested Thursday after she went on a planned days-long vacation to Germany and allegedly left her four young children home alone, PEOPLE confirms.

Erin Lee Macke, 30, is charged with four counts of child endangerment, according to Johnston, Iowa, Police Department Lt. Lynn Aswegan.

Macke was released on bail on Friday. It is unclear if she has obtained an attorney or entered a plea. Her next court date is scheduled for Oct. 9.

A message left for her was not immediately returned on Friday. She has reportedly said the allegations against her are untrue and that she did not leave her kids alone.

Johnston Police Department

Aswegan tells PEOPLE that officers were first called to Macke’s home on Sept. 21 after receiving a report from the father of two of

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‘The clown shot her’: Police make arrest in bizarre cold case after nearly three decades

Just after breakfast on a warm May day in 1990, a white convertible Chrysler LeBaron pulled into Marlene Warren’s driveway in Wellington, Fla., and a clown emerged.

The clown — wearing an orange wig, with a red bulb nose and a painted-on smile — carried a bouquet of flowers and two balloons. One said: “You’re the greatest!”

The clown offered the flowers and balloons to Warren, witnesses would later recount — then pulled out a gun and shot her in the face.

As Warren crumpled to the ground, the person in the clown disguise calmly walked back to the Chrysler convertible, witnesses said — then disappeared for the next 27 years.

“This is the strangest thing I’ve seen in all my 19 years in law enforcement,” Bob Ferrell, a spokesman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, told reporters at the time. “As she went to take the flowers and balloons, the clown shot her.”


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Husband of ‘World’s Best Mother’ — Who Was Seen Crying After Her Death — Is Now Charged with Her Murder

The husband of a second-grade teacher and mother who was found dead in her Massachusetts home Sunday was arrested on Tuesday and charged with her murder, PEOPLE confirms.

Andrew MacCormack, 29, was arrested at Revere police headquarters in the death of his wife, Vanessa MacCormack, 30, authorities announced in a statement.

The state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner made preliminary findings that the young mother had suffered a blunt force injury to the head, sharp force injuries to the neck, and asphyxiation, the statement says.

“Evidence suggested that the killer made concerted efforts to clean up the crime scene and dispose of related items,” the statement says.

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Why Anthony Weiner Walked Free Hours After Being Sentenced to Federal Prison

Just hours after Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison with three years probation for sending sexually explicit messages and photos to a 15-year-old girl, the former New York congressman was seen leaving his apartment building in Manhattan.

Weiner, 53, wore a blue T-shirt and orange Mets baseball cap as he made his way onto the subway after his court hearing, and caused some to wonder why he was not yet behind bars.

Weiner will begin serving time on Nov. 6. He also must register as a sex offender after his prison term is complete and cannot appeal his sentence due to his guilty plea.

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