By Aaron Blevins, 1/10/2013
A Los Angeles talent scout must register as a sex offender for life following his multiple-count sexual abuse conviction, the City Attorney’s Office announced on Jan. 4. Yoshitomo Kaneda, 45, who was also sentenced to 180 days in jail, was convicted of six counts of sexual abuse involving a 16 year old aspiring model and actress.
“We will not tolerate criminals who use the lure of fame and fortune under a cloak of trust to prey upon the innocence of young women,” City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said. “Children and young people must be protected from such predators who seek out some of the most vulnerable among us.”
Kaneda was convicted of sexual battery, child molestation, penetration with a foreign object, false imprisonment and witness intimidation charges. He was also served with a criminal protective order prohibiting any contact with the victim.
Kaneda’s conviction stems from an incident on Feb. 22, 2012, when he sexually abused the 16-year old, who was attending his acting and modeling school.
After taking her to his apartment to teach her Japanese, Kaneda gave the victim a massage and sexually molested her. Following the incident, he left several apologetic messages on the mother’s voice mail, which assisted in securing his conviction.
Deputy City Attorney Lara Schwartz prosecuted the case.