A 37-year-old Anaheim man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting two boys and recording it. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, one of the alleged lewd acts occurred in Santa Ana between 2007 and 2008 and the other occurred between 2009 and 2011. Officials say the man secretly photographed and recorded the boys in the restroom in addition to molesting an 11-year-old sleeping boy and a 9- to 11-year-old boy who was awake at the time. Officials were allegedly watching the home to investigate a child pornography case when they traced a download of commercial child pornography to the residence.
After they made an arrest on March 1, 2012, they learned about the alleged sexual assaults in California. He faces three felony counts of lewd acts on children, two felony counts of possession of child pornography, and a felony count of distributing child pornography punishable by up to 45 years to life in prison.
Under California Penal Code 288: “Any person who willfully and lewdly commits any lewd or lascivious act, including any of the acts constituting other crimes provided for in Part 1, upon or with the body, or any part or member thereof, of a child who is under the age of 14 years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires of that person or the child, is guilty of a felony.”
Anyone facing these types of serious sex crime allegations would be well advised to contact an experienced sex crime defense lawyer before speaking to the authorities. These types of cases are extremely sensitive, and anything said after the arrest can and will be used against the defendant.
The experienced Orange County sex crime defense attorneys at Sitkoff & Hanrahan have a long history and a successful track record of handling sex crime cases involving children. If you or a loved one has been charged with a lewd act or possession of child pornography, please call our offices at (866) 430-8383 for a no-cost consultation.