Two brothers, ages 33 and 35, have been accused of lewd acts with young girls in Orange County. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the alleged sex crimes occurred between May 2010 and August 2011 in Fullerton. Officials say that the two brothers allegedly committed these acts with a 3-year-old girl and a 7-year-old girl in a converted garage. The multiple charges the two men face include lewd acts on a child and sexual penetration of a child. They are being held on a $1-million bail in Orange County.
Lewd conduct according to California Penal Code section 288 includes, “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 and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for three, six, or eight years.”
Individuals facing sex crime charges involving children often suffer professional and social consequences in addition to severe criminal penalties. The consequences for lewd behavior with a child under the age of 14 include prison time, heavy fines, and mandatory registration as a sex offender for life.
The knowledgeable Orange County sex crime defense lawyers at Sitkoff & Hanrahan have years of experience handling sex crimes. Our attorneys are former prosecutors who have a thorough understanding of how local courts work. If you or a loved one is facing sex crime charges in Orange County, please call our offices today at (866) 430-8383 to schedule a free and comprehensive consultation.