A 63-year-old math tutor has been arrested on suspicion of lewd acts with a student in La Palma, according to a news report in The Orange County Register. Officials say he owns a learning center in Norwalk. The arrest occurred after a child was allegedly overheard discussing inappropriate touching. Officials are looking into whether there were other victims.
According to California Penal Code Section 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 and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for three, six, or eight years.”
Such sex crime charges can be devastating both personally and professionally for defendants. People who are in a position of trust or power or those who work with children are particularly vulnerable as simply an accusation of a lewd act or sexual assault can end careers for those who work with children. Consequences of a sex crime conviction in Orange County include imprisonment, fines and mandatory registration as a sex offender.
If you have been charged with a sex crime in Orange County, please contact the skilled La Palma sex crime defense lawyers at Sitkoff & Hanrahan who will fight to obtain the help and guidance you need. Such cases must be dealt with quickly and efficiently and our attorneys, who are former prosecutors and investigators, have the knowledge and experience it takes to successfully defend against these charges. We have an excellent track record of getting charges reduced or even dismissed. Call us today at 866-430-8383 to discuss your case at absolutely no cost.