A 50-year-old San Clemente man who already faces child annoyance charges has been arrested again for a lewd act with a third middle school student. According to a CBS News report, the man was arrested for a second time at his San Clemente home. On June 8, 2012, he pleaded not guilty on two California misdemeanor counts of child annoyance. On June 21, he was arrested on suspicion of lewd acts with a child under 14. Officials say the Shorecliffs Middle School teacher may have had a relationship with the girl for as long as two years. He is now being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
A lewd act with a minor is a serious crime. 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.”
Individuals convicted of a lewd act with a child under the age of 14 could face felony charges. If convicted, they could face up to eight years in the state prison and a $10,000 fine. Additionally, he or she will have to register as a sex offender and pay for any medical or psychological treatment that the minor incurs.
These types of cases are extremely serious and delicate. The experienced San Clemente sex crime defense attorneys at Sitkoff & Hanrahan have a proven track record of handling lewd act and other sex crime cases in southern California. If you are facing these types of serious criminal charges, please contact us at (866) 430-8383 for a free consultation.