13 CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED CHILD MOLEST AFTER DAYS OF EXCHANGING LEWD INSTANT MESSAGES AND COMING TO MEET A 12 OR 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL

 

OCDASeal

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
February 22, 2006
Contact:Susan Kang Schroeder
Deputy District Attorney
(714) 347-8408 Office
(714) 292-2718 Cell

13 CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED CHILD MOLEST AFTER DAYS OF EXCHANGING LEWD INSTANT MESSAGES AND COMING TO MEET A 12 OR 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL
*One defendant was a California Highway Patrol lieutenant

NEWPORT BEACH – Thirteen men, ages ranging from 19 to 51, were charged after an internet sexual predator operation was conducted in cooperation with the Laguna Beach Police Department, Orange County Probation and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.  A citizen group called Perverted-justice.com helped gather the internet chats from the accused sexual predators.  All of these men were charged with attempted lewd acts upon a child under the age of fourteen.  In addition, one was charged with possession of methamphetamine and a pipe.  Another was charged with sending an explicit image over the internet.  The child molest charge carries a maximum penalty of four years in state prison. 

The facts on each of these cases are similar in nature.  All of them engaged in internet chats with fictitious 12 or 13-year-old girls.  Some of these chats stretched for hours and hours and multiple days.  The chats detailed explicit, graphic sex talks including oral sex, masturbation and intercourse.  One man sent pornographic pictures.  Others exchanged regular photographs.  One brought a pornographic DVD.  Many of them worried about being detected by law enforcement and parents.  Many of them brought sexual paraphernalia, cameras, food, flower and alcohol.  One of the men left his own 13-year-old daughter to have sex with a fictitious 13-year-old girl.  These men came from all over Southern California and held many jobs, including a law enforcement officer. 

“What is scary about these types of suspects is the fact that they are not the suspicious looking guy behind the bushes.  They are not even the creepy man or neighbor looking luridly at your children.  What is scary about them is that they bypass most forms of parental vigilance.  They come into homes behind locked doors, behind alarm systems, around the watchful eyes of parents who believe their children are safe in their room studying and working on the computer,” stated District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.  “These predators are taking advantage of children’s innocence, boredom, loneliness, insecurities and thirst for acceptance and love.” 

“Think about the scope of these types of crimes.  What we have in this case is one city, on one night.  These types of crimes are happening on any given day at any given place, all over the country, and all over the world.” 

“We are at war with child predators who want to take our children hostage to satisfy their sick perversion.  This is a war we must win.” 

“We need to shine the bright light on these individuals and their activities.  I urge the media to publish every one of these names and pictures.”

(“*” indicates that the person is in custody and will be arraigned this afternoon.)

Robert Carlos Alarcia, 29, Los Angeles, pharmaceutical tech

*Deep Arora, 19, Placentia, Unemployed

Shih-Hung Chuang, 31, Hacienda Heights, importer

Stephen Robert Deck, 51, Carlsbad, Lieutenant of California Highway Patrol,

*Nery Roberto Folgar, 29, Alta Dena, salesperson

*Ryan Arnell Mount, 29, North Hollywood, unemployed

Benjamin Paul McAlister, 21, Loomis, student

*David Phuong Pham, 30, Los Angeles, unemployed

*Jonathan Augustine Reese, 40, Westchester, supervisor at Starbucks

Norindra Say, 33, Tustin, engineer

Benjamin Alan Taul, 27, Placentia, bartender

*Jimmy Miguel Varela, 32, Norwalk, unemployed

John Inkyoo Yi, 43, Anaheim, Laborer

Six are in custody and will be in court today at 1:30 p.m. at Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach California.  The other seven will be in court on March 29, 2006.

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