|For Immediate Release
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
54-YEAR-OLD MAN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH ENGAGING IN SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH 14-YEAR-OLD BOY HE MET ON CRAIGSLIST.ORG
*Law enforcement is seeking the public’s help in identifying potential additional victims
HUNTINGTON BEACH – A 54-year-old man has been arrested and charged for engaging in illegal sexual conduct with a 14-year-old boy he met on Craigslist.org. Mark Aime Brosseau, Stanton, was charged today with one felony count each of lewd acts upon a child, contacting a child with the intent to commit lewd acts, and meeting a child with the intent to engage in lewd conduct. He faces a maximum sentence of five years and four months in state prison if convicted. Brosseau is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Oct. 1, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-14, West Justice Center, Westminster.
On the night of September 25, 2010, Brosseau is accused of parking his Ford pick-up truck in a parking structure at Bella Terra Mall and engaging in sexual conduct with 14-year-old John Doe in the vehicle. The defendant is accused of meeting the victim on Craigslist.org.
At 11:30 p.m., Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) officers observed and checked out the suspicious, parked truck. Officers discovered Brosseau and the victim in the vehicle. The defendant is accused of being partially undressed without his pants on. Brosseau was arrested at the scene.
A series of proactive arrests were made by HBPD in early 2010 involving an undercover detective posing as a minor child on Craigslist.org. This arrest indicates the importance of parents monitoring their children’s use of the Internet.
The investigation is ongoing. HBPD and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office are seeking the public’s help in locating anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim. Please contact HBPD Detective Kevin Johnson at (714) 960-8834 or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Randy Litwin at (714) 347-8794.
Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.