|For Immediate Release
Case # 12NF1757
June 5, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
BOSTON MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN 1995 AND “FACEBOOKING” HER IN 2011 TO MEET AGAIN
SANTA ANA – A Boston man will be arraigned today for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in 1995, contacting her in 2011 through Facebook, and flying out to Southern California to meet her again. Vanna Hong, 44, Boston, MA, is charged with three felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, one felony count of continuous sexual abuse, and one felony count of aggravated sexual assault of a child, with sentencing enhancement allegations for substantial sexual assault of a child. The People are able to file this case beyond the statute of limitations based on clear and convincing admissible evidence that corroborates the victim’s allegations.
If convicted on all counts, Hong faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration. The defendant is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned this morning, Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The specific time is to be determined.
In January 1995, 28-year-old Hong is accused of meeting 12-year-old Jane Doe when he was visiting Orange County from Rhode Island. He is accused of driving to California a few times to visit her and then flying roundtrip to sexually assault Jane Doe several more times during that year.
Between January 1995 and February 1995, Hong is accused of taking Jane Doe to a Garden Grove motel and having unlawful sexual intercourse with her.
Between March 1, 1995, and Feb. 29, 1996, he is accused of taking the victim to The Alamo Inn in Anaheim several times and engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse, orally copulating and digitally penetrating the victim.
Between March 1, 1996, and Sept. 30, 1996, Hong is accused of committing aggravated sexual assault on Jane Doe by forcibly raping her.
In January 2011, Hong is accused of contacting Jane Doe online through Facebook to visit the victim and meet her to continue their sexual relationship. The defendant is accused of arranging the visit, knowing that the victim was now married to a law enforcement officer.
On Aug. 17, 2011, Jane Doe contacted law enforcement about the sexual assault against her when she was a child.