|For Immediate Release
Case # 09CF0222
March 15, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
CHILD CARE LEADER CONVICTED OF MOLESTING TWO YOUNG BOYS HE MET THROUGH SCHOOL DAYCARE PROGRAM
SANTA ANA – An after-school child care leader was convicted today of molesting two young boys during program hours while entrusted to care for them at an afterschool daycare program. Scott Andrew Christensen, 28, Rancho Santa Margarita, was found guilty by a jury of three felony counts of lewd acts on a child under the age of 14 years with sentencing enhancement allegations for substantial sexual conduct with a child and committing the sexual acts against more than one victim and mandatory lifetime sex registration. Christensen faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life in state prison for this case.
Christensen was previously convicted in 2008 of two felony counts of lewd acts on a child under the age of 14 years with a sentencing enhancement allegation of substantial sexual conduct with a child who was under 14 years old and faces 10 years in state prison for that case.
He faces a maximum sentence of 55 years to life in state prison for both cases and his sentencing is scheduled for June 1, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-37, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
Circumstances of the Case
At the time of the crimes, Christensen was a 6-year employee as a Child Care Leader at The Learning Connection (TLC), an after-school daycare program hosted by the Saddleback Valley Unified School District at elementary schools in Southern California.
On two occasions between Sept. 1, 2005, and Aug. 7, 2006, Christensen sexually assaulted John Doe #2 when he was 5 to 6 years old. He touched the victim’s buttocks and side of his penis while the students were watching a movie.
On one occasion between May 6, 2000, and Aug. 1, 2004, Christensen sat next to John Doe #3 during a movie while the lights were off. He grabbed John Doe #3’s wrist and put the victim’s hand down the front of the defendant’s pants, underneath his underwear.
On one occasion between Aug. 1, 2006, and Aug. 7, 2006, Christensen orally copulated 6-year-old John Doe #1 and had the victim orally copulate him while he was babysitting the victim at the victim’s home.
Christensen’s lifetime registration as a sex offender would bar him from entering County recreational areas and City parks which have passed the Sex Offender Ordinance.