Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
FORMER FUGITIVE TO BE ARRAIGNED ON CHARGES OF MOLESTING 9-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND THREATENING TO KILL HER 15-YEAR-OLD SISTER IN LATE NIGHT HOME BREAK-IN
SANTA ANA – A fugitive sought by the Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) and Orange Police Department (OPD) turned himself in today on charges of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl and threatening to kill her 15-year-old sister after breaking into their home in the middle of the night through a bedroom window. Ernesto Parraguirre, 20, Anaheim, is charged with one felony count each of sexual penetration of a child 10 years or younger, lewd acts on a child under 14, criminal threats, and a sentencing enhancement allegation for committing a sexual offense in the commission of a residential burglary. If convicted on all counts, he faces a minimum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison. Parraguirre is in custody on $1 million bail and is expected to be arraigned Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
At approximately 5:00 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2009, Parraguirre is accused of breaking into a home in Orange by removing a screen and climbing through a bedroom window. He is accused of entering the bedroom, where 9-year-old Jane Doe #1 was sleeping with her sister, 15-year-old Jane Doe #2. The victims do not know the defendant. The victims’ parent was sleeping in a nearby bedroom. Parraguirre is accused of getting into the bed with Jane Doe #1 and sexually assaulting her. Jane Doe #1 woke up and began to cry, waking her sister. Parraguirre is accused of threatening to kill Jane Doe #2 if she said anything. The defendant then fled the scene.
The defendant is accused of fleeing to Mexico to avoid prosecution. On Sept. 25, 2009, OCDA and OPD released a press release seeking the public’s help in locating the defendant. Parraguirre turned himself in today, Feb. 10, 2010, to OPD.
Anyone who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Orange Police Detective Jeremy Smith at
(714)744-7444 or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Randy Litwin at (714) 347-8794.
Deputy District Attorney Robert Mestman of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.