|For Immediate Release
Case # 08HF2452
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
INTRAMURAL COACH CONVICTED OF MOLESTING THREE BOYS, AGES 11 TO 13, AND POSSESSING THOUSANDS OF IMAGES OF GRAPHIC
SANTA ANA – An intramural sports coach was convicted today of molesting three boys, ages 11 to 13, after befriending their families and spending time alone with the victims. The defendant was also convicted of being in possession of over 2,000 explicit pornographic images and videos of children. Cameron Joseph Baca, 29, San Clemente, was found guilty by a jury of nine felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, four felony counts of distribution of pornography to a minor, one felony count of attempted lewd acts on a child under 14, and one felony count of possession of child pornography. He faces a maximum sentence of 145 years to life in state prison at his sentencing on Sept. 17, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-28, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
Between Jan. 2, 2006, and Dec. 18, 2008, Baca molested three boys between the ages of 11 and 13 years old. The defendant met the victims while working as their intramural sports coach for football, lacrosse, and basketball in South Orange County. Baca befriended the families of the victims and groomed the boys by spending time with them, attending their sporting events that he was not coaching, buying them baseball cards, and inviting them to his home for meals and to do various work around the house.
Baca sexually assaulted the three victims including touching their penises and buttocks and engaging in oral copulation. The defendant also showed the victims pornography.
In December 2008, John Doe #1 disclosed the sexual assault against him to his family. Investigation by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department revealed that Baca also had two additional victims. In a subsequent search of Baca’s home, the defendant was found to be in possession of over 2,000 pornographic images of young children being raped and sodomized. He was also in possession on his computer of over 500 child pornography videos and more than 50 written stories describing adult men, including coaches and babysitters, having sex with young boys.
Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.