LAW ENFORCEMENT SEEKING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF FOUR MEN CHARGED WITH LEWD ACTS ON 13-YEAR-OLD ORANGE COUNTY GIRL THEY

April 19, 2018

Case # 18WF0607

Contact:

Officer Angela Bennett

Public Information Officer

Huntington Beach Police Department

Susan Kang Schroeder

Chief of Staff

Orange County District Attorney

Michelle Van Der Linden

Spokesperson

Orange County District Attorney

Office:

714-375-5009

714-347-8408

714-347-8405

Cell:

714-907-3974

714-292-2718

714-323-4486

 


 

LAW ENFORCEMENT SEEKING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF FOUR MEN CHARGED WITH LEWD ACTS ON 13-YEAR-OLD ORANGE COUNTY GIRL THEY MET ONLINE

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Law enforcement is seeking potential additional victims of four men charged with committing lewd acts on a 13-year-old Orange County girl they met online.

Defendant

Charges

Maximum Sentence

Court Date

Sohrab Anaraki, 33, Topanga


Charged on March 13, 2018, with the following felony counts:

  • (6) Lewd acts on a child under 14
  • Meeting a minor to commit lewd conduct
  • Luring child to commit specified crime

    Sentencing Enhancement

  • Substantial sexual conduct with a child

20 years in state prison

Pre-trial Hearing

April 27, 2018, 8:30 a.m

Department W-1, West Justice Center, Westminster

Dwight Nicholas Castaldi, 42, Palm Gardens, Florida


  • (4) Lewd acts on a child under 14
  • Luring child to commit specified crime

    Sentencing Enhancement

  • Substantial sexual conduct with a child

15 years in state prison

Arraignment

May 4, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

Department CJ-1, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Christian Reid Palmer, 27, Sacramento


  • (7) Lewd acts on a child under 14
  • Meeting a minor to commit lewd conduct
  • Luring child to commit specified crime

Sentencing Enhancement

  • Substantial sexual conduct with a child

22 years in state prison

Pre-trial Hearing

April 27, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

Department W-1, West Justice Center, Westminster

Bradley Thomas Williams, 34, Dana Point

  • (3) Lewd acts on a child under 14
  • Meeting a minor to commit lewd conduct

    Sentencing Enhancement

  • Substantial sexual conduct with a child

13 years in state prison

Pre-trial Hearing

April 27, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

Department W-1, West Justice Center, Westminster

Circumstances of the Case

  • On Sept. 13, 2016, detectives from the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) began an investigation into four adult males accused of communicating online with a minor victim, 13-year-old Jane Doe.
  • The defendants, who do not know each other, are accused of utilizing multiple social media platforms under false names to communicate with the victim between 2015 and 2016.
  • Three of the males are accused of traveling to Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley and engaging in sexual activity with Jane Doe.
  • On Jan. 18, 2018, after an extensive investigation, HBPD arrested Williams and Anaraki.
  • On Jan. 21, 2018, HBPD and Sacramento Police Department arrested Palmer.
  • On March 22, 2018, detectives from the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department took Castaldi into custody.
  • On April 16, 2018, HBPD extradited Castaldi back to California.

OCDA and HBPD believe there may be additional victims who might have been contacted or solicited online by these suspects. If you have further information or know of potential victims, please contact the Huntington Beach Police Information Hotline at 714-375-5066.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the WeTip Anonymous Crime Reporting Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Duke, Sexual Assault Unit