|For Immediate Release
Case # 12WF3054
November 14, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
LAW ENFORCEMENT SEEKS PUBLIC’S HELP IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF
75-YEAR-OLD MAN CHARGED WITH MOLESTING YOUNG FEMALE RELATIVE
WESTMINSTER – A 75-year-old man has been charged with molesting a young female relative in his furniture store while out of view of other family members. Jaime Gonzalez, 75, La Verne, is charged with one felony count of lewd acts on a child and faces a maximum sentence of eight years in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration if convicted. He is being held on $500,000 bail and is scheduled for arraignment this afternoon, Nov. 14, 2012, in Department W-11, West Justice Center, Westminster.
The defendant owns a furniture shop in Fountain Valley. On Nov. 4, 2012, several of the defendant’s family members were visiting the shop, including Jane Doe, a female relative under the age of 14 years old. The defendant is accused of leading Jane Doe out of view of her family to a secluded area of the shop and molesting her. Jane Doe immediately told her family about the incident.
The victim’s family reported the sexual assault to the Fountain Valley Police Department (FVPD), who investigated this case.
Gonzalez is believed to have lived in Corpus Christie, Texas and Covina and La Verne, CA.
If convicted, Gonzalez’s lifetime sex offender registration will bar him from entering County recreational areas and city parks which have passed the Sex Offender Ordinance. Visit www.orangecountyda.com to read the prior press releases on the County’s Sex Offender Ordinance as well as the 14 other cities that have enacted the Child Safety Zone Ordinance including Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, La Habra, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.
Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact FVPD Jesse Hughes at (714) 593-4480 or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794.
Deputy District Attorney Vanessa Woods of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.