Case # 14CF3934
December 5, 2014
LAW ENFORCEMENT SEEKS PUBLIC’S HELP IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF MAN CHARGED WITH LURING MINOR BOYS INTO APARTMENT AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTING THEM
SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) are seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims of a man charged with luring multiple minor aged boys into his apartment and sexually assaulting them. Edwin Echeverria, 22, Santa Ana, is charged with 11 felony counts of lewd act upon a child under 14 and three felony counts of lewd acts upon a child with sentencing enhancements of committing the crime against more than one victim. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 275 years to life in state prison. The People will be requesting he be held on $1 million bail at his arraignment this afternoon in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
During the summer of 2012, Echeverria is accused of befriending over 10 boys in his neighborhood located on the 700 block of South Lyon Street in Santa Ana and committing sex acts against some of them.
A parent of one of the victims reported the crime to SAPD, who investigated this case. Further investigation led to the discovery of five additional victims. SAPD arrested the defendant on Dec. 3, 2014.
The investigation in this case is ongoing. Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Kelly Core at (714) 347-8794 or SAPD Family Crimes detectives at (714) 245-8542.
Deputy District Attorney Whitney Bokosky of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.