|For Immediate Release
August 10, 2011
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN CHARGED WITH BREAKING INTO FORMER NEIGHBOR’S HOME THROUGH BEDROOM WINDOW AND GETTING IN BED WITH 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL
WESTMINSTER – A man has been charged with breaking into the home of his former neighbor through a bedroom window and climbing into bed with a 10-year-old girl. Cesar Sotelo, 22, Stanton, is charged with one felony count of first degree residential burglary with the intent to commit a sexual offense and an allegation for a non-accomplice present during a residential burglary. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of six years in state prison. The People will be requesting Sotelo be held on $1 million bail at his arraignment today, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in Department W-14 or W-15, West Justice Center, Westminster.
At approximately 3:00 a.m. on Aug. 7, 2011, Sotelo is accused of breaking into the home of his former neighbor in Stanton. He is accused of crawling through a window into a bedroom, which 10-year-old Jane Doe shared with her brother. Sotelo is accused of then climbing in to Jane Doe’s bed while the two children slept.
Jane Doe awoke and Sotelo is accused of offering her $25, wrapping his arms around her, and touching her leg over her clothing. The victim began to struggle, waking her brother, who ran from the room to get their father. Jane Doe’s father ran in to the bedroom and grabbed the defendant, who is accused of struggling to get away and fleeing out through the same bedroom window.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and investigated this case. Sotelo was located and arrested two days later. The investigation is ongoing.
Deputy District Nagy Morcos of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.