|For Immediate Release
Case # 09WF1803
April 27, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN CONVICTED OF KIDNAPPING AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTING 7-YEAR-OLD DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED GIRL
WESTMINSTER – A man was convicted today of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 7-year-old developmentally disabled girl. Daniel Vlas Flores, 30, Huntington Beach, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count each of sexual intercourse with a child 10 years old or younger, sodomy of a child 10 years old or younger, kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, and sexual penetration of a child 10 years old or younger. Flores faces a maximum sentence of 72 years to life in state prison at his sentencing June 6, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. in Department W-9, West Justice Center, Westminster.
On Aug. 19, 2009, 7-year-old Jane Doe was playing with an 8-year-old neighbor in a Huntington Beach apartment complex yard on the 7800 Block of Sycamore Avenue. Flores walked over to the children, told them that he needed someone to help him move furniture in his apartment, and asked Jane Doe to help him.
Flores pulled Jane Doe by the hand and ran with her to his nearby apartment while she repeatedly told him she did not want to go. He took her inside his apartment and sexually assaulted Jane Doe by raping, sodomizing, and digitally penetrating the victim.
Jane Doe’s 8-year-old friend became concerned when the victim didn’t return and went to look for her. The friend went to the apartment and was able to unlatch a sliding door and open it slightly. With the door open, Jane Doe was able to run out of the room and escape.
The victim told her mother about the sexual assault and the Huntington Beach Police Department arrested Flores that day. The defendant was further linked to the crime through DNA evidence.
Deputy District Attorney Eric Scarbrough of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.