|For Immediate Release
Case # 13HF1479 May 8, 2013
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN TO FACE TRIAL FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING SIX AND SEVEN-YEAR-OLD GIRLS
SANTA ANA – A man is facing trial today for sexually assaulting a six and seven-year-old girl. German Bravo DeJesus, 34, Lake Forest, is charged with three felony counts of lewd acts with a minor under 14 and sentencing enhancement allegations for multiple victims and substantial sexual conduct with a child. If convicted, DeJesus faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration. Opening statements are scheduled to begin today in Department C-41, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
On Jan. 17, 2009, 7-year-old Jane Doe #1 went to Palm Terrace Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Laguna Woods to visit a family member. She was in the waiting room with another relative close to her age. DeJesus, who worked at the facility, is accused of approaching and asking Jane Doe #1 her name. He is accused of then touching her vagina over her clothes and walking away. A short time later, DeJesus is accused of returning to the waiting room, approaching Jane Doe #1, and again touching her vagina over her clothes and fleeing the scene.
On the night of July 8, 2011, 6-year-old Jane Doe #2 was at the Grand Park in Aliso Viejo for a movie night. DeJesus is accused of approaching Jane Doe #2, who was playing with a relative just 10 feet from her father, and asking her name. He is accused of putting his hand down her pants and touching her vagina. The defendant is accused of then fleeing the scene. Jane Doe #2 immediately told her father and the police were contacted. Shortly thereafter, an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy arrested DeJesus on his bike riding away from the park.
If convicted, DeJesus’ 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.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.