Case # 14CF1874

Date: April 10, 2015

People v. Kevin Jonas Rojano-Nieto

The Parents of the toddler victim released the following statement:

“We would like to say thanks for the public’s concern regarding our case. However, the hardships brought about by this unfortunate event have already caused unspeakable amounts of pain and suffering to our family. While we understand that the public’s opinion is genuine and well-intended, the media outbreak is increasing the already unbearable burden of pain and suffering on our family. It is for this reason that we would like to kindly and respectfully request that the media help ease our suffering by respecting our privacy and directing any questions or concerns to the Office of the Orange County District Attorney. We are grateful for your understanding.”

The Orange County District Attorney’s Chief of Staff Susan Kang Schroeder released the following statement:

“We are asking the media to refrain from commenting on the relationship between the defendant and the victim or anything else that might identify the victim. This is a case where a 19-year-old man has been convicted of sodomizing a toddler. Any relationship a defendant may or may not have to his or her victim does not deduct from the seriousness or offensiveness of the assault.

Pursuant to Penal Code 293.5 of the California State Law, ‘(a) Except as provided in Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 1054) of Part 2 of Title 7, or for cases in which the alleged victim of a sex offense, as specified in subdivision (e) of Section 293, has not elected to exercise his or her right pursuant to Section 6254 of the Government Code, the court, at the request of the alleged victim, may order the identity of the alleged victim in all records and during all proceedings to be either Jane Doe or John Doe, if the court finds that such an order is reasonably necessary to protect the privacy of the person and will not unduly prejudice the prosecution or the defense…’