|For Immediate Release
Case # TBA
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY SEEKS PUBLIC’S HELP IN IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL NEW VICTIMS OF DRIVING INSTRUCTOR CHARGED
WITH CHILD ANNOYANCE
NEWPORT BEACH – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying potential additional victims of a driving instructor who is charged with making inappropriate sexual comments to two underage girls. Gholamreza Namdari, 55, Foothill Ranch, was charged late yesterday with two misdemeanor counts of child annoyance. If convicted, Namdari faces a maximum sentence of two years in jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned March 15, 2010, in Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach. The time and department are to be determined.
Child Annoyance of Jane Doe #1
On the afternoon of July 23, 2009, 16-year-old Jane Doe #1 arrived at her driving school in Laguna Hills to take lessons from Namdari. During the lesson, Namdari is accused of making several inappropriate statements to the victim about her appearance.
On the afternoon of July 27, 2009, during the driving lesson and after they arrived at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office on Moulton Parkway in Irvine, Namdari is accused of asking sexual questions about Jane Doe #1. The defendant is accused of instructing Jane Doe #1 where to drive and asking her to park the car in front of his house. He is accused of asking the victim if she wanted to go inside his home. After Jane Doe #1 refused and they drove away, Namdari is accused of touching the victim’s leg.
On Aug. 5, 2009, Namdari is accused of leaving Jane Doe #1 two messages with inappropriate sexual comments on her cellular phone. Five days later, Jane Doe #1 reported the incidents to the Irvine Police Department.
Child Annoyance of Jane Doe #2
On the afternoon of July 23, 2009, Namdari is accused of taking pictures of himself and 15-year-old Jane Doe #2 during her lesson while she was driving. He is accused of making inappropriate statements about her appearance.
On July 26, 2009, during Jane Doe #2’s second lesson, Namdari is accused of asking inappropriate sexual questions to the victim. He is accused of instructing Jane Doe #2 to drive to his house and asking her if she wanted to go inside. Jane Doe #2 told her mother what had happened and reported the incidents to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Carl Waddell at (714) 834-7538.
Deputy District Attorney Caroline Smith is prosecuting this case.