Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
SEX OFFENDER CONVICTED OF MOLESTING
5-YEAR-OLD BOY IN PUBLIC RESTROOM
SANTA ANA – A registered sex offender was convicted today of molesting a 5-year-old boy in a public restroom. Nicholas James Needham, 28, Laguna Beach, pleaded guilty today to one felony count each of lewd acts on a child under 14. He is expected to be sentenced to six years in prison at his sentencing March 5, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-5, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
At approximately 12:45 p.m. on June 15, 2010, Needham entered a men’s restroom at the Outlets at Orange (formerly known as the Block at Orange). A 5-year-old boy, John Doe, was using the urinal while his mother waited outside. Needham stood next to the victim, reached over, and touched the victim’s penis. The defendant then left the scene.
Needham and the victim did not know each other.
John Doe disclosed the sexual assault to his mother, who contacted the Orange Police Department (OPD). OPD investigated the case.
In a subsequent search of the defendant’s home, OPD officers discovered thousands of images and three videos of graphic, amateur child pornography featuring young boys from infancy to early teens.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Needham for the molestation and possession of child pornography. The U.S. Attorney’s Office later assumed the child pornography case, as the defendant’s maximum exposure if convicted would be greater than if prosecuted at the state level. That case is currently being prosecuted in federal court.
Deputy District Attorney Whitney Bokosky of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.