|For Immediate Release
Case # 10WF1619
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
STANTON MAN SENTENCED FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND ANNOYING 12-YEAR- OLD GIRL AT A PUBLIC LIBRARY
WESTMINSTER – A man was sentenced today for possessing child pornography and annoying a 12-year-old girl at the Stanton Public Library. Alejandro Lorenzo Contreras, 24, Stanton, pleaded guilty to a court offer Sept. 13, 2010, to one misdemeanor count of possession of child pornography and one misdemeanor count of child annoyance. The Orange County District Attorney’s office originally charged the child pornography count as a felony, but it was reduced to a misdemeanor by the court over the objection of the People. The People objected to the reduction to a misdemeanor, arguing that it should remain a felony because there are two victims in this case, Jane Doe and the unknown child depicted in the pornographic image. Contreras has been sentenced to one year in jail, three years of formal probation, and is required to register as a sex offender.
At approximately 4:00 p.m. on July 13, 2010, Contreras was at the Stanton Public Library near Katella Avenue and Beach Boulevard. The defendant made three young girls uncomfortable by following them around inside the library and the nearby Boys & Girls Club. The defendant also asked for a picture of 12-year-old Jane Doe to be sent to his phone.
The three girls immediately notified the librarian, who told the girls to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies arrived and arrested Contreras outside of the library. At the time of his arrest, the defendant was in possession of a pornographic photo depicting another child on his cell phone.
Deputy District Attorney Nikki Buracchio of the Sexual Assault Unit prosecuted this case.