Over the Labor Day weekend, Riverside police began searching for a man after a six-year-old girl claimed she was sexually assaulted by the man, whom she let into the home. According to one news report at ABC 7, police were called to a home near an elementary school in the 5400 block of Picker Street at approximately 6:30 a.m. on September 6th.
The girl’s mother said that the man came up to her daughter’s window and woke her up, telling the girl he had a surprise for her mother, whose birthday is this month. The girl told her mother that once she let the man inside the house, he touched her. The girl was told by the man to change her clothes, at which point he began touching her over the clothing according to the girl. News reports say the man fled the home quickly when the girl began to panic.
A news report at KTLA 5 stated the girl got away from the suspect and was trying to go notify her parents when the man left and fled in a pickup truck. The little girl said she did not know the man, however she described him to a sketch artist as having a thin build, dark hair, and in his late 50’s. He is thought to be about 5′ 7″ tall, and may be Hispanic as the victim said he had an accent. She also described his left eye as being “droopy.”
Police released a composite sketch of the suspect in an effort to get help from the public in capturing the man. Cynthia Ramirez, the girl’s mother, said that she thanked God and that it could have been worse.
Sexual assault of a child younger than 14 may include inappropriate touching, even over clothing. This is considered a lewd act, and can leave the alleged offender facing three, six, or eight years in prison. For many who are accused of sexual assault, the requirement to register as a sex offender for life is the most severe consequence. Sex crimes are punished extremely harshly; unfortunately, many innocent people are in prison today in Los Angeles and across the country, serving time for crimes they did not commit.
Children are sexually abused, there is no doubt about it. However, it is not uncommon for children to make up stories when coerced by adults who are out for revenge. Sex crimes are some of the most difficult to prosecute and defend, depending on the specifics of each case, physical evidence, and other factors.
Anyone accused of a sex crime whether child molestation, rape, prostitution, or possession of pornography must consult with a Los Angeles sex crime defense lawyer immediately. Your legal rights and freedom must be protected in the early stages, and a solid defense strategy developed in order to secure positive results.