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|Additional Molestation Charges To Be Filed Against Sylmar Resident|
|Written by San Fernando Sun/El Sol|
|Thursday, 29 August 2013 07:17|
The Los Angeles City District Attorney's office is expected to file additional molestation charges in the San Fernando courthouse today, Aug. 29, against a 47-year-old Sylmar resident.
Israel Sanchez was arrested on Aug. 22 by detectives and charged with Annoying a Child Under 14 Years. An LAPD spokesman said investigators would file charges for as many as four more victims, and continue are continuing their investigation to see if there are other victims as well.
Sanchez remains in custody in lieu of $5 million bail. According to detectives, Sanchez shares a Sylmar apartment with his mother, who provides babysitting services to local residents. It was there that special agents from the Homeland Security Investigations, part of the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) and located in Northridge, served a search warrant there and seized computers and cameras related to suspected child pornography.
The investigation was related to Internet transmissions of child pornography, which is a federal crime, investigators said. Detectives from LAPD's Mission Police Station became involved when the federal agents discovered evidence of at least two children being molested directly by Sanchez.
"We believe these children were clients of Sanchez's mother, who babysat for families in the neighborhood," said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Mission Detective Division, at the time of the arrest.
"What's more, we discovered Sanchez's room was rigged with cameras to record the molestation for distribution over the Internet."
Both victims' families are cooperating with investigators, but detectives think there could be other victims. Neither family had been aware their daughters had been touched.
The victim in the filed case is 18 months old. The other victim is 10 years old; her case is among those detectives have submitted to the District Attorney's office for prosecution.
The computers and cameras were examined forensically by HIS/DHS.
"We'll use their findings to identify victims, but in the meantime, if a family has used the babysitting services at the apartment or allowed their child contact with Sanchez, we'd like them to contact us," Vernon said.
Sanchez is an alien resident, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a hold on his immigration status. Sanchez has lived at the same apartment with his mother since 1995.
Anyone with information on this crime, English or Spanish is urged to call Det. Marc Madero, Mission Sex Unit, at (818) 838- 9969. Det. Madero is fluent in English and Spanish. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (CR- I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 07:20|