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Sex offender arrested for allegedly soliciting children at downtown L.A. housing complex

Lapdmug180 Los Angeles police detectives have arrested a known sex offender who allegedly solicited youngsters at the William Mead Homes project near downtown.

Marco Julio Gonzales, 41, of San Gabriel, was arrested Monday for annoying a child under 14 and soliciting an act of prostitution, both misdemeanor crimes.

“This man is a sex registrant for indecent exposure,” said Lt. Paul Vernon. “The one sole incident he’s charged with occurred at the William Mead Housing Project. There’s a good chance he’s been to other neighborhoods, too.”

Vernon released a photo of the man and asked anyone with information on other crimes involving him to contact the LAPD detectives.

Vernon said a mother first reported that a man had approached her 12-year-old daughter a year ago and offered the girl $100 for oral sex.

“The little girl was so innocent, she did not understand the euphemism the suspect used,” Vernon said.

Authorities were not able to identify the suspect until last week, when he was seen again. A resident saw the car, recognized the man and wrote down the license plate.

“It wasn’t a surprise he was a sex registrant,” Vernon said.

Gonzales was booked on an arrest warrant and released in lieu of $40,000 bail.

The alleged crimes were misdemeanors, so police needed to identify the suspect and get a warrant from a judge in order to make an arrest.

“Otherwise, police would have had to catch him in the act, or a witness would have had to apprehend him and make a private person’s arrest,” Vernon said. “It was probably better for Gonzales the police got him and not the residents.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact  Det. Josh Riggs at (213) 972-1235. During non-business hours, call (877) LAPD-24-7.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: LAPD

Comments () | Archives (8)

So where's the picture of the guy? Is her here legally? Really por reporting.

So, the author states in this article that a photo was released of the suspect, in order for people to report additional crimes he may have committed, and the photo is not included with the article so they can see him?? How did this get past an editor? Or, are Times so tough (pun intended) that there is no editor?


I agree with the people who first posted. Where's the picture of the guy?

What a sad state our coutry is in. Where a convitied sex offender can freely roam our neiborhoods and seek inocent children to prey on.
Only to be caught and then released to do this all over AGAIN AND AGAIN.

Wait til this happend to one of YOUR children.

Get the death penalty back on track and waste thise sick people. There is no cure but one.

Orange County Registrar confirms this guy is illegal and has been kicked out of the US previously!!

Deport him!

This person should be investigated for being an illegal alien. I doubt he came here legally

How come he is not being deported?


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