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Orange County man convicted of having sex with, supplying marijuana to 12-year-old girl

6a00d8341c630a53ef0133f322ac76970b-250wi A Santa Ana man has been convicted of having sex with a 12-year-old girl he met while playing basketball at a high school.

Neftali Pena Procopio, 32, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 and a felony count of furnishing marijuana to a minor, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Procopio met the girl Aug. 16, 2010, on the campus of Santa Ana High School, where he was playing basketball. He persuaded her to sneak out of her home to meet him that night, according to a statement from the district attorney.

The crimes took place in Procopio’s parked car. A Santa Ana Police Department officer discovered them after noticing that the car’s windows were fogged up. A discarded condom was found outside.

Procopio was arrested at the scene and the girl was taken home to her parents, who did not realize she had left the house.

Procopio faces a maximum of 11 years and 8 months in prison when sentenced April 1.


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Photo: Neftali Procopio. Credit: Santa Ana Police Department

Comments () | Archives (18)

If we would just legalize marijuana this would have never happened

I'm sure he would eventually be headed to Mexico with her had he not been caught. What is it with a culture that seems to encourage sex between adults and 12 year olds? Half the runaways are usually found with their boyfriend, home boy in Mexico.

Lawrence Taylor got a slap on the wrist.Well....well.

Viva LaRaza

What's his immigration status?

An adult can not "have sex with" a 12-year old. It is rape. I sure wish reporters would start getting this right.

Marijuana has nothing to do with this case or article. Sure maybe he offered or lured the girl with it, but that is irrelevant to the fact of his motive. If not her with marijuana, than another preteen with something else.

None about Caesar trust but Proculeius.

Neftali Pena Procopio, 32,
illegal aliens living in Santa Ana. This is their culture.
Seal the Border!

illegal alien ?

Is he legal?

This reeks of Roman Polanski and the usual LA/Hollywood favoritism. Why isn't Polanski facing 11yrs in the clink for his rape of a 13 yr old?

Food for thought: Instead of having the sex-weed situation with this man, what if this girl had committed some horrible crime? In the eyes of many people, including many legal systems, she would suddenly morph into an adult.

What a UGLY man!

ROMAN POLANSKI has the legal team and funds to fight it....How FAIR is the justice system and the victim who refuses to do the right thing for all kids. Justice system needs to apply the law evenly and fairly!!!

Why is anyone asking about his legal status? Or making assumptions he's Mexican? This is about a man who broke the law! And, the law needs to be judicious and protect society from this loser.

He should have gotten life is there an ave limit in mexico culcure clash

too bad no picture of the girl.

I find it quite interesting that this story has generated so many comments about this con's supposed ethnic backround/immigration status. I also find it ridiculous that many of you seem to believe that ALL latinos engage in this disgusting behavior. I seem to recall a story that's just a few pages back from this post about a Caucasian man from the city of Irvine that was arrested for having sex with a 15 year old girl. Interestingly enough, there was only about 3 comments on that post. Point is, these creeps come in all races.


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