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

March 25, 2011 |  5:55 pm

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

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