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Cypress man arraigned on child-molestation charges

June 13, 2011 |  2:30 pm

Bmx A bicycle motocross coach was to be arraigned on charges he sexually assaulted three boys in his Cypress neighborhood and exchanged thousands of images of child pornography over the Internet.

Mandak Kohn Griffin, 30, faces multiple felony molestation charges, including sodomy on a child younger than 10 and using a minor for the production of obscene material.

Prosecutors planned to ask for a $1-million bail at his court hearing Monday in Westminster.

While investigating a tip that Griffin was exchanging online pornographic images of children, authorities discovered the alleged molestations dating back to 2000, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.

Prosecutors say Griffin lured the boys, ages 7 to 9, to his home repeatedly with swimming parties and a trip to a monster truck rally.

On multiple occasions, he would single out one boy and get him alone in a room, where he molested the youngster, authorities said.

Griffin gained access to the children by befriending their relatives, prosecutors said. If convicted, Griffin faces a maximum sentence of 85 years to life in state prison.

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Photo: Mandak Kohn Griffin booking photo. Courtesy of: KTLA-TV

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