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Man charged with molesting two girls he met at Anaheim church

November 16, 2011 |  1:00 pm

Photo: David Elifar Verduzco. Credit: Tustin Police DepartmentA Santa Ana man has been charged with sexually assaulting two girls, ages 9 and 12, after meeting them at an Anaheim church and offering to provide them keyboard lessons.

David Elifar Verduzco was a parishioner of Agape House of Prayer in Anaheim when he met the two alleged victims' families. During the keyboard lessons this year, he is accused of kissing one girl on the cheek and inappropriately touching the victim's thigh.

He also allegedly sent the second girl inappropriate text messages.

After befriending the 9-year-old's family in August, Verduzco escalated his acts, prosecutors said. While babysitting the girl and two other girls while her parents were at the hospital, Verduzco allegedly molested the girl in her bed.

Verduzco, 32, has been charged with one felony count each of sexual penetration with a child 10 years or younger, lewd acts upon a child younger than 14 and child annoyance in the case of the 9-year-old girl.

He is charged with two felony counts of lewd acts upon a child younger than 14 for molesting the 12-year-old on another occasion.

Orange County prosecutors also charged him with sentencing enhancements for substantial sexual conduct with a child and lewd acts on multiple children, which means that if convicted, he would face a maximum of 60 years to life in state prison.

Verduzco was being held on $1-million bail and is expected to appear in court Dec. 9 for a continued arraignment in Santa Ana.


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Photo: David Elifar Verduzco

Credit: Tustin Police Department