Man charged with molesting two girls he met at Anaheim church
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.
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.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: David Elifar Verduzco
Credit: Tustin Police Department