Anaheim man to be arraigned on suspicion of molesting 2 boys
A 37-year-old man is scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning on charges he sexually assaulted two boys, ages 9 to 11, and had child pornography in his possession, the Orange County district attorney's office said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
Oscar Manuel Vaquera of Anaheim was arrested March 1 after Anaheim police officers searched his home as part of an ongoing child pornography investigation that began in 2011. Police discovered graphic child pornography on Vaquera’s computer, as well as commercial and amateur child pornography images featuring young boys.
Two alleged incidents of sexual assault, which went unreported at the time, were also discovered in the course of the investigation, prosecutors said.
The first alleged incident occurred in 2007, when prosecutors say Vaquera was living in a bedroom of an Anaheim home with other unrelated residents. He is accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy. The victim, who was visiting a family member overnight, was allegedly touched in the groin area and videotaped while sleeping.
The second case occurred between 2009 and 2011, when Vaquera allegedly touched another child under 11 years old, this time taping the sexual assault while the victim was awake.
Vaquera is also accused of “drilling a hole from his closet into the bathroom and surreptitiously photographing and video-recording young boys as they used the restroom and showered,” according to the district attorney's statement.
Vaquera faces three felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, two counts of possession of child pornography and one felony count of distributing child pornography. He also faces allegations of substantial sexual conduct with a child and lewd acts against more than one victim.
He is being held on $1-million bail at Santa Ana Central Jail. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life in state prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender.
-- Rosanna Xia