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O.C. child care worker convicted of molesting two boys

An after-school child care leader in the Saddleback Unified School District was convicted Thursday of molesting two young boys between 2000 and 2006.

Scott Andrew Christensen, 28, of Rancho Santa Margarita was found guilty by a jury of three felony counts of lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, with sentencing enhancements.

Christensen previously was convicted in 2008 of two felony counts of lewd acts on a child under the age of 14. He faces a maximum sentence of 55 years to life in state prison for both cases at sentencing June 1.

Christensen was a six-year employee as a child care leader at the Learning Connection, an after-school daycare program held at elementary schools by the Saddleback Valley Unified School District.

Between Sept. 1, 2005, and Aug. 7, 2006, Christensen sexually assaulted one child, who was 5 to 6 years old, as other students were watching a movie.

On another occasion between May 6, 2000, and Aug. 1, 2004, Christensen sat next to another child during a movie and put the victim's hand down the front of his pants, underneath his underwear.

Christensen previously was convicted of orally copulating a 6-year-old boy while babysitting him in August 2006.

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