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Man accused of raping disabled 7-year-old girl on trial

A Huntington Beach man is on trial accused of sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled 7-year-old girl.

Daniel Vlas Flores, 30, is charged with a felony count each of kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, sexual penetration, sexual intercourse and sodomy of a child 10 or younger, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. He faces life in state prison if convicted.

The opening statement for Flores' defense began Thursday morning at the West Justice Center in Westminster, the Huntington Beach Independent reported.

The girl was playing with her 8-year-old neighbor and a babysitter on Aug. 19, 2009, in the 7800 block of Sycamore Avenue, when Flores walked up to the children while the babysitter wasn't looking, prosecutors said.

Flores told the girls he needed to move furniture in his apartment and wanted the 7-year-old to help him, prosecutors said.

Though the girl told him she didn't want to go, Flores allegedly pulled her by the hand and walked her to his nearby apartment.

He then raped and sodomized the girl inside his apartment, according to prosecutors.

Concerned her friend hadn't returned, the girl's 8-year-old neighbor walked up to Flores' apartment and was able to unlatch a sliding door and slightly open it.

The girl escaped and told her mother about the incident. Flores was arrested that day by the Huntington Beach Police Department.


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