Man accused of groping girl in park restroom could face life term
A man who allegedly followed a 13-year-old girl and her 7-year-old sister into a park bathroom and fondled one of them was charged Monday with multiple counts of committing lewd acts on a child, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
Frank Zsemlye, 27, allegedly followed the girls into the women’s restroom at Modjeska Park in Anaheim on July 19 and pulled the 13-year-old girl into a stall. He is accused of then covering her mouth as he groped various parts of her body over her clothes, according to a statement.
When the victim screamed, Zsemlye allegedly attempted to flee. Bystanders chased him down, called 911 and flagged a police car, the statement said. Zsemlye was arrested near the park by officers from the Anaheim Police Department.
Zsemlye has been charged with one count of lewd acts on a child under 14, one count of forcible lewd acts on a child under 14 and one count of assault on a minor with the intent to commit lewd acts on a child under 14, with a sentencing enhancement allegation for child molestation committed in the commission of a burglary.
The Orange County district attorney’s office has asked the bail amount to be set at $1 million when Zsemyle is arraigned at Central Jail in Santa Ana, the release said. If convicted, Zsemlye could face from 15 years to a possible life in state prison, according to the statement from the D.A.'s office.
-- Frank Shyong
Photo: Frank Zsemlye's booking photo. Credit: The Orange County district attorney's office.