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O.C. man guilty of breaking into girls' bedrooms, molesting them

November 15, 2012 |  2:32 pm

Photo: Roberto Jacobo Reyes. Credit: Orange County district attorney's officeAn Orange County man was convicted Thursday of breaking into the bedrooms of girls living in Santa Ana and touching and fondling them as they slept, prosecutors said.

Robert Jacobo Reyes, 49, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of a forcible lewd act on a child younger than 14, two felony counts of lewd acts upon a child younger than 13 and three felony counts of first-degree residential burglary, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.

Prosecutors said Reyes -- who had previously been convicted of burglary and was deported to Mexico --  is set to be sentenced in January and faces a maximum penalty of 194 years in prison.

His victims, prosecutors said, ranged in age from 7 to 22.

In the early morning hours of Jan. 11, 2009, prosecutors said, Reyes broke into the home of a 7-year-old girl through a rear window. Prosecutors said Reyes woke the girl by tickling her and tugging on her blanket. She began to scream and kicked him, and he fled through an open window. 

On July 12, 2009, also in the early morning, prosecutors said, Reyes reached through an open window and touched the foot of a 22-year-old woman as she slept with her boyfriend. She screamed and he fled.

On Oct. 25, 2009, prosecutors said, Reyes sneaked through a bedroom window of a 19-year-old woman. He woke her by stroking her thighs and arms. She kicked Reyes, who fled through the open window.

He broke into the home of a 13-year-old girl on Jan. 24, 2010, prosecutors said, and rubbed the side of the girl's body while she slept. The girl woke up and started screaming.

And on Feb. 19, 2010, prosecutors said, Reyes entered the bedroom of an 11-year-old girl through a window. The girl woke up as he fondled her, prosecutors said, and he held his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams. She was able to escape by pushing and kicking Reyes, who fled through the open window. The girl immediately told a relative, who called authorities.

At the scene of the most recent incident, authorities said they were able to collect a DNA sample and link it to  Reyes. He had previously submitted a sample as a result of a 2003 burglary conviction. He had been sentenced to four years in state prison before his deportation to Mexico.

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-- Rick Rojas

Photo: Roberto Jacobo Reyes. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office

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