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Felon deported to Mexico arrested in molestation of Santa Ana girl, 11

May 18, 2010 |  9:40 pm

A convicted felon who was deported to Mexico in 2007 has been arrested for allegedly molesting an 11-year-old girl in Santa Ana, police said Tuesday night.

Roberto Jacobo Reyes, 47, was being held without bail on suspicion of assaulting the girl after he entered her home through a window, the Santa Ana Police Department said.

Reyes was linked to the Feb. 11 attack by DNA evidence found on the window and on the girl, Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

During questioning, Reyes allegedly told detectives that he had assaulted at least four other females, ages 11 to 22, while they slept, according to Bertagna.

"His M.O. was to break into unsecured windows or unsecured doors," Bertagna said of the crimes, which began in late 2009.

Reyes was deported after serving three years of a five-year prison sentence for burglary, according to Bertagna.

Police have turned over their evidence to the Orange County district attorney.

-- Robert J. Lopez