Santa Ana man accused of exposing himself to fifth girl
John Rodriguez, 20, of Santa Ana, pleaded not guilty last month to charges of attempted sexual battery, indecent exposure and child annoying. He is slated to be arraigned Friday morning on new charges of indecent exposure and child annoyance.
A 16-year-old girl came forward after seeing news reports on Rodriguez's arrest. During the Aug. 11 incident, he is accused of asking the alleged victim if she wanted a ride. The girl refused and kept walking. Rodriguez is then accused of driving his car up to the girl again and asking a question through the window and then exposing him. The girl then yelled and ran away toward a group of women crossing the street nearby. She reported the incident to the Santa Ana School District Police that day.
The defendant was previously charged with exposing himself to three minor girls and an 18-year-old female. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of five years and six months in custody and will be ordered to register as a sex offender. Rodriguez is being held on $200,000 bail. Investigators say Rodriguez drives a black 2009 Toyota Camry and works as a dental assistant at Western Dental located at 500 North Main St. in Santa Ana.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: John Rodriguez. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office