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Artesia man convicted in O.C. sexual assault, kidnapping case

September 7, 2011 |  6:24 pm

Alfredo Canchola An Artesia man was convicted Wednesday of kidnapping, attempting to kidnap and/or sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl and two other underage females in Orange County, authorities said.

Alfredo Granados Canchola, 29, was found guilty of five felony counts and a sentencing enhancement for committing a sexual offense against more than one victim, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

The crimes began on March 19, 2009, when Canchola convinced a 13-year-old Anaheim girl walking to school to get into his car, where he touched her thigh and tried to block her from getting out, prosecutors said. But the girl jumped out of the moving car and alerted police.

On May 19, 2009, Canchola forced a 16-year-old girl into his car and sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said. She was able to get away and reported the incident to an adult, who alerted police.

Prosecutors said Canchola tried to force the 10-year-old into his car as she rode her scooter near her home in unincorporated Anaheim on on Aug. 15, 2009. She ran into her home and told her father as Canchola fled the scene.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 28 at the Santa Ana courthouse.


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Photo: Alfredo Granados Canchola

Credit: Orange County district attorney's office