Child Predator Who Molested 7YO & 9YO Girls Fights Convictions
A seven-year-old girl walking her dog with friends in her Santa Ana neighborhood answered questions from a man she'd never met.
The other children ran off with the dog and the man, Hernan Castro, lured her inside his house, molested her and put money in her underwear while telling her not to tell anyone about the incident.
Six years earlier, Castro lured another girl, 9, inside his garage, fondled her and stuck his tongue in her mouth.
On a separate date, he drove the same girl to a grocery store, fondled her and asked her to play with his genitals.
Eventually parents contacted police and the Orange County District Attorney's office won multiple convictions stemming from all three incidents at a 2011 jury trial.
Castro appealed, claiming in part that his kidnapping conviction wasn't deserved.
On July 31, the California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana upheld the kidnapping charges because Castro used happy talk about the girl's dog to lure her inside in execution of his plan to commit lewd acts.
Upshot: Castro, 69, will continue to serve his 30 years to life sentence inside the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Orange County, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.