Fugitive Wanted in Sexual Assault of 9-Year-Old Girl Turns Himself In

A 20-year-old Anaheim man turned himself in today to Orange Police seeking him for allegedly sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl and threatening to kill her 15-year-old sister. Ernesto Parraguirre, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail, is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Santa Ana.

He is charged with one felony count each of sexual penetration of a child 10 years or younger, lewd acts on a child under 14, criminal threats, and a sentencing enhancement allegation for committing a sexual offense in the commission of a residential burglary. Parraguirre faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted on all counts.

According to the Orange County District Attorney's Office and the Orange Police Department, the 20-year-old broke into an Orange home around 5 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2009, by removing a screen and climbing through a bedroom window. He allegedly entered a bedroom where the girls he did not know were sleeping, while their parents slept in another bedroom.

Parraguirre is accused of getting into the bed with the 9-year-old and sexually assaulting her. She awoke and began to cry, waking her sister. The suspect allegedly threatened to kill the older girl if she said anything. He then fled the home, according to authorities.

On Sept. 25, 2009, the law enforcement agencies released a press release seeking the public's help in locating Parraguirre, who was believed to have fled to Mexico. As they did at that time, the agencies today encouraged anyone who believes they were victimized by the suspect to  contact Orange Police Detective Jeremy Smith at (714) 744-7444 or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Randy Litwin at (714) 347-8794.

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