Call it the curse of the 27-year-olds.
A 27-year-old Anaheim man is going to prison for a long time for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl and threatening to kill her 15-year-old sister.
A 27-year-old Fullerton man could earn a lengthy sentence himself for getting a 13-year-old girl drunk and sexually assaulting her.
Ernesto Parraguirre, who has a lengthy criminal record dating back to his juvenile years, was sentenced Friday to 25 years to life in state prison for the Sept. 16, 2009, attack. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life and pay restitution. Parraguirre had apparently seen and become attracted to the 15-year-old girl, so he removed a screen and climbed through a bedroom window of her Orange home about 5 a.m. He thought he had entered the teen's bedroom, but it was actually the room of the sleeping 9-year-old, who he sexually assaulted anyway. She woke up and cried out, alerting her sister, who came into the room to help her. That's when Parraguirre put his hands around the older girl's neck and threatened to choke her out if she said anything. He then fled ... to Mexico. The Orange Police Department and Orange County District Attorney's office issued a press release on Sept. 25, 2009, seeking the public's help in finding Parraguirre, who turned himself in to police on Feb. 10, 2010.
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He was convicted Nov. 18 of felony digital penetration of a child 10 years or younger, lewd acts on a minor, criminal threats, burglary and assault with intent to commit a sex offense. Before Orange County Superior Court Judge Cheri Pham handed down Parraguirre's sentence Friday, she heard impact statements from the victims. "After the incident I had difficulty sleeping at night," one said. "It took awhile to sleep well and it wasn't until my mom bought a dog for me for therapy." Said the other: "I would be scared something would happen again. I couldn't watch TV and see a crime against a female because it would remind me of what happened to me." Judge Pham gave Parraguirre 2,643 days of credit for time served behind bars awaiting trial but denied his request to have his attorney dismissed from the case. That lawyer, Raul Ramirez, had argued at trial that authorities got the wrong man. Prosecutor Kristin Bracic countered that Parraguirre's fingerprint was on a window screen, and though neither victim said they'd seen him before the attack, the 15-year-old girl identified him in a photo lineup.
Jonathan Floresgarcia, 27, was found guilty Friday of four felony counts of committing lewd acts on a minor as well as misdemeanor furnishing alcohol to a minor. He is scheduled to learn his sentence today. He met the then-12-year-old girl last September at the apartment complex they both resided in and started "grooming" her, according to Fullerton Police Sgt. Kathryn Hamel. They got together Sept. 27 at a park, where she was given alcohol, and then they went back to his apartment, Hamel said. A concerned neighbor spotted them and called the girl's father, who set off looking for her, Hamel said. The dad caught them together, confronted him and called police, who arrived to arrest Floresgarcia, Hamel said.