This week starts with a prison sentence for a man who impregnated his live-in girlfriend's teen daughter.
Next come two arrests.
One is a volleyball coach accused of sending lewd photos of himself to an underage girl.
The other allegedly tried to meet underage girls through social media—but was undone by a police sting.
Isidro Medrano Garcia is the 42-year-old Bell Gardens man sentenced to four years and four months in state prison last week. He also has to register as a sex offender for life. Garcia had been found guilty by a jury on March 4 of three felony counts of lewd acts on a minor. The jury acquitted Garcia on a felony count of kidnapping to commit a sexual offense and hung on a felony count of forcible rape, which the court dismissed at the request of the district attorney's office.
Garcia's victim, whom he had impregnated, testified during the trial. Her story:
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In February 2004, Garcia was introduced to her by her mother. In June 2004, Garcia groomed the then 15-year-old by buying her gifts and taking her side when she and her mother argued. Between June and August of 2004, he touched her buttocks and kissed her on the mouth. He sexually assaulted her on three separate occasions and forcibly raped her at least once in the residence where they all lived together. In August 2004, a mutual domestic violence incident between her mother and Garcia was reported to the Santa Ana Police Department, but a case could not be proven at that time. Shortly thereafter, he kidnapped the girl, taking her to a house in Compton and holding her there against her will. He subsequently gave her paperwork with a false identity. Between August 2004 and April 2014, Garcia controlled her by claiming her family did not want her and was not looking for her. He told her she would get in trouble for using a flase identity if she called the police on him. He kept a close eye on her, even getting her a job where he worked and not letting her out of his sight. In 2010, Garcia got her pregnant. (The child is currently in her custody.) In April 2014, the girl contacted her sister on Facebook. After meeting with her mother and sister, she identified herself to the Bell Gardens Police Department, who in turn contacted Santa Ana police on May 18, 2014. Garcia was arrested after an investigation.
Troy Linehan Crutchfield, who coaches volleyball throughout Orange County, was arrested at his Costa Mesa home Wednesday on suspicion of sending lewd videos of himself to an underage girl. Orange County sheriff's Lt. Mark Stichter said Crutchfield met the girl online, but the sheriff's spokesman did not reveal her age. Someone had contacted the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force alleging the girl was having inappropriate conversations with a grown man online. That led to Crutchfield being identified as a suspect and a search warrant being served at his home. After his arrest, he was booked into Orange County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. Stichter says investigators fear there may be more victims because Crutchfield has worked or volunteered as a volleyball coach at Cal State Long Beach, SCA Club Volleyball in Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach High School and Long Beach City College. The 26-year-old also provides private volleyball lessons. Anyone with information about the suspect, who was being held on $100,000 bail, is asked to call Orange County Sheriff’s Investigator S. Longnecker at (714) 972-4185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moonjun Kim, who is also 26, is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, confessing to lewd conduct with other underage girls and of meeting to have sex with a 14-year-old girl who turned out to be an older undercover cop. The investigation began in March, when the Anaheim Police Department received the report about the 13-year-old girl, who'd met Kim through the text messaging application Friends Talk. He ultimately met her at an Irvine mall and drove her to a residence in Orange County where he had sex with her, according to police. Detectives decided to create a Friends Talk profile for a fictitious 14-year-old girl, who soon received several photographs of Kim's penis and an offer to meet him for sex, police say. On March 29, Kim drove to Chaparral Park in Anaheim to meet the girl, according to police, but he was instead arrested without incident on suspicion of lewd acts with a child 14 or under, luring of a child with intent to commit specified crime, meeting a minor to commit lewd conduct and distributing, pornography to a minor with intent to engage in sexual conduct. Police say Kim brought with him a bag filled with sex toys, condoms and lubricants. He also had professional still and video recording equipment. Kim subsequently admitted he came to Anaheim with the specific intent of meeting the girl to have sexual intercourse and to video record the encounter, police say. Kim also admitted he has engaged in similar encounters with females he knows to be under age, cops add. He is claimed to have always used the profile names "MJ" or "Jun" to hook up with underage girls via Friends Talk, LINE, We Talk, Kakao Talk, Facebook and Skype. He was held in Orange County Jail in lieu of $300,000. If you are a victim or know someone who is, contact Orange County Crime Stoppers, even anonymously, at 855.847.6227 (855-TIP-OCCS), via occrimestoppers.org or by texting to 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) from a cell phone. (All text messages should begin with the letters "OCCS.")