Scott Andrew Christensen, a former Saddleback Valley Unified School District childcare worker found guilty in 2008 of molesting a 6-year-old boy, can now add convictions for doing dirty deeds to a second 6-year-old boy and a third boy under 14. The Rancho Santa Margarita 28-year-old had been working as a child care leader with the school district's The Learning Connection (TLC) after-school daycare program for six years when he was first arrested, so keep your fingers crossed that those are the only victims out there.
Christensen, who has been locked up at Theo Lacy Facility in Orange for years, met the 6-year-olds while working at Melinda Heights Elementary in Rancho Santa Margarita. In 2006, one boy's parents hired him to babysit at their home, where Christiensen orally copulated the lad and had the 6-year-old do the same to him.
While Christensen was convicted of that crime in 2008, the jury deadlocked on whether on two occasions between Sept. 1, 2005, and Aug. 7, 2006, he touched the second 6-year-old's butt and penis while students watched a movie.
The District Attorney's office re-filed the counts related to those incidents while also asking more possible victims to come forward. That led to the discovery that some time between May 6, 2000, and Aug. 1, 2004, Christensen sat next to the third boy during a movie while the lights were off, grabbed the boy's wrist and put the boy's hand down the front of his pants, underneath his underwear.
A jury today found Christensen guilty of three felony counts of lewd acts on a child under the age of 14 years with sentencing enhancement allegations for substantial sexual conduct with a child and committing the sexual acts against more than one victim. He was previously convicted on two felony counts of lewd acts on a child under the age of 14 years with a sentencing enhancement allegation of substantial sexual conduct with a child who was under 14 years old.
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For the crimes against all three children, he faces up to 55 years in state prison and mandatory lifetime registration as a sex offender. Sentencing is June 1 in Santa Ana.