[UPDATED with Conviction:] Ruben Rodriguez, Who Flashed Teen Girls Walking to High Schools, Also Guilty of Ugliest Police Mugshot of the Week
UPDATE, AUG. 26, 10:10 A.M.: With a kisser like that--clearly this week's ugliest--it's small wonder Ruben Rodriguez had to flash teen and tween girls walking to North County high schools and junior highs to derive sexual gratification.
We'll discover at his Sept. 30 sentencing whether the 22-year-old Anaheim resident will be the potential tool for the sexual gratification of state prison inmate.
Rodriguez pleaded guilty in Fullerton Tuesday to an array of felony and misdemeanor charges, but it could have been much worse for him. He was facing more than 20 counts, including seven of indecent exposure, eight of annoying or molesting a child, one felony count of luring a child with the intent to commit a crime and another of a lewd act in a public place.
Eighteen of those counts were dismissed as Rodriguez copped to felony counts of attempted lewd act with a child under 14 and luring a child with the intent to commit a specific crime as well as misdemeanor counts of annoying or molesting a child and indecent exposure.
Currently stewing at Theo Lacy as he awaits that sentencing hearing, Rodriguez was arrested in September 2010 for exposing himself to two 17-year-old girls near Buena Park High. A month later, he was picked up for flashing a pair of 14-year-old girls walking to Sunny Hills High in Fullerton.
During the subsequent investigation, girls came forward to accuse Rodriguez of flashing them at Troy High School and Nicolas Junior High School. Some victims were as young as 12.
Three freshman girls reported to Fullerton Police that Rodriguez exposed himself to them as they were walking to Sunny Hills High School. One girl went to police after her mother saw media reports about the 21-year-old Anaheim man's arrest in Buena Park.
Police say the other girls' parents did not contact authorities right after their daughters told them what happened, for whatever reasons. But they also came forward after hearing about the investigation of Rodriguez.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 16 at North Justice Center in Fullerton.
ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 29, 2010: A man has been arrested for allegedly exposing himself to at least nine girls between the ages of 12 and 17 over the last two months.
Ruben Rodriguez could face 16 misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure and child annoyance, but Fullerton Police are on the lookout for other potential victims.
He is accused of flashing two girls who were walking to Sunny Hills High School on Wednesday.
News of the investigation reminded a school police officer that Rodriguez was cited for exposing himself to two 17-year-old girls near Troy High School in September.
Victim interviews and checks of photo lineups led Rodriguez to be tied to five other incidents near Sunny Hills and Nicolas Junior High School.
Police say his move was to park on streets where girls were walking and, as they approached him, expose himself and strike up a conversation.
Anyone who believes they were flashed by the guy is asked to call Fullerton Police Det. Stuart Hamilton at 714.738.3301 or the front desk at 714.738.6715.
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.