William Gabriel Rodriguez May Have Posted His Age as 18 to Meet Teen Girls Online for Sex: DA
The Cypress Police Department and Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) are seeking the public's help in finding more victims of a man accused of posing as a teen on a social-networking website to lure a 15-year-old girl to a park to commit lewd acts.
William Gabriel Rodriguez, 29, of Cypress, faces felony counts that could land him in prison for more than four years and require lifetime registration as a sex offender with a conviction.
Rodriguez is alleged to have met the unidentified girl on an unspecified social-networking website, on which he claimed to be 18. He shared texts and emails on his phone and computer with her for about two weeks before arranging an April 30 nighttime meeting at Maple Grove Park South in Cypress, according to an OCDA statement.
He is accused of kissing the girl several times on the mouth before the couple was spotted just before 9:45 p.m. by a Cypress police officer on foot patrol. Noticing the girl looked much younger than Rodriguez, the female officer asked him his age, and he is said to have replied 18. Further investigation revealed he's 29, and he was arrested on the spot.
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Rodriguez is charged with one felony count each of contacting a child with intent to commit a specified sex crime, meeting a minor with intent to engage in lewd conduct, and lewd acts upon a child. He was being held on $100,000 bail pending a continued arraignment hearing, scheduled for May 25 in Westminster.
Meanwhile, the search is on for other potential victims. If that's you or someone you know, contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794 or the Cypress Police Criminal Investigation Bureau at (714) 229-6631.
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