A 25-year-old Long Beach man who was a youth group volunteer at several Cypress and Los Alamitos churches is scheduled to be arraigned today for the sexual assault of two boys, but police and prosecutors fear there may be other victims.
So far, Isai Beltran is charged with two felony counts of performing lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, one misdemeanor count of sexual battery, and one misdemeanor count of child annoyance, according to an Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) statement that indicates the maximum punishment following a conviction would be 10 years in state prison.
Beltran, who worked as a youth group volunteer at Cypress and Los Alamitos churches between January 2013 and December 2014, met a minor boy through that work and, on April 1, 2014, unlawfully and sexually touched an intimate body part of the victim, claims the OCDA, which further alleges the defendant had inappropriate contact with the boy.
A second boy, who was under 14 at the time, met Beltran at a non-church related gathering of some church members and, on Nov. 28, 2014, the defendant allegedly committed lewd acts on the child. That sparked a Garden Grove Police Department investigation after the boy's relatives reported the alleged crimes.
Due to Beltran's access to youths for so many months, police and prosecutors fear there may be other victims and encourage anyone with additional information about the known or unreported cases to contact OCDA Supervising Investigator Mark Gutierrez at 714.347.8794 or Garden Grove Police Detective David Young at 714.741.5836.
Beltran, who is out of custody on $100,000 bail, is scheduled to be arraigned some time this morning at West Justice Center in Westminster.
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