It was a busy week when it came to alleged child predators.
A Sunset Beach actor is accused of molesting a boy in Montclair.
A Downtown Disney of Anaheim employee allegedly molested a boy in a City of Industry shopping mall.
A Santa Ana man has been charged with kidnapping with the intent to perform lewd acts with a 4-year-old boy.
An Anaheim convicted sex offender was popped for allegedly molesting a boy and girl starting when they were 4 and 5.
James McAnally, 52, of Sunset Beach, was being arraigned at West Valley Superior Court in Rancho Cucamonga on July 21 when he was taken into custody for allegedly sexually abusing a boy in Montclair for more than a month. McAnally, who lists his job as an actor, according to jail records, faces six counts of sexual contact with a child age 14 or younger and two counts of possession of child pornography. He allegedly victimized the then-13-year-old boy starting around April 1 and the abuse supposedly continued until May 12. McAnally was arrested after a Montclair Police Department investigation and held on $1 million bail. The investigation continues and anyone with information is asked to call the Montclair Police Department at (909) 448-3600.
Richard Camarena, a 45-year-old who works at a Downtown Disney store was arrested July 23 on suspicion of sexually molesting a 9-year-old boy in the restroom of the Puente Hills Mall in the City of Industry. The incident allegedly happened on July 8, when the boy told his mother he was touched inappropriately in the restroom. His description and community tips led to the arrest of Camarena at his Claremont home, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which notes the suspect is single and does not have a criminal history. He was booked on suspicion of a lewd act with a child under 14 and held at the San Dimas sheriff’s station in lieu of $100,000 bail. If convicted, Camarena could face up to eight years in state prison, according to the LA County District Attorney’s Office. A Disney resort spokeswoman says Camarena is on administrative leave.
Armando Torreblanca Núñez is accused of trying to kidnap a 4-year-old boy for sex, according to the Santa Ana Police Department and Orange County District Attorney’s office. The boy and several family members were attending a July 27 birthday party at Jerome Park, where the child was seen playing with other children on the playground around 8:15 p.m. But the boy’s mother then lost sight of him, a search of the park failed to produce the child, and the police department was called. The sheriff’s helicopter responded and broadcast the boy’s description while flying overhead in the area. Two men working in Force Electronics on McFadden Avenue saw a child fitting the broadcast description, accompanied by a man. Miguel Luna came out from behind the car electronics store’s front counter and confronted the man, who released the boy and then tried to flee, police say. But Luna and his boss detained the man and called police as the boy was returned to his mother unharmed. Investigating detectives “found evidence that convincingly showed that” 28-year-old Santa Ana resident “Núñez intended to kidnap and sexually assault the child,” according to an agency advisory. A subsequent statement from the DA’s office identifies that evidence: a condom. Police and prosecutors credit Luna and his boss with helping bring about the quick police action and preventing the child with being assaulted. Núñez was charged Friday with felony kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, and a conviction could send him to state prison for up to seven years to life and require him to register as a sex offender for life. He was being held on $1 million bail heading into arraignment. Meanwhile, police warn that the suspect has resided in several Orange County cities, including Santa Ana, Orange, Irvine and Tustin. Anyone who suspects he committed illegal activity is asked to Santa Ana police detectives at (714) 245-8343. Anonymous tips may be left with Orange County Crime Stoppers 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”.)
Carlos Antonio Chavez, already a convicted sex offender on the state registry, has been charged with sexually assaulting two young children he met at a Fullerton church. The 57-year-old Anaheim resident was a member of Iglesia de Dios Pentacostal, where more than a decade ago he befriended a boy and a girl who were ages 4 and 5 respectively at the time, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office. Between 2005 and 2007, Chavez allegedly lured the children to a bathroom separately at least two times each with the promise of getting them candy before sexually assaulting them, prosecutors say. The kids reported the abuse in 2014, and after a lengthy investigation, Chavez was arrested by Fullerton Police on Wednesday. He faces four felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14 and sentencing enhancement allegations for substantial sexual conduct with a child, being a habitual sexual offender, having a prior conviction for a sex offense, committing an offense against more than one victim and having a prior strike conviction for committing lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14 in 2001 in Orange County. A conviction could send Chavez to prison for 95 years to life. But the investigation continues, and anyone with additional information or who believes they may have been a victim should call Supervising District Attorney Investigator Mark Gutierrez at 714.347.8794.