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Man Charged With Assaulting Girls He Invited For Playdates With His Daughter

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A Santa Ana man is accused of using his young daughter to lure children from his church to his house so he could sexually assault them. Jose Luis Aguilera, 41, was charged yesterday with seven felony counts of committing lewd acts on a child under 14, one felony count of sexual penetration with a child 10 years old or younger and two felony counts of kidnapping for the purpose of child molesting, KTLA reports. If convicted, Aguilar may face a sentence of 130 years or life in prison.

According to a release from the Orange County District Attorney's office, Aguilera allegedly assaulted four girls between 9 and 11 years old between October of 2012 and September of 2015. Deputy DA Heather Brown said that Aguilera and his daughter attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Santa Ana where he would make friends with other families who had children. He would then invite the daughters of these families over to his home for a playdate with his daughter. During the playdate, however, he would find a way to get the girl alone and then assault her. On two occasions, he allegedly kidnapped the girl and took her elsewhere—once to Tustin, and once to a different part of Santa Ana—to complete the assaults. One of the girls told her family what happened, and her family called the police.

Police are concerned there may be other victims. Anyone with information should call OCDA Supervising Investigator Mark Gutierrez at 714-347-8794.