A 47-year-old accused child molester is scheduled to be back in court May 19 after being charged with sexually assaulting a 9-year-old female relative in Santa Ana almost two decades ago.
Olegario Sigifredo Sorianosantos has been charged with two counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor and two counts of forcible lewd acts on a child, all felonies, according to court records. He also faces a sentencing enhancement allegation for substantial sexual conduct, according to court records.
Sorianosantos made his first appearance in court Tuesday when his arraignment was rescheduled for May 19.
The allegations date back to March 1998 and continued through 2000, according to court records.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Whitney Bokosky said the victim lived with the defendant for about a year then.
The victim recently “came forward after many years because she recently saw the defendant in her neighborhood and got scared,” Bokosky said.
The prosecutor said she was able to file the charges because of a change in the law that can keep a case open until the victim is 40, rather than 28 as it was before.
— Staff and wire reports
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