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Orange County sheriff’s deputies asked for the public’s help Thursday tracking down potential victims of a phlebotomist in a medical laboratory in Aliso Viejo accused of touching customers in a sexual way.

Jose Farias, 29, of San Juan Capistrano, was booked Wednesday on suspicion of battery and was released from jail, according to jail records.

An 18-year-old woman told deputies on Aug. 29 she was touched in a sexual manner by the suspect as she gave blood, Orange County sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Hylton said. A 30-year-old woman came forward Sept. 20 with a similar allegation, Hylton said.

Deputies suspect there may be more potential victims and asked anyone with information to call 714-647-7419. Orange County Crime Stoppers will accept anonymous tips at 855-TIP-OCCS or on the organization’s website at

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