Photo by Alexander Nguyen
Photo by Alexander Nguyen

A 26-year-old Anaheim man was convicted Wednesday of sneaking into a home in Orange and sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl and her 15-year-old sister.

Ernesto Parraguirre was convicted of digital penetration of a child 10 years or younger, lewd acts on a minor, criminal threats, burglary and assault with intent to commit a sex offense, all felonies, according to Deputy District Attorney Kristin Bracic.

The defendant, who fled to Mexico but surrendered to authorities in February 2010, removed a screen and climbed through a bedroom window about 5 a.m. Sept. 16. 2009, Bracic said.

Parraguirre apparently had seen the 15-year-old girl and was so attracted to her he decided to sneak into her bedroom, Bracic said. But he got into the wrong bed and sexually assaulted the 9-year-old girl, the prosecutor said.

The 9-year-old girl woke up and began to cry, waking her older sister, Bracic said.

That prompted Parraguirre to put his hands around the teen’s neck and threaten to kill her if she told anyone, Bracic said. Then the defendant put one hand on her stomach and another on her thigh and molested her, Bracic said.

Parraguirre’s attorney, Raul Ramirez, argued authorities got the wrong suspect. But Bracic said the defendant’s fingerprint was on a window screen, and the 15-year-old girl identified him in a photo lineup.

The victims testified they had never seen Parraguirre before, Bracic said.

The defendant, who is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 5, faces up to 42 years to life in prison.

— City News Service

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