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Surveillance video on bus captures molester

June 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man boarded a public bus and sat next to several young girls. One of those girls says he sexually touched her before getting off the bus and disappearing. The suspect was last seen headed into Laguna Hills Mall. He's wanted for child molestation. Orange County investigators are concerned that if he's not caught soon, he could end up molesting other kids as well.

The surveillance video of the suspect is clear, taken by a camera mounted inside the Orange County Transportation Authority bus. It shows the man walking from the back of the vehicle where the alleged molestation occurred to the front exit.

"He is a dangerous sexual predator that needs to be caught before he strikes again," said Orange County Sheriff's Spokesman Jim Amormino.

Amormino said the assault happened Sunday afternoon. Three girls, all under 15 years old, were riding a bus home after a day at the beach when a man sat down next to one of them and started fondling her.

"She was very frightened," said Amormino. "In fact, she was so frightened she couldn't scream, couldn't do anything, because she basically was frozen in fear."

Amormino said one of the girls noticed what was happening and yelled at the man, but he continued to assault the teen. She snapped a picture of the suspect while he was fondling the girl.

He eventually got off the bus and was last seen headed toward the Laguna Hills Mall. Sheriff's officials searched their sex offender database, but came up empty. Catching the suspect they say, may hinge on the right person seeing this video.

"The video is outstanding quality," said Amormino. "We're hoping someone recognizes the suspect and contacts the Orange County Sheriff's department."

Now the suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 200 pounds, with curly dark hair.

If you have any information that could lead investigators to this suspect you're urged to call (866) TIP-OC-SD.

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