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Ventura County gang members arrested in sex assault sweep

(Top to bottom, left to right) Booking photos for Adrian Garcia, Dion Mendoza, Jonathan Gaona, Joseph Sandoval, Isaac Ek, Carlos Ek, and Esteban Osequera are shown. These men and an unidentified minor were arrested on charges of rape and/or battery.

June 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Santa Paula police officers working with the Ventura County Sheriff's Department and Ventura County District Attorney investigators served seven search warrants in Santa Paula and one in Ventura Friday morning.

Eight males, including seven suspected gang members, were arrested during the sweep. Four men are suspected ASK gang members from Santa Paula. Three men are suspected Cabrillo Village gang members.

Six of the men were arrested on rape charges; two others were arrested for battery. Other charges included kidnapping, conspiracy, street terrorism, child abuse, unlawful intercourse with a minor, and a weapons charge. The rape charges included rape by force, rape with an intoxicated person, and rape while victim is asleep.

Esteban Oseguera, Isaac Ek, Joseph Sandoval, Jonathan Gaona, Dion Mendoza, Carlos Ek, Adrian Garcia and one unidentified minor were arrested when warrants were served. They were transported to the Ventura County Jail, according to police.

Evidence was also collected in connection with the investigation, according to the Santa Paula Police Dept.

Santa Paula Police suspect there may be other unknown sexual assault victims related to this investigation. Anyone with information related to these individuals should contact Santa Paula Police Detective Sergeant Ismael Cordero at (805) 525-4474.