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Molester sentenced, ordered to register as sex offender

Man arrested for bothering female Placerita Junior High student

Posted: February 28, 2009 1:50 a.m.
Updated: February 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
A man who pleaded guilty to molesting a Placerita Junior High School student was sentenced to 60 days in jail and ordered to register as a sex offender, a prosecutor said Friday.

Omar Valle, whose real name is Eudiqio Melqiades, was arrested for bothering a Placerita Junior High female student Jan. 23.

The 14-year-old girl said the man appeared to be following her in his car, and as she turned the street, the man turned also.
Deputy Robert Wilkinson saw the driver making physical contact with the girl.

Once he noticed the girl crying and making a hand motion indicating something was wrong, the deputy arrested the man for the misdemeanor charge of annoying children, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Two students were accosted by strangers near the school during the past two months.

Principal Michael Kuhlman said he's heard no updates about the second, similar case on Feb. 11.

"(Valle) plead guilty to one count of child molesting - that is to unlawfully annoy and molest a child under the age of 18," said Shiara Davila-Morales, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

"He was placed on summary probation for three years and must serve 60 days in county jail and must register as a sex offender," Davila-Morales said Friday.

Valle entered the plea on Feb. 5.

The arrest and conviction drew praise from Kuhlman and a parent.

"I drove by the other day around noon and I did see a sheriff's car patrolling in the (school's) area so I was glad about that," said Linda Baldwin, whose daughter attends the Newhall school but was not the victim.

"I hope they all continue to keep their eyes open and patrol the area more frequently so it will discourage other people from doing the same thing."

"It's unfortunate we have to deal with a situation like that, but the court system and law enforcement are dealing with it appropriately and helping keep our schools safe," Kuhlman said.

Valle, 31, must stay away from the victim and all minor girls, and he must stay away from all junior high schools, high schools, the location of the arrest and he must complete sexual offender counseling, Davila-Morales said.

He is due to report back to Santa Clarita Court on April 1.

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