It was recently reported in the OC Register that Jerry Ayala, 44, of Santa Ana was arrested at his home on suspicion of felony sodomy with a person under 16 years of age, lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 16, and manufacturing drug paraphernalia with the intent to deliver or grow.

Police officers interviewed the alleged victim who claims he was abused several times between December 2008 and April 2009. Detectives claimed to have found physical evidence at Ayala’s home that corroborates what the alleged victim told police.

Sexual molestation is a serious crime in California. Under California Penal Code Section 288(c)(1), any person who willfully and lewdly commits any lewd or lascivious act upon or with the body, or any part or member thereof, of a child who is 14 or 15 years of age, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires of that person or the child, and that person is at least 10 years older than the child, is guilty of a public offense and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for one, two, or three years, or by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year.

A child molestation conviction also requires registration under the Sex Offender Registration Act. See California Penal Code Section 290. The law requires the defendant to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his or her life in most cases. The offender’s information will also be published on the Meagan’s Law website. The public will be able to view the offender’s name, home address, photo, and other identifying information.

If you or a loved one is facing a sexual molestation charge, it is important that you speak with an experienced sex crimes attorney. At Wallin & Klarich, our attorneys have over 30 years of experience in handling all types of sex crimes cases. We will aggressively fight to defend your rights and keep you off of the Sex Offender registry. Call us today at (877) 466-5245. We will be there when you call.

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