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SAPD Detectives Arrest Suspect In Child Molestation Case

by: Santa Ana PD
Posted: June 21, 2018

SANTA ANA...A 4-year-old girl was sexually assaulted while attending a church service at Oasis Christian Church in Santa Ana on Father’s Day. Jose Trinidad Tavarez, 51, of Santa Ana has been working as a handyman and security guard for the Oasis Christian Church for the past year. Tavarez has been living out of his van, which was parked on the church property.  

Jose Trinidad Tavarez

Santa Ana Police arrested Tavarez for sexually assaulting the girl. He was booked at the Orange County Jail on Child Molestation charges. Tavarez has prior arrests for soliciting an undercover officer for sex and contempt of court. 

Video Surveillance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvmb6PCCDJI 

SAPD Detectives believe there may be additional victims and ask anyone with information to contact Corporal R. Bonilla at 714-245-8412, rbonilla@santa-ana.org or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.


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