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Trial Underway For Man Accused of Touching Sleeping Girls

His lawyer admitted that he was an “inadequate man” with compulsions, though they were not sexual. The prosecutor described him as every girl’s worst nightmare. Who exactly is the man who creeps in the night?

Meet Roberto Jacobo Reyes. He is facing a multitude of charges resulting from five incidents over a 13-month period. Each involved breaking into a female victim’s home and touching her while she slept, reports the Orange County Register.

According to KTLA, he snuck into a 7-year-old’s bedroom, tickled her, and then tugged on her blanket. He also touched a 22-year-old’s foot while she slept with her boyfriend. His conduct escalated from there, as he eventually groped the vagina and breasts of an 11-year-old, who punched and kicked him until he fled through an open window.

The evidence seems to be enough to send him away for a long time. According to the Register, DNA evidence was collected at two crime scenes. It matched the DNA that he provided when he was convicted of a 2003 burglary. All of the attacks occurred within a mile of Reyes’ home as well.

He also told the police that he was attracted to girls from 12 to 14-years-old and that touching them gave him “goose bumps.”

On the other hand, his defense attorney argued that though Reyes was acting under compulsions, none of the conduct was sexually motivated. Except that one time with the 11-year-old. But the rest were just done for the rush. No really. It was not sexual at all.

We can’t fault the lawyer. Sometimes, there really is nothing a defense attorney can do, especially with DNA evidence, fingerprints, and incriminating statements made to the police. Also, the “lewd act” charges generally have a “for the purposes of sexual gratification” mental state included. If she knocks those out, he could end up with a sentence slightly short of eternity.

He’s facing one count of forcibly committing a lewd act on a child under 14, two counts of performing lewd acts upon a child under 14, three counts of first-degree residential burglary (with sentencing enhancements for committing lewd acts in the commission of the burglaries), committing lewd acts on multiple victims, and for having a non-accomplice present during a residential burglary. He is also accused of illegally reentering the U.S. after he was deported following the 2003 burglary conviction.

In other words, the state found every imaginable crime and sentencing enhancement and added it to the docket. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 194 years to life.

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