Police are searching for an unknown man who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman on the grounds of a historic mission in Oceanside last month.
According to investigators, the sexual assault happened on Mar. 18 around 3:30 p.m. outside the Mission San Luis Rey on Mission Avenue.
Police say a man grabbed a female victim, fondled her and allegedly attempted to drag her into some nearby bushes. The woman fought back, striking the suspect, and was able to run away.
Three weeks later, police say the suspect is still at large. On Wednesday, officials released a composite sketch of the man.
Investigators describe him as a Hispanic man in his 30s, approximately 6-feet-tall and 200 pounds. He has brown or black shoulder-length hair, a moustache, a large mole on his neck and a tattoo of a snake on the back of his left forearm.
The Oceanside Police Department is asking anyone with information on this case to contact detectives handling the case at (760) 435-4824 or (800) 78-CRIME.
COMMENTARY BY SAM SPITAL, SAN DIEGO CRMINAL, PERSONAL INJURY AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW ATTORNEY:
“On December 6, 2012, KFMB Channel 8 posted online an article about a 54 year old man who was convicted of child molestation and oral copulation of a 4 year old child. He faces up the 23 years to life in prison. The prosecution alleged the defendant molested the minor when his wife was not present and while she was attending other duties at her home child care business. The defense attorney claimed the charges were false and his client did not touch any child as alleged by the Deputy District Attorney. The story did not go into sufficient facts for one to evaluate the propriety of the arguments, presentation of evidence and/or strength and scope of the defense.
The article reported the eligibility to operate as a day care business at the home in question was suspended. More information regarding the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division, can be viewed online at the following link: http://ccld.ca.gov/PG411.htm. Some of the cases that have been cited as precedent by CDSS can be viewed at http://ccld.ca.gov/res/pdf/Precedent.pdf
One can check online to follow the disciplinary status of all professions and businesses licensed in California by a search starting with the identity of the government agency that issues the applicable license (Board of Registered Nursing, Medical Board of California, Board of Psychology, Pharmacy Board, Dental Board, Department of Real Estate, Department of Insurance, etc.) and then enter the name of the person and/or entity.”
COMMENTARY BY SAN DIEGO CRIMINAL LAWYER – SAM SPITAL:
“On Thursday, November 1, 2012, the UT SAN DIEGO NEWS reported thousands of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) files were released in which lawsuits were brought by and/or on behalf of abused boy scouts alleging the leaders of the BSA were liable for failing to protect them. Between 1970 and 1991, there were about 10 individuals from San Diego among ‘nearly 1,900 known or suspected child molesters’ who were expelled from BSA. In addition, a Seattle, Washington lawyer that filed over 150 lawsuits stated ‘the organization didn’t do a good job of vetting volunteers before they were allowed into the organization or catching and reacting to sexual abuse allegations against volunteers who were working with scouts.’
It is both appalling and heartbreaking for enormous numbers of innocent young boys to have experienced sexual abuse from leaders they looked up to as models to train them in self-confidence, self-esteem, ethics, and citizenship skills in the service of others and to become responsible adults. The taint associated with the BSA reflects adversely on its long history of doing good deeds and performing well for society as a result of its failure to properly and fully investigate, evaluate, supervise and monitor its volunteers to prevent even a suggestion or possibility of sexual abuse. Parents need to clearly know and be able to undeniably trust those with whom they allow their children to be involved.”