N. Hollywood Man Being Investigated for 2 Cases of Child Molestation

A North Hollywood man being investigated in a two-county child molestation case was taken into custody today after a Vista Superior Court judge doubled his bail to $500,000.

In San Diego County, 32-year-old Hubert Haraszewski is charged with lewd acts on a child under 14 with substantial sexual contact, child molestation with a prior conviction, and possession of child pornography.

Haraszewski was free on bond when he arrived for today’s court appearance, but Judge Aaron Katz ordered him into custody when the prosecution added the lewd acts count against him. The substantial sexual contact allegation could lead to a life prison term if he’s convicted.

Deputy District Attorney Patricia Lavermicocca alleges the defendant befriended a 12-year-old Costa Mesa boy by convincing the victim that he was 19 years old, not in his 30s.

The two communicated over the Internet and visited mountain bike parks in Orange County, Lavermicocca said.

Haraszewski was arraigned Nov. 1 on the San Diego County charges, which stem from alleged inappropriate physical contact that occurred during a trip to San Onofre State beach, the prosecutor said.

The defendant also is under investigation in Orange County for possible molestations involving the youngster in that jurisdiction, where there could be more alleged victims, Lavermicocca said.

She she she doesn’t believe there are additional alleged victims in San Diego County.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 13.

Published in: on November 23, 2007 at 7:10 am  Leave a Comment  

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