SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A City Heights man accused of groping three Hoover High students as the girls were walking to or from school pleaded not guilty Thursday to molestation and other charges.
Alejandro Muzquiz, 30, was ordered held on $100,000 bail.
He facesh two felony counts of committing a lewd act on a child 14 or 15 years of age and misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure, annoying or molesting a child under 18, sexual battery and driving on a suspended license.
Muzquiz faces a maximum of three years and eight months in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Fanny Yu.
San Diego police took Muzquiz into custody about 8 a.m. Tuesday during a traffic stop in the 4400 block of University Avenue, SDPD sex-crimes Lt. Rick O'Hanlon said.
The molestation victims -- ages 14, 16 and 17 -- were assaulted as they walked in heavily traveled areas near their Talmadge-area school, O'Hanlon said. The teens were not physically harmed during the crimes, which occurred last Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, the lieutenant said.
Muzquiz "became the focus" of investigations into the molestations through tips from the public and "good old-fashioned police work," according to O'Hanlon.
Yu urged members of the public to come forward if they have any information about additional victims. She said anybody who knows anything about possible victims should call Crime Stoppers or San Diego police.
Judge David Szumowski scheduled a status conference for Nov. 4.
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