SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A City Heights man who groped and exposed himself to four Hoover High School students in broad daylight as the girls were walking near the campus was handed a two-year prison sentence Tuesday and must register as a sex offender.
Alejandro Muzquiz, 30, pleaded guilty in December to one felony count of committing a lewd act on a child 14 or 15, two misdemeanor counts of annoying or molesting a child and one misdemeanor count of sexual battery.
Deputy District Attorney Fanny Yu told Judge Eugenia Eyherabide that the defendant's crimes occurred over several months, beginning last Aug. 17. The victims ranged in age from 14 to just shy of 18.
"This was a very serious offense," the prosecutor told the judge. "Everyone that lived in the area was concerned."
Defense attorney Dawnella Gilzean unsuccessfully argued for probation.
Her client made a brief statement to the court.
"I just want to say how sorry I am," the defendant said. "I just want to go back to my wife and kids."
San Diego police arrested Muzquiz on Oct. 26 during a traffic stop in the 4400 block of University Avenue.
The molestation victims were assaulted as they walked in heavily traveled areas near their Talmadge-area school, SDPD sex-crimes Lt. Rick O'Hanlon said. The teens were not physically harmed during the crimes.
Muzquiz "became the focus" of investigations into the molestations through tips from the public and "good old-fashioned police work," according to O'Hanlon.
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