Santa Ana police arrest man, 75, suspected of sexual molestation of girl, 10

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A 75-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of sexually molesting a 10-year-old, developmentally delayed girl in Santa Ana on multiple occasions.

Police believe there may have been additional victims based on statements they say the man made.

Francisco Ramirez

Francisco Ramirez, of Santa Ana, was a volunteer at the Southwest Senior Center at Jerome Park. The incidents occurred in July in the senior center garden, Santa Ana police said in a news release on Friday, Aug. 24.

Police said the victim was visiting Jerome Park when she became separated from her parents and wandered into the garden at the senior center. Other children saw the molestation and immediately told the girl’s parents.

Ramirez fled the scene and was not immediately identified, according to authorities. But he later was arrested, confessed to the allegations, “and made statements indicating he may have victimized other children,” the release stated.

He was booked at the Orange County Jail on suspicion of child abuse on multiple occasions and his bail was set at $1 million.

Santa Ana Police Department detectives ask anyone with information to contact Detective Nick Vega at 714-245-8368, nvega@santa-ana.orgor Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.

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