Orange County

Montebello Man Charged in 2012 Kidnap-Rape of 6-Year-Old Girl in Santa Ana

A 45-year-old Montebello man was charged Tuesday with kidnapping and raping a 6-year-old girl in Santa Ana in 2012.

Francisco Javier Lopez faces a dozen felony counts that could result in a life prison term without the possibility of parole if he's convicted.

Santa Ana Police Department

Lopez, who's being held without bail, is charged with five counts of forcible lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14, three counts of sexual penetration of a child younger than 11, and one count each of kidnapping to commit a sex offense, oral copulation of a child younger than 11, sexual intercourse with a child younger than 11 and dissuading a witness.

He also faces sentencing enhancement allegations of causing bodily injury to a child younger than 14 and aggravated kidnapping.

Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer and representatives of the Santa Ana Police Department California Attorney General's Office are planning a joint news conference Friday "to discuss how a statewide effort by local and state agencies led to Lopez' capture," according to the D.A.'s office.

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