Santa Ana

Man Accused of Molesting Disabled 10-Year-Old Girl

The alleged molestation happened at Jerome Park in Santa Ana

Police are seeking additional possible victims of a 75-year-old Santa Ana man who was arrested for allegedly molesting a 10- year-old developmentally disabled girl.

Francisco Ramirez was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, according to the Santa Ana Police Department.

The timing of his arrest was not immediately clear, but Ramirez was a volunteer at the Southwest Senior Center at Jerome Park and the alleged molestation occurred in July at the senior center garden, police said.

"While visiting Jerome Park, the victim became separated from her parents and wandered into the garden at the senior center," according to a police statement. "Other children at the center witnessed the molestation and immediately told the victim's parents. Ramirez fled the scene and was not immediately identified."

Detectives eventually identified and arrested Ramirez, who "confessed to the allegations and made statements indicating he may have victimized other children," police said.

He was booked at the Orange County Jail on multiple child abuse charges.

Anyone with information about additional possible victims of Ramirez was urged to contact Santa Ana police Detective Nick Vega at 714-245-8368 or

Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling 855-TIP-OCCS.

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