|Pictured Above: Ricardo Aldana. Source: Orange County Register.|
Ricardo Aldana will be arraigned on Monday on seven felony counts of lewd acts on a child for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with a 14-year-old. Aldana was a former JSerra Catholic High School teacher who taught Spanish and was a boys soccer coach. Aldana is accused of meeting the alleged victim when she was a 13-year-old student, befriending her and eventually gaining her trust. After she turned 14, he allegedly inappropriately massaged her over her clothes in a classroom when they were alone. On another occasion, Aldana allegedly picked the student up from her home and took her to his house where they engaged in “substantial unlawful sex acts.” If Aldana is convicted of all seven felony counts, he faces at least seven years in prison.
Lewd acts on a child under 14-years-old requires touching of a minor with the intent of arousing or appealing to the sexual desires of you or the child. If you are charged with committing lewd acts on a minor, a defense attorney will investigate these claims by interviewing the alleged victim’s family and friends. The attorney will also look into the alleged victim’s school records, medical records, and phone records. If you are convicted of lewd acts on a child, you face jail/prison time, probation and court ordered counseling. You will also have to register as a sex offender, which affects your job and reputation. Possible defenses include lack of intent, accident, or false accusations. Therefore, if you are convicted of lewd acts on a child or any other sexual offense, please contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you.