By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
A 30-year-old man was arrested Tuesday afternoon in the Stanton Civic Center after an incident where he allegedly pursued two young girls.
Alejandro Lorenzo Contreras of Stanton was arrested at 4:34 p.m. Tuesday outside of Stanton City Hall, 7800 Katella St., on charges of annoyance of a child and possession of child pornography, said authorities.
According to Lt. Lloyd Downing, commander at the nearby sheriff’s department Stanton substation, two girls, age 12 and 13, were at the Stanton Library, located at 7850 Katella St., and then got in the check-out line. Contreras got in line behind them.
According to the police report, the girls were taking pictures with their cell phones and trading them back and forth. Contreras commented to one of the girls that she looked nice in her pink top.
Contreras then asked if the girls would send some of their pictures to his cell phone.
The girls did not talk to him and then walked next door to the Stanton Boys and Girls Club, at 11050 Cedar St. Contreras followed them. They then hid in the bathroom.
When they went outside, Contreras was still there, so they went to tell one of the staff at the Boys and Girls Club, who called the sheriff’s deputies next door.
Officers were sent outside to apprehend Contreras and then used a search warrant to examine his cell phone, where they allegedly found multiple pictures involving nude and semi-nude juveniles.
Contreras is being held and will be jailed.
Downing said that in this case it was important that parents know that these kinds of things can happen, even at a library.
“People need to know this kind of stuff about predators, especially when you’re dealing with kids,” said Downing.