Los Angeles Man Arrested on Suspicion of Sexually Assaulting 9-Year Old Girl at Irvine Library

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L.A. Man Accused of Sexual Assault, Exposing Himself to 9-Year-Old Girl at Orange County Library

L.A. Man Accused of Sexual Assault, Exposing Himself to 9-Year-Old Girl at Orange County Library

Mar 28, 2023

A Los Angeles man has been arrested and accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl at an Orange County public library last week. The suspect is also alleged to have exposed himself to the minor.

In a press release, the Irvine Police Department confirmed that Christopher Eduard, 53, was arrested Friday in connection with the alleged sexual assault which took place in the children’s section of the Orange County Public Libraries Irvine Heritage Park branch. The girl was reportedly looking at books when Eduard approached her. He proceeded to engage the victim by asking her to help him film a video.

Los Angeles Man Arrested on Suspicion of Sexually Assaulting 9-Year Old Girl at Irvine Library

“Eduard gave the victim his cell phone and held cue cards for her to read aloud. During the incident, Eduard exposed himself and assaulted the 9-year-old,” Irvine Police said.

Police indicated that the victim’s mother was also inside the library at the time of the alleged sexual assault.

Detectives reviewed surveillance video from the area and located a vehicle that was associated with the suspect – a green, 2019 Kia Soul.

Further investigations by detectives led to Eduard’s identification. Eduard was arrested by law enforcement on March 24 near his home in Los Angeles. During the execution of a search warrant, evidence was located linking him to the crime, according to the Irvine Police Department’s press release.

“It is deeply concerning,” Irvine Police Department Lieutenant Bill Bingham said, according to ABC 7. “In the detective’s review of the video, they observed the suspect milling about the library for some period of time prior to him engaging in contact with the victim in this case.”

Bingham said the alleged library sexual predator faces the following charges:

  • Child molestation
  • Production of child pornography
  • False imprisonment of a minor during the production of child pornography

Police released the following physical description of Eduard:

  • 5′-9″ tall
  • 125 pounds
  • Brown hair
  • Brown eyes

The Los Angeles Times reported that Eduard was released Saturday on bond.

Irvine Police detectives have indicated they believe Eduard may be responsible for other child sex crimes.

“There’s a great distance between Los Angeles where he lives and Irvine and we are concerned that he may have engaged in this behavior with other victims who may not have reported it to police,” Bingham said.

Anyone with information about the sexual assault incident at Orange County Public Libraries Irvine Heritage Park branch, or Eduard’s connection to other incidents, is urged to please contact Detective Nate Ridlon at nridlon@cityofirvine.org.

The Orange County District Attorney’s office has not commented on the case, according to ABC 7.

Latest 2023 California Child Sexual Abuse Statistics

The California Department of Justice confirms that in 2019, there were 9,020 reported cases of child abuse or neglect in California involving allegations of sexual abuse. However, as that figure only includes reported cases, it is widely believed to be an undercount, and that a significant number of child sexual abuse incidents actually go unreported every year in California.

Recently, California has been the focus of several high-profile sexual abuse cases involving schools. A Los Angeles Times investigation published in 2018 found that at least 600 cases of sexual misconduct were reported in K-12 schools in California over a five-year period. The report confirmed that many of these cases involved teachers and other school employees who were accused of inappropriate behavior with students – ranging from sexual assault to harassment.

However, as is believed to be the case with underreporting of child sexual abuse in California, countless incidents of school sexual abuse are believed to never be reported to law enforcement or publicly disclosed.

In a recent blog, Dordulian Law Group noted that a study conducted by United Educators, an insurance and risk management company focused on schools and colleges, found that school districts across the United States paid out major damages awards and settlements of $1 million or more last year for lawsuits related to sexual misconduct, crimes, and discrimination.

Some of the troubling school sexual abuse statistics uncovered include:

  • 69 publicly reported damages awards and settlements of $1 million or more among K-12 schools and colleges were recorded in 2022.
  • That figure – the total number of damages awards and settlements – was up from 38 which equaled $1 million or more in 2021.
  • One-third of large settlements reported in 2022 (23 claims) stemmed from sexual misconduct incidents.
  • In 2021, 13 of the damages awards and settlements (34%) were related to sexual misconduct claims.
  • In 2022, the cost of sexual misconduct claims included in the report ranged from $1 million to more than $600 million.
  • The largest award, totaling $615.6 million, was paid out by the University of California system, which was accused of negligence for employing a gynecologist who sexually abused dozens of women.

Furthermore, in 2022, several California school districts were ordered to pay damages or settled lawsuits stemming from allegations that administrators did not act quickly enough to investigate employees who had been accused of sexually abusing students:

  • Union School District
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Riverside Unified School District
  • Pasadena Unified School District

“Half a billion dollars or more, I don’t care how big the institution is. That’s game changing, and could be institution-destroying, depending on the fiscal strength of that institution and the [insurance] coverage they may have,” Bryan Elie, vice president of underwriting and product development for United Educators, told Education Week (the publication that released the report). “Regardless, it’s taxing, and that’s an impact that’s going to be felt for a while.

2023 U.S. Child Sexual Abuse Statistics

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately one in four girls and one in 13 boys experience sexual abuse at some point during their childhood.

Additionally, the following nationwide child sexual abuse statistics have been confirmed:

  • In 2016, Child Protective Services agencies substantiated, or found strong evidence to indicate that, 57,329 children were victims of sexual abuse.
  • One in nine girls and one in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault at the hands of an adult.
  • 82% of all victims under 18 are female.
  • Females ages 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.

How to File a California Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

If you or someone you know has been victimized by child sexual abuse in California, you have rights under the law and may be able to file a civil lawsuit seeking to recover compensation for damages.

Depending on the circumstances of your child sexual abuse case, the experienced attorneys at Dordulian Law Group (DLG) will fight aggressively on your behalf to secure all applicable damages through either a cash settlement or verdict:

  • Medical expenses/hospital bills
  • Therapy costs (past and future)
  • Lost income/wages
  • Lost future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress/psychological harm
  • Punitive damages (not capped in California and may be awarded to punish an odious defendant and deter others from engaging in similar behavior)

To begin the process of securing justice for your child sexual abuse case, contact DLG’s proven California sex crimes lawyers at 866-GO-SEE-SAM for a free and confidential consultation.

DLG: The Best Child Sexual Abuse Attorneys in California Offering Proven Results

DLG was founded by Sam Dordulian, a former sex crimes prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County who has obtained more than 100 jury trial victories and recovered over $100,000,000.00 in settlements and verdicts on behalf of survivors. For more than 25 years, Dordulian has been fighting for justice on behalf of victims of childhood sexual abuse.

DLG offers free and confidential child sexual abuse consultations. When you sit down with a DLG childhood sex abuse attorney, you will have an opportunity ask questions, discuss your legal options in detail, and receive an estimate for how long it may take to reach a cash settlement.

Our Sexual Assault Justice Experts are here to help survivors secure justice. Contact our top-rated attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

A dedicated member of DLG’s SAJE Team (Sexual Abuse Justice Experts) will advise you on whether or not pursuing a claim is an option and also provide an approximate value for how much your case may be worth in terms of a final settlement or verdict against your abuser.

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