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article imageSchool janitor convicted of molesting special needs student

By Salim Jiwa     Dec 3, 2009 in Crime
A school janitor at an Orange County, California high school held up as a model of excellence, has been convicted of sexually assaulting a special needs student. The janitor faces more than 12 years in jail.
SANTA ANA , California - A high school janitor lured a special education student into his campus office with gifts of money and candy before sexually assaulting the child.
Luis Antonio Mejia, 50, of Orange, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of sexual penetration by foreign objects of an incompetent victim and several other counts. He faces 12 years and eight months in jail when he is sentenced on Feb. 5, 2010.
"At the time of the crime, Mejia had worked as a janitor at El Modena High School in Orange for 12 years," said the Orange County District Attorney's office in an emailed press statement.
"Between Dec. 1, 2008, and April 30, 2009, he sexually assaulted Jane Doe, a special education student. Over the course of several months, Mejia groomed Jane Doe by giving her gifts, money, and candy. He exchanged written notes with the victim, including "I love you" cards and more than 100 calls and text messages during a 1-month period," the DA's office said.
"On several occasions, Mejia sexually assaulted the victim in his office at the school and instructed another janitor, who was unaware of the sexual assault, to cover a video surveillance camera with tape when he went into his office alone with the victim," said a statement.
A friend of Jane Doe reported the inappropriate relationship to the school principal. The school contacted the Orange Police Department, who investigated this case.
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