A postal worker accused of chasing an 11-year-old girl into a park restroom and choking her after she laughed at him was charged Wednesday with two misdemeanor counts.
Daniel Villasenor, 55, pleaded not guilty to one count each of cruelty to a child and assault on park property.
Villasenor allegedly became angry after two children taunted him at Bristow Park in Commerce and chased the girl, who ran into the women’s restroom, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
He allegedly choked her inside a supply room adjacent to the restroom before two city workers told him to stop, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Several witnesses verified that they had seen the postal worker become angry and choke the girl, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Rich Pena.
Villasenor was arrested nearby and has remained jailed since then.
He was “placed in an emergency non-duty, non-pay status” pending an investigation, the United States Postal Service said in a statement. The agency has declined to comment on whether it had received complaints about Villasenor prior to this incidence.
Prosecutors were asking that Villasenor’s bail be set at $15,000.
If convicted, he faces up to a year in county jail, according to the District Attorney’s Office.