ELAC Student Charged in Sexual Assault of Teen Girl

August 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

East Los Angeles Community College student Joao Affonso, 27, was arrested July 21 and charged with three sex- related counts in the sexual assault of 16-year-old fellow student.

East Los Angeles Community College student Joao Affonso, 27, was arrested July 21 and charged with three sex- related counts in the sexual assault of 16-year-old fellow student.

Police Tuesday announced the arrest of an East Los Angeles College student who allegedly befriended and sexually assaulted a 16-year-old fellow student, and investigators said they suspect there may be other victims.

Joao Affonso, 27, was arrested July 21 and later charged with three sex- related counts, to which he pleaded not guilty. He has since been released on $200,000 bond, police said.

Los Angeles Police Capt. Ruby Flores, commanding officer of the LAPD’s Hollenbeck division, said the alleged victim told investigators that Affonso befriended her at East Los Angeles College, where both attended classes.

“She relayed to family members that she had met an individual, Mr. Affonso, and he befriended her and started wooing her by asking her to study, go get coffee, kind of hang out with her, become friends,” Flores said.

“Ultimately it progressed where … the suspect eventually lured the juvenile victim to his place of residence here in Boyle Heights. He did sexually assault her.”

Police said they are aware of at least one other possible victim, although detectives were still investigating that case. But Flores said police fear there may be other victims who have not come forward.

“We do have a tendency for victims of domestic violence or rape or sexual assault not to come forward, so we’re using this as an opportunity again to encourage women to know and understand what a healthy relationship is all about — what they should tolerate, what they should not and what is illegal,” Flores said.

The captain also said victims “can come forward without any fear of deportation or any questions about their (immigration) status.”

Any other possible victims or anyone with information about Affonso was asked to call police at (323) 342-8900.

Affonso is due back in court Monday. He was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and one count of oral copulation with a minor.

Suspect in Eastside Church Assault Arrested

May 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

BOYLE HEIGHTS (CNS) – A 50-year-old man is being held in a Los Angeles jail on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman in a Boyle Heights church, and police are seeking additional victims.

The attack occurred around 10:40 a.m. on May 6 in the sacristy of Resurrection Church on Opal Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The victim defended herself and her resistance caused the man to flee the church grounds in his vehicle, police said. The suspect’s vehicle was later located and impounded by police.

The suspect was identified by police as James Melendez of Los Angeles. He was arrested May 9 on suspicion of assault with the intent to commit sexual assault. He’s being held in lieu of $125,000, according to online inmate records.

Anyone with information about additional victims was asked to call the LAPD’s Hollenbeck Area Detectives-Sex Crimes Detail at (323) 342-8995.

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