A registered Filipino sex offender was arrested last week for sexual assault after authorities found a 14-year-old girl earlier reported missing in his home in Santa Clarita, California, reports said.
Kaene Dean, however, denied the charges of oral copulation of a person under 16 and performing a lewd act on a child before the San Fernando Superior Court on July 20, according to a report on The Santa Clarita Valley Signal.
According to prosecutors, Dean, 26, "willfully, unlawfully and lewdly commit a lewd and lascivious act upon and with the body of (the alleged victim), who was 14 years old, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, and gratifying the lust, passions, and sexual desires of the defendant.”
Dean will appear before court once more for the preliminary hearing on August 18.
A July 21 report on the LA Times said Dean was released on bail from immigration custody after it was revealed that he was staying in the US illegally.
It added that the Filipino had been convicted of lewd conduct in public in 2008 and indecent exposure on March 14, 2014, resulting in a six-month sentence in state prison. He also received a sentence of 16 months for burglary.
Dean was able to post a $10,00 bond within six months of his detention as a result of a bond hearing initially designed to allow detainees to "reunite with their families while fighting their deportations".
A report on KTLA said Dean's latest victim was reported missing two days before she was found locked his garage on July 15.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was able to track the girl down to Dean's garage after tracing a number found on the girl's phone records to Dean himself.
According to the girl, Dean befriended and convinced her to exchange phone numbers at a grocery store. He then took her home after meeting at the same store the following day. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News