Did Driving Instructor Beat and Imprison Child?

Did Driving Instructor Beat and Imprison Child?

HAWTHORNE, CA—What drives a person to harm, molest and unlawfully restrain a child?

Jorge Eduardo Lopez, 33, may know the answer. Hawthorne police arrested the Los Angeles resident on Wednesday, August 13 at approximately 3:30 p.m. along the 13100 block of Shoup Avenue in Hawthorne. The 5’3”, 125-lb. driving instructor was charged with three related offenses: false imprisonment (236PC), attempted sexual battery by restraint (243.4(A)PC) and the curiously named “annoy/etc child under 18” (647.6(A)PC).

Police recorded Lopez's arrest in this Hawthorne neighborhood.

Police recorded Lopez’s arrest in this Hawthorne neighborhood.

That curiously named charge is described in two parts under the California Penal Code as: “647.6. (a) (1) Every person who annoys or molests any child under 18 years of age shall be punished by a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars ($5,000), by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both the fine and imprisonment. – (2) Every person who, motivated by an unnatural or abnormal sexual interest in children, engages in conduct with an adult whom he or she believes to be a child under 18 years of age, which conduct, if directed toward a child under 18 years of age, would be a violation of this section, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars ($5,000), by imprisonment in a county jail for up to one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment.”

For all three charges, the total bail was set at $80,000. Of that amount, the third charge, 647.6(A)PC, clocked in at just $5,000.

Did Driving Instructor Beat and Imprison Child? was last modified: August 22nd, 2014 by admin
Categories: Los Angeles

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