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Child molester to be sentenced to five years of prison

VISTA – A man who propositioned girls at the Fallbrook apartment building he managed and grabbed an 11-year-old girl near a bus stop, telling her he wanted to have sex with her, is scheduled to be sentenced today at the Vista Courthouse.

Enrique Lopez Torres, 55, pleaded guilty Dec. 29 to two counts of false imprisonment and one count each of committing a lewd act on a child 14 or 15 and possession of child pornography.

As part of his plea bargain, Torres will be sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

The defendant was arrested last Sept. 10 after he was seen propositioning young girls in his building and at the nearby bus stop, authorities said.

A day before his arrest, Torres grabbed an 11-year-old girl\'s hand, holding onto it until she broke free. The incident occurred in the 200 block of Clemmens Lane, near the school bus stop, according to the San Diego County Sheriff\'s Department.

Sheriff\'s deputies were keeping surveillance of the same bus stop when they spotted Torres in front of an apartment complex at 233 W. Clemmens Lane, watching and waving to two girls on Sept. 10. He blocked the girls\' paths and spoke to them, deputies said.

Because he matched the description of the man in the hand-grabbing incident, Torres was arrested on suspicion of three counts of annoying or molesting a child and one count of false imprisonment with violence, according to the sheriff\'s department.

A later search of Torres\' home yielded several Polaroid photographs of girls 10 to 15 years old in the nightstand next to his bed, deputies said, adding that some of the girls had been photographed in sex acts with him.

Torres was re-booked on three counts of committing a lewd act with a child and 24 counts of possessing child pornography.

Torres has lived in Downey in Southeast Los Angeles County, on Kellogg Drive in San Marcos and possibly in Escondido.

His known aliases are Enrique Lopez, Fernando Hank Lopez, Hank Fernando Lopez, Enrique Enrique, Enrique Fernando Lopez and Enrique Torres Lopez, according to the sheriff\'s department.

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A man who propositioned young girls at the Fallbrook apartment building he managed and grabbed an 11-year-old girl near a bus stop, telling her he wanted to have sex with her, pleaded guilty on December 29 to felony charges.

Enrique Lopez Torres will be sentenced on January 28 to five years in prison, said Deputy District Attorney Kelly Mok. Torres will also be required to register as a sex offender for life.

The defendant pleaded guilty on December 29 – the day his preliminary hearing was to take place – to two counts of false imprisonment and one count each of committing a lewd act on a child 14 or 15 and possession of child pornography.

“[Torres] will be registered as a sex offender and will have to serve his prison term, but most importantly, the victims will be saved from having to testify during the trial,” said Mok.

Torres was arrested September 10 by Sheriff’s detective Dan Laibach after he was seen propositioning young girls in his building and at the nearby bus stop.

A day before his arrest, Torres grabbed an 11-year-old girl’s hand, holding onto it until she broke free. The incident occurred in the 200 block of Clemmens Lane, near the school bus stop, and was reported by the school bus driver.

Sheriff’s deputies placed the bus stop under surveillance and spotted Torres in front of an apartment complex at 233 W. Clemmens Lane, watching and waving to two girls on Sept. 10. He blocked the girls’ paths and spoke to them, said Laibach.

Because he matched the description of the man in the hand-grabbing incident, Torres was arrested on suspicion of three counts of annoying or molesting a child and one count of false imprisonment with violence.

Later, a search of Torres’ home yielded several Polaroid photographs of girls 10 to 15 years old in the nightstand next to his bed, deputies said, adding that some of the girls had been photographed in sex acts with him.

Torres was re-booked on three counts of committing a lewd act with a child and 24 counts of possessing child pornography.

Torres has lived in Downey in Southeast Los Angeles County, on Kellogg Drive in San Marcos, and possibly in Escondido.

His known aliases are Enrique Lopez, Fernando Hank Lopez, Hank Fernando Lopez, Enrique Enrique, Enrique Fernando Lopez and Enrique Torres Lopez, according to the Sheriff’s department.

“Each [molestation] case is very different,” said Mok. “During plea negotiations, we consider the victims’ input, the defendant’s history and the case’s facts. Considering these three elements, this was an appropriate plea.”

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