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05/08/10: Man, 33, assaults teen girls


Whittier Daily News


LOS ANGELES - A federal grand jury indicted a 33-year-old Monrovia man Tuesday, claiming he seduced 10 teenage girls over the Internet, had sex with them and took pornographic photos of the girls.

The indictment accuses 33-year-old Gregory Serrano of San Gabriel of 23 crimes, including using the Internet to entice minors, producing and possessing child pornography and destroying evidence.

Local authorities have charged Serrano, a graduate of Walnut High School, with 20 additional counts of child molestation stemming from incidents dating to June 2006.

Gregory Scott Serrano, 33, of Monrovia, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles on charges of production of child pornography, using the Internet to entice minors to produce child pornography and to meet for sex, receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography and attempted destruction of evidence. (Courtesy Photo)
used "social networking sites on the Internet to convince high school-age girls to have sex with him and pose for pornographic pictures," U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Thom Mrozek said in a written statement.

Monrovia police Lt. Richard Wagnon described the allegations against Serrano as one of the worst child molestation cases he's ever seen.

Ten girls between the ages of 13 and 17 have been identified as victims. Officials believe other victims have yet to come forward, said United Stated Attorney Joey Blanch.

Investigators discovered pornographic photographs in Serrano's possession that depict victims other than the 10 already identified, Blanch said.

Serrano used Web sites like myspace.com, netlog.com and myyearbook.com to target his victims, Mrozek said.

Serrano was arrested March 12 after a 15-year-old girl told her parents he had allegedly molested her, Wagnon said.

Mrozek said Serrano allegedly posed as a 19-year-old and contacted the girl via Netlog and MySpace before convincing her to sneak out to meet him while her parents were asleep.

"Serrano picked her up in his car and took her back to his home," Mrozek said. "There, he allegedly offered her alcohol, engaged in sex with her and took pornographic pictures

of her."

Police searched Serrano's home the day they arrested him, Blanch said.

The federal indictment alleges Serrano had child pornography on a computer hard drive, compact discs and a cell phone.

The indictment also alleges that Serrano, after his arrest, asked family members to retrieve a compact disc from his basement and hide it, Mrozek said. The disc was later found to contain child pornography and logs of e-mail conversations between Serrano and his alleged victims.

A Netlog profile apparently created by Serrano features a photograph of him wearing only a towel and lists 27 young girls as his online "friends." Twenty-three of them are minors.

Serrano claimed to be a 17-year-old student on the page and listed his hobbies as "photography and kissing."

The investigation was carried out by the Monrovia Police Department and the FBI's Felony Enforcement Task Force, Mrozek said.

If convicted on all counts, Serrano faces life in prison.

Serrano is scheduled to be arraigned June 6 in Pasadena Superior court.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the FBI's Los Angeles Office at (310) 477-6565.