SANTA ANA – A registered sex offender who wore a GPS ankle bracelet as a condition of parole is headed back to prison after he was convicted Monday of felony child annoyance for trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into his car.
Michael Wentworth faces a potential 25-years-to-life term in prison when sentenced by Superior Court Judge Patrick Donahue because he has prior convictions for child molestation and an attempted armed robbery in Florida.
Deputy District Attorney Brad Schoenleben argued to the jury that Wentworth, 52, had “an abnormal sexual interest” in the 14-year-old girl when he approached her three times as she was walking alone on First Street in Santa Ana at about 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 27, 2011.
The girl resisted Wentworth’s advances and refused to get into his car, Schoenleben said. Wentworth sped away when a passer-by interceded, Schoenleben said.
When Santa Ana police investigated after the good Samaritan called 911 on his cellphone and provided a license-plate number, they learned that the man who approached the girl was Wentworth.
Wentworth has a 1997 sexual-assault conviction in Los Angeles for an incident involving a 17-year-old girl he lured into his car and a 2002 conviction for lewd and lascivious acts with a minor conviction in Orange County involving a girl between 10 and 12.
By LARRY WELBORN/ THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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