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Man on trial in Christmas Eve sex assault

SANTA ANA – Opening statements are scheduled to begin Thursday in the trial of a Santa Ana man accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old female relative on Christmas Eve while family members were sleeping.

Jorge Miguel Gallegos, 38, of Santa Ana, faces a possible maximum sentence of life in state prison if convicted of the attack, which was interrupted when Gallegos’ wife walked into the kitchen where the assault occurred, prosecutors say.

Article Tab: Jorge Miguel Gallegos' booking photo.
Jorge Miguel Gallegos’ booking photo.

Gallegos is charged with three felony counts of lewd acts on a child younger than 14, and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime.

He also faces sentencing enhancement allegations for substantial sexual conduct with a child, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s office.

The sexual assault occurred at about 11 p.m. Dec. 24, 2009.

After Gallegos’ wife walked into the kitchen and witnessed the molestation, he ripped the telephone from the wall and threatened her not to tell anyone about the sexual assault, prosecutors say. He then fled to a friend’s house.

Gallegos’ wife called 911 and Santa Ana Police officers arrested Gallegos a short time later.

An investigation revealed that Gallegos allegedly attacked the same girl in his home between September and December 2009 – an assault that went unreported, according to the D.A.’s office.


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Decapitation suspect’s brother, woman charged as accessories

Daniel WozniakThe brother of a Costa Mesa man accused of killing two people in 2010 is one of the two people charged recently with being accessories to the crime, according to court records filed in the case.

Timothy Allen Wozniak and Lisa Gayle Golledge, both 37, were each charged with one felony count of being accessories to a murder after the fact in connection to the slayings of Samuel Herr, 26, and Herr’s friend, Irvine resident Juri “Julie” Kibuishi, 23. Golledge and Wozniak were dating at the time of the crimes, Lt. Paul Dondero told the Daily Pilot.

Wozniak and Golledge have both entered not-guilty pleas.

The alleged roles that Wozniak and Golledge played in the case were unclear, and their cities of residence could not be confirmed at the time of this report. Prosecutors and police declined to discuss the details, saying they do not want to jeopardize the case if there may be more suspects.

Prosecutors allege that Daniel Patrick Wozniak, 27, killed Herr, an Afghanistan war veteran who was his neighbor in the Camden Martinique apartment complex on Pinecreek Drive in Costa Mesa, to gain access to Herr’s bank account. Police also contend that Daniel Wozniak killed Kibuishi in Herr’s apartment in an attempt to deceive police and make Herr a suspect in her death.

Days after news of the killings, parts of Herr’s body -– including his head — were found scattered in a park in Long Beach.

Daniel Wozniak, a community playhouse actor, was eventually arrested at his bachelor party in Huntington Beach.

Daniel Wozniak has pleaded not guilty to the two felony counts of murder and denied the six sentencing enhancements he is facing. The Orange County district attorney’s office is seeking the death penalty in the case.

Timothy Wozniak was released on $20,000 bail, but Golledge remained in jail on $70,500 bail on additional charges relating to a traffic offense and abandonment and neglect of a child, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.


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Former Marine pleads not guilty to killing 6, including homeless

Itzcoatl OcampoA man accused of killing six people — four homeless men and a mother and her son — pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a Santa Ana courtroom.

Itzcoatl Ocampo, 23, wearing orange jail scrubs, appeared to be distraught in court and sometimes mumbled to himself. He is charged with six felony counts of murder with special circumstances for lying in wait and multiple murders. Ocampo’s attorney, Randall Longwith, would not say if the plea would change to a potential insanity plea. He said he was still having trouble communicating with his client.

“It’s tough,” he said. “I need to see the facts of the case and decide at what point his mental health affects the plea.”

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Ocampo is accused of stabbing four homeless men to death from Dec. 20, 2011, to Jan. 13, when he was chased by bystanders into a restaurant parking lot after a fourth victim was killed. Ocampo was arrested that night.

Two weeks later, police announced Ocampo was a suspect in the slayings of a woman and her son nearly two months before the killings of the homeless men began.Relatives of homeless victims Jim McGilivray and Lloyd “Jimmy” Middaugh attended Tuesday’s hearing. Middaugh’s mother, Marie Middaugh, 65, said she went because she wanted to see Ocampo in person, a sight that she said made her “sick” because she could not comprehend how someone could have killed her 6-foot-4, 300-pound son.

“He would have fought back,” she said.

A hearing is scheduled for March 9 in the case.


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