Orange County District Attorney Press Release
For Immediate Release, Case # 13WF1859: July 11, 2013
*The OCDA is seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims
WESTMINSTER– Additional charges have been filed against a man for sexually assaulting a third female victim. The defendant was previously charged with sexually assaulting Jane Doe #1, a female relative, and Jane Doe #2, the 7-year-old daughter of a family friend. Bryan William Anast, 45, Corona, was charged today for Jane Doe #3 with three felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14. He was previously charged for Jane Doe #1 with three felony counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child and three felony counts of forcible lewd acts on a child under 14, and Jane Doe #2 with two felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14. Anast is also charged with one felony count of possession and control of child pornography, and he is facing sentencing enhancements for sex crimes against multiple victims and substantial sexual conduct with children. If convicted on all counts, he now faces a maximum sentence of 93 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration. The defendant is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 19, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in Department W-1, West Justice Center, Westminster.
Between Nov. 2, 1997, and Nov. 1, 2000, Anast is accused of sexually assaulting his female relative, Jane Doe #1, by forcibly digitally penetrating the victim on at least four different occasions in three different locations including Garden Grove and Stanton. The victim was 11 years old in 1997.
In May 2013, Jane Doe #1 contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to report the sexual assaults. Anast was arrested at Disneyland, where he worked as a machinist fixing rides. In his home, Anast is accused of possessing several videos of child pornography on a computer data storage device, including several possibly-amateur images of young girls. Anast was charged with the sex crimes against Jane Doe #1 and for possession of child pornography on June 24, 2013.
The ongoing investigation resulted in the identification of Jane Doe #2 and Jane Doe #3.
Between 1996 and 2000, Anast is accused of sexually assaulting the daughter of a family friend, Jane Doe #2, beginning when she was 7 years old. The defendant is accused of molesting the victim on at least two occasions by rubbing her vaginal area at his home in Orange County and her home in Los Angeles County. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting Anast for the crimes that occurred in both Orange and Los Angeles Counties.
Between April 1995 and April 1998, Anast is accused of sexually assaulting another female relative, Jane Doe #3, beginning when she was 7 years old. He is accused of rubbing the vaginal area of Jane Doe #3 on at least three different occasions at the victim’s home in Laguna Hills.
The investigation is ongoing to identify the children depicted in images found in the defendant’s computer. Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Paul Carvo at (714) 347-8794.
Anast’s mandatory lifetime sex offender registration will bar him from entering County recreational areas and City parks which have passed the Sex Offender Ordinance. Visit www.orangecountyda.com to read the prior press releases on the County’s Sex Offender Ordinance as well as the 14 other cities that have enacted the Child Safety Zone Ordinance.
Deputy District Attorney Bobby Taghavi of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff