Orange County District Attorney Press Release
For Immediate Release, Case # 12NF0653: June 19, 2014
SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today of sexually assaulting two boys, ages 9 to 11, and possessing graphic amateur and commercial child pornography featuring young boys. Oscar Manuel Vaquera, 39, Anaheim, was found guilty by a jury of two felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, two felony counts of possession of child pornography, and one felony count of distributing child pornography with sentencing enhancement allegations for lewd acts against more than one victim and substantial sexual conduct with a child. He faces a maximum sentence of 33 years to life in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration at his sentencing Aug. 8, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-34, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
At the time of the crimes, Vaquera lived in a bedroom in an Anaheim house. Other people, to whom the defendant was not related, also lived in other bedrooms in the home. Vaquera drilled a hole from his closet into the bathroom and secretly photographed and recorded young boys as they used the restroom and showered.
On one occasion between 2007 and 2008, Vaquera sexually assaulted 11-year-old John Doe #1 while the victim stayed overnight in the defendant’s home while visiting a family member. The defendant touched John Doe #1’s penis while the victim was sleeping. Vaquera recorded the sexual assault. This case went unreported at the time.
On one occasion between 2009 and 2011, Vaquera sexually assaulted John Doe #2 when the victim was between 9 and 11 years old. The victim is not related to the defendant. The defendant touched the victim’s penis while the victim was awake and video-recorded the sexual assault. This case also went unreported.
In 2011, the Anaheim Police Department (APD) began investigating a case of possession of child pornography after tracing a download of commercial child pornography to the defendant’s home.
On March 1, 2012, APD searched the defendant’s home related to the child pornography investigation. The defendant was in possession of videos and photographs of graphic child pornography on his computer. He possessed both commercial and amateur child pornography images featuring young boys. The defendant was arrested at the scene.
APD discovered the sexual assaults against John Doe #1 and John Doe #2 in the course of the investigation.
Deputy District Attorney Jess Rodriguez 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