On April 30, 2010 it was reported that an Aliso Viejo man was convicted by a jury of secretly videotaping young girls as they changed out of bathing suits during a pool party at his Aliso Viejo home. The jury also found that the man engaged in inappropriate sexual activities with another 16 year old dance student. Aliso Viejo is the home of Soka University of America, a small four-year international liberal arts college, and quietly rests between Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, and Laguna Woods.
Penal Code section 288 is a crime committed by touching a child on his or her body for the “toucher’s” own sexual gratification. This is sometimes referred to as “sexual assault,” or “lewd acts on a minor under 14,” or “lewd or lascivious conduct.” These cases often involve accusations that the child was touched or fondled on their sexual organ, or that some act of molestation took place. In addition, California prohibits the possession or distribution of child pornography, and if a minor is shown this type of material while engaging in a “lewd act,” the alleged perpetrator could suffer additional penalties and stiffer sentences.