Two girls sexually assaulted at library

DOWNEY - Police have arrested a 28-year-old Bell Gardens man after he allegedly sexually assaulted two young children at the Downey City Library.Daniel Ignacio Gil was arrested at his home Tuesday night on allegations that he assaulted a 6- and 9-year-old girl, police said in a press release. The attacks occurred April 12 and April 19. Downey police were notified April 13 that a man had committed a lewd act upon a 6-year-old girl at the library the previous day. Gil allegedly asked the girl to help him get a book. As she leaned over to grab the book, Gil assaulted her and fled the scene, police said. Following the second attack on April 19, the 9-year-old victim immediately told her mother, who alerted library staff members to the suspect. Gil was able to evade a library assistance and escaped, but not before a witness was able to write down a partial license plate number, police said. Downey detectives were able to use the information to identify Gil. Gil is behind held in Men's Central Jail on $200,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Downey Superior Court on May 14. The Los Angeles District Attorney's office charged Gil with two felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts upon a minor, which carries a possible sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

********** Published: April 30, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 2