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SC logo squareBy Eric Heinz

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department are seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims of a man charged with sexually assaulting two boys under 14 years old, a District Attorney press release stated Monday.

Uriel Ruiz Ricardez, 24, San Clemente, was charged Friday with three felony counts of sodomy of a person under 14, five felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, with a sentencing enhancement allegation for committing lewd acts upon multiple victims. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 120 years to life in state prison. He is currently being held on a $1 million bond at the Department H-1, Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.

The victims’ parents reported the crime to OCSD, who investigated this case and arrested the defendant on Sept. 10, 2015.

According to the press release, the investigation in this case is ongoing and no further information will be disclosed at this time.

Ricardez is scheduled for pre-trial at 8:30 a.m on Monday, Sept. 21. Anyone with additional information or who believes they may have been a victim is encouraged to contact OCDA Supervising Investigator Mark Gutierrez at 714.347.8794 or OCSD Sgt. Wade Walsvick at 714.647.7418.

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