Orange County District Attorney
Press Release, For Immediate Release: July 17, 2012
Contacts: Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff, Office: 714-347-8408, Cell: 714-292-2718
Farrah Emami, Spokesperson, Office: 714-347-8405, Cell: 714-323-4486
SANTA ANA – A boxing coach will be arraigned today for sexually assaulting two 14-year-old boys, whom he met through a Santa Ana boxing club. Anthony Serrano, 45, Santa Ana, is charged with four felony counts of lewd acts on a child and faces a maximum sentence of five years in state prison if convicted. The People will be requesting Serrano be held on $200,000 bail at his arraignment today, Tuesday, July 17, 2012, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
At the time of the crimes, Serrano is accused of working as a boxing coach at Santa Ana Boxing Club. The defendant is accused of meeting both of his victims through the boxing club.
Between May and October 2006, the defendant is accused of sexually assaulting John Doe #1 beginning when the victim was 14 years old. The defendant is accused of committing lewd acts against John Doe #1 on more than one occasion in Serrano’s home.
John Doe #1 reported the sexual assault in 2008, but the case was not filed at that time due to insufficient corroboration.
Between May 2011 and April 2012, Serrano is accused of sexually assaulting John Doe #2 beginning when the victim was 14-years-old. The defendant is accused of committing lewd acts against John Doe #2 on more than one occasion in Serrano’s home.
John Doe #2 reported the sexual abuse to the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD), who investigated this case, on July 15, 2012.
If convicted, Serrano’s lifetime sex offender registration would 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 13 other cities that have enacted the Child Safety Zone Ordinance including Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, La Habra, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794 or SAPD Corporal Robert Valdez at (714) 245-8364.
Deputy District Attorney Keith Burke of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701