Orange County District Attorney

01/03/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/03/2018 18:26

GARDEN GROVE CHURCH VOLUNTEER SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON FOR CONTINUALLY SEXUALLY ABUSING 14-YEAR-OLD CHURCH MENTEE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Case # 14WF4071

Date: January 3, 2018

GARDEN GROVE CHURCH VOLUNTEER SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON FOR CONTINUALLY SEXUALLY ABUSING 14-YEAR-OLD CHURCH MENTEE

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A Garden Grove church volunteer was sentenced today to five years in state prison for continually sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl he mentored at church.

Defendant

Charges

Sentence

Vincent Daniel Lavello, 53, Garden Grove

Pleaded guilty on Aug. 17, 2015, to the following felony counts:

  • (3) Lewd acts upon a child
  • Unlawful sexual intercourse

Five years in state prison

Register as a sex offender pursuant to PC 290

Circumstances of the Case

  • At the time of the crimes, Lavello was in a position of trust as a church volunteer in Garden Grove, where he met 14-year-old Jane Doe.
  • Between June 20, 2014, and July 20, 2014, the defendant committed lewd acts upon Jane Doe on multiple occasions and engaged in unlawful sexual intercourse with the victim.
  • Lavello groomed Jane Doe by providing financial assistance to the victim's family, helping them get an apartment, and buying the victim gifts.
  • In August 2015, inappropriate text messages from the defendant to Jane Doe were discovered and reported to the Garden Grove Police Department (GGPD), who investigated this case.
  • GGPD officers arrested the defendant on Aug. 17, 2015.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Lexie Elliott, Sexual Assault Unit