Updated: County Won't Pursue Sexual Charges Against Man

Marco Morales was apprehended in the area of Hawthorne Street and Palm Avenue and arrested in a sexual battery incident involving an 11-year-old boy at the South Pasadena Public Library.

Updated: L.A. County prosecutors won't pursue charges against Marco Morales, the man arrested Monday night near the South Pasadena Library on suspicion of brushing up against a child, the Pasadena Sun reported.

It's the second time the man has been suspected of inappropriate sexual conduct at the library, the paper reported.

Earlier: Morales, 34, of Los Angeles was arrested Monday night after allegedly brushing up against an 11-year-old boy in May in the bathroom of the

Around 7:30 p.m. Monday, the alleged victim and his father were in an area of the library and saw the suspect on the street. They immediately recognized Morales from the May incident, followed him and called the police, police said. 

Morales was apprehended in the area of Hawthorne Street and Palm Avenue and arrested on suspicion of sexual battery. Police used several squad cars and a chopper to detain the suspect. 

alleged Morales was also responsible for a second sexual battery incident that occurred this summer; however, there was not enough evidence to uphold the charge. 

"We investigated him for another unrelated case that occurred in July," said Sgt. Jim Valencia. "But the DA declined to file on that case, stating not enough evidence to proceed with the filing." 

Correction: This article originally stated the sexual battery crime occurred in March. It occurred in May. Patch regrets the error.   

Just My Opinion November 15, 2011 at 08:42 PM
8 months later they recognize him on the street? How come he wasn't detained in March? Just asking. Need a lot more info on this one
Kristen Lepore (Editor) November 15, 2011 at 09:20 PM
@Just My Opinion: According to South Pasadena Police, up until this point, the May (we published March, but it was May) victim could not identity Morales as the person who assaulted him. However, now that the victim has identified the suspect, police will file charges against Morales for this case. He is being held in custody in Pasadena jail. Hope this helps clarify!
Joseph Payne November 16, 2011 at 02:43 AM
Mr. Morales was arrested in July for a separate incident at the library. He was not identified in the May incident but a composite was prepared. Mr. Morales is similar in features to the composite but identification was not confident at the time by the victim. The District Attorney declined to filed due to lack of evidence. With a more certain identification under more favorable circumstances, the case will be again presented to the District Attorney. Library Staff had been alerted to watch for Mr. Morales if he returned. This new information and pattern of conduct will all be contained in the newest filing.
Mama D November 16, 2011 at 03:37 AM
I think the staff needs to regularly check the bathrooms and sadly, parents can't let their children go to the bathroom alone. I hope this young boy gets the help he needs to recover from such a heinous experience in his young life.
Kristen Lepore (Editor) November 16, 2011 at 08:00 PM
@Joe: Thanks for the update and clarification!


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