IRVINE (CNS) - A Los Angeles man was arrested for allegedly exposing himself to a 9-year-old girl and assaulting her at a public library in Irvine.
Police arrested 53-year-old Christopher Eduard Friday near his home. He was released on bail Saturday, according to sheriff's inmate records.
The girl had gone with her mother the evening of March 21 to the Orange County Public Library Heritage Park Regional Branch at 13261 Yale Ave., according to Irvine police Lt. Bill Bingham.
"The victim was in the children's section when Eduard approached her," the lieutenant said. "He engaged the victim by asking her to help him film a video. Eduard gave the victim his cell phone and held cue cards for her to read aloud. During the incident Eduard exposed himself and assaulted the 9- year-old."
Detectives reviewed surveillance video at the library and surrounding area and discovered the suspect drove a green, 2019 Kia Soul, Bingham said. That led them to identify Eduard and arrest him.
"During the execution of a search warrant, evidence was located linking him to the crime," he said.
"Detectives believe Eduard may be responsible for other crimes," Bingham said.
He is described as white, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 125 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.
Anyone with information about the Irvine assault or can connect Eduard to other alleged cases could contact Det. Nate Ridlon at firstname.lastname@example.org.