According to the Los Angeles Daily News, a man who owns a driving school company is accused of molesting a 17 year old boy. Police also fear there may be other victims. Joselito Valencia Danan is a 44 year old owner of Valleywide Driving School which is based in Granada Hills. He is charged with misdemeanor sexual battery of a juvenile after being accused of fondling a teenage boy during his driving lesson.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is also seeking information from other potential victims who may have been molested by the man.
This event took place on August 16, when the driving lesson occurred. The LAPD always prosecutes sex crimes to the fullest extent of the law, especially when the accused works with underage people. Teachers, driving instructors, coaches and others will face severe penalties if they are arrested for and charged with a sex crime with an underage person.
Punishments for sex crimes such as the ones the driving instructor faces include:
- Being placed on the sex offender registry. Inclusion on the Meghan’s Law List could ruin a person’s chances of getting a job, moving into a neighborhood and more. In fact, when a criminal defense attorney represents someone accused of a sex crime, this is always a big concern.
- Jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, which includes the sex acts, the age of the victim, the number of occurrences and so forth, jail time could be severe. To make matters worse, people charged with sex crimes against children are treated very brutally in prison.
- Probation. Probation may not sound like a big deal, but if the person on probation gets arrested for any other reason, DUI, theft crime or even something minor, it could lead directly to jail time.
- Fines. There are a number of fines and restitution programs for sex offenders.