Older adult charged with sexually assaulting young relative in Murrieta

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An 80-year-old man accused of repeatedly sexually molesting a young relative when she stayed with him in Murrieta was charged Friday, Aug. 19, with nine counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old. Jesus Zavala was arrested recently when he tried to reenter the U.S. from Mexico, where he had allegedly fled earlier this year in the face of the allegations of sexual abuse. Zavala, who is being held on $3 million bail at the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center, was slated to make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta. According to a Murrieta police statement, the victim, identified in court documents only as “A.L.,” revealed in December 2021 that Zavala had allegedly molested her between 2018 and 2020, prompting an investigation by th
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