“Parents should know, it’s not the person, not the creepy guy in the street that you should always look out for. Sometimes it’s someone close to you; someone that’s shaking your hand every day.”
( Los Angeles Police Department / October 9, 2013 )
Marcelo Lozano, 34, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading no contest to sexually assaulting young boys he met as an usher for a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Sun Valley.
The alleged assaults took place between Jan. 1, 2006 and June 30 of this year at Lozano’s home in North Hollywood, along with other locations. Authorities say the abuse did not occur at the church.
Lozano was arrested on July 29. He pleaded no contest Sept. 12 to two counts of continuous sexual abuse and one count of oral copulation of a person under 14.
Police said the suspect used his position as an usher to meet and befriend his victims… The 34-year-old met his alleged victims through the Jehovahs Witnesses Sun Valley Spanish congregation, where he was an usher. The boys were between eight and 11 years old at the time.
Los Angeles police are asking families, especially in the San Fernando Valley, to take a good look at the booking photo of Marcelo Alonzo Lozano.
The 34-year-old was charged July 31 with nine felony counts that he sexually abused four boys. He pleaded not guilty and his bail was set at $1.8 million.
Before his arrest for alleged serial child sex assault, Lozano worked as an usher at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Sun Valley.
Investigators now worry for the children he may have met there.
“He had been there for about six years. This is where it leads detectives to believe there may be more possible victims. This is where we need the public’s help,” LAPD Officer Cleon Joseph said.
Police allege Lozano preyed on children between 8 to 15 years old.
Worshippers at Sun Valley Kingdom Hall, where the suspect worked, drove by without comment Friday night.
Police are hopeful adults will talk to their children and let detectives know if the Lozano case hits home.