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Aguanga man convicted of numerous sexual crimes against teen runaways

 

Last updated 12/20/2017 at Noon



link MURRIETA – A 55-year-old Aguanga man has been convicted of sodomy, kidnapping, solicitation of murder and 19 other felonies involving two underage runaway boys, according the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

link The Riverside County jury convicted Randy John Morasch of the 22 felony counts, Dec. 7, including kidnapping, solicitation of murder, sodomy by force or fear, oral copulation by force or fear, dissuading a victim or witness and assault with a gun, among other heinous crimes, against two teenage boys. Jurors deliberated for two and a half hours. Morasch is looking at life in prison without possibility of parole, District Attorney Mike Hestrin said in a news release.

His crimes began in 2005 in an Anza feed store when he met an underage 16-year-old runaway boy, according to the release. Morasch invited the boy to live at his home after which the forced sexual assaults began.

Morasch threatened the boy with violence and told him he was affiliated with an outlaw motorcycle gang and could have him killed if he tried to leave the house. Court testimony showed that Morasch even fired a gun at the boy during one attempted escape.

The second victim was a 17-year-old runaway who Morasch met in 2013. Morasch provided him with drugs, and the boy moved into the home. Morasch sexually assaulted the boy, threatening him with violence and pointing a loaded handgun at him at various times. Ultimately, the boy returned to his parents’ home. He disclosed to them what Morasch had done to him, and the crimes were reported to law enforcement.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department major crimes detectives in conducting the investigation sought to arrest Morasch. However, before he could be arrested, Morasch rented a car and drove to Sacramento, California. There, the news release said, he was involved in a high-speed chase with California Highway Patrol officers. After he crashed his car, CHP officers found a fake beard, hair dye and two firearms in his vehicle. He was arrested.

The crimes didn’t stop after his arrest, the news release said. Once in custody, Morasch contacted his stepson, Dennis James “DJ” Harrison who lived in Anza, in an attempt to intimidate or kill the two victims. Morasch told Harrison that if the victims recanted or were unable to testify, he would go free.

link Morasch’s instructions to Harrison were recorded in calls to the jail and in a detailed letter to his stepson. Harrison, 32, from Anza was arrested and charged with two counts of dissuading a victim or witness and was sentenced to six years in state prison after pleading guilty in court, July 14, according to the district attorney’s office.

linklink The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Marcus Garrett of the district attorney’s major crimes unit.

 

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