Former pediatrician volunteer takes plea deal
VICTORVILLE • A man accused of using his volunteer position at a Barstow pediatrician’s office to help him contact underage girls through Facebook entered into a plea deal on Friday.
Brandon Lopez pled guilty to arranging a meeting with a minor with sexual interest, a felony, after the prosecution dropped three other charges including lewd or lascivious acts with a child, also a felony.
Under the California Penal Code, the crime for which Lopez was convicted requires the defendant to register as a sex offender for life.
Lopez, 20, was sentenced Friday at the Victorville courthouse to 300 days in a San Bernardino County jail, minus 150 days for time served. Lopez also was sentenced to three years of supervised probation, according to court records.
Lopez was arrested Sept. 19 after a sting operation conducted by the Barstow Police Department. He was suspected of performing a lewd act with a 12-year-old girl he met through Facebook. Authorities from the BPD created a fictitious Facebook account of a 13-year-old girl and arranged to meet with Lopez near Second Avenue and Buena Vista Street.
According to previous reports, the 12-year-old victim told her mother that Lopez contacted her and performed a lewd act on her after an in-person meeting.
Lopez allegedly obtained information from patient medical records while volunteering at a pediatrician’s office and would then contact the victims online, according to previous reports. Investigators believe there could have been multiple victims, including another occasion where Lopez tried to lure the victim into having sex at his house.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.