Suspect fled to Ceres when investigation started in July


A Taft teenager has been arrested in San Joaquin County and charged with molesting a 12-year-old girl in South Taft last summer.

Adrian Perez, 18, is being held in the Kern County Sheriff’s central receiving facility on $100,000 bail.

He is facing three felony counts, including committing lewd acts with a minor.

Sgt. Martin Downs said deputies began investigating the case on July 27 after receiving reports that the 12-year-old victim had been molested by a neighbor at a home on Rose Avenue.

Perez fled the area after the victim came forward, Downs said.
On Oct. 15, deputies received information that Perez had gone to Ceres, a small town near Modesto.

The next day, detectives from the Ceres Police Department found Perez at 500 Foster Ave. in Ceres and arrested him.

Perez is scheduled to be arraigned in Taft on Wednesday.