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Man arrested for allegedly committing lewd act on stepdaughter

Posted: August 2, 2012 11:12 a.m.
Updated: August 2, 2012 3:34 p.m.
Lanard Heath Lanard Heath
Lanard Heath


A 30-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly molesting his 12-year-old stepdaughter after the mother discovered him on top of the girl when she came home early from work.

Detectives with the Special Victims Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrested Lanard Heath at Santa Clarita Park shortly after noon Wednesday after receiving a report from the mother about the incident, Lt. Carlos Marquez said in a news release.

According to investigators, the child’s mother returned to her Saugus home on Willow Court earlier than usual from work and went into her daughter’s room to check on her.

“When she opened the door, she observed her husband, the suspect, on top of her daughter,” Marquez said in his release.

“The mother yelled at the suspect and called 911,” after which the suspect got dressed and ran from the house, Marquez reported.

Deputies on patrol with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station found the suspect a short time later at the park on Seco Canyon Road and arrested him for committing a lewd act with a child under 14 years of age.

Heath, who turns 31 on Saturday, was booked at the local sheriff’s station on suspicion of having committed a felony, specifically on the charge of having committed a lewd act with a child under 14.

He is being held without bail.

Heath is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court on Friday.






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