On Wednesday, September 23rd, SCV Sheriff Station deputies responded to a call at a Newhall business where a man was allegedly staring at young girls. When police investigated further, they found that the man was not only staring at the girls but that he had stood in front of them while masturbating.
The suspect, C.L. Canino appeared to be under the influence of some substance when police made contact with the suspect. He was arrested on suspicion of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18, and for being under the influence of a controlled substance. As it turns out, the suspect also had prior convictions.
Under the influence of a controlled substance is covered under California Health and Safety Code 1155HS and makes it a crime for any person to be under the influence of a controlled substance or narcotic drug. Violating the law is considered a misdemeanor that is punishable by up to one year in county jail.
In some cases, the defendant may qualify for a drug diversion treatment program. These programs allow non-violent drug offenders to serve their sentence in a drug treatment program instead of jail or prison.
The other crime Canino was charged with, that of annoying or molesting a child, is covered under California Penal Code 647.6 PC and can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances of the case and the defendant’s prior criminal history. If charged as a misdemeanor, the potential penalties include up to 1 year in county jail and a fine of up to $5,000. Felony charges bear the consequences of up to 3 years in California state prison.
Some suspects who have been arrested and taken into custody have been released several hours later due to Corona Virus regulations. Some suspects, who are perceived to be a danger to the community, are not released.