A Valencia man accused of child annoyance was held to answer Friday in San Fernando at Los Angeles Superior Court.
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Yale Yurman, 65, is being charged with annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18 with a prior conviction, a court official said Friday.
At Friday’s preliminary hearing, deputy district attorney Laura Knight-Jackson presented the case against Yurman, and he is due back for a formal plea Oct. 11.
Yurman was arrested in July after Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies received complaints that Yurman allegedly was following children and filming them, said Sheriff’s Station Deputy Josh Dubin, at the time of the arrest.
“(Deputies) received numerous reports regarding this individual,” Dubin said. “Our detectives immediately began an investigation and ultimately served a search warrant on the suspect’s residence this morning.”
There was evidence at Yurman’s house on the 23700 block of Hickory Court in Valencia, which led to his arrest, Dubin said.
Sheriff’s Station detectives were alerted to Yurman’s activities by Target loss-prevention officers, who received a report from customers and contacted deputies with their information.
Deputies were told a man was following a young girl and videotaping her while she was walking around inside Target located on Magic Mountain Parkway in Valencia on Tuesday afternoon.
Detectives were able to identify four locations where the suspect would follow the girls.
Three of the locations were in the Santa Clarita Valley.
These locations were identified as Target, Walmart and the Real Life Church in Valencia.
Another location was the Santa Monica pier, according to a Sheriff’s Station news release.
Yurman is being held on $1 million bail.
Yurman has four offenses listed on the Megan’s Law website, including a child annoyance charge. The other counts are for lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.
California’s Megan’s Law provides the public with certain information on the whereabouts of sex offenders so that members of our local communities may protect themselves and their children.
California has required sex offenders to register with their local law enforcement agencies since 1947.
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Source: Santa Clarita News