The man arrested today in the investigation of the kidnap-murder of a five-year-old girl, was accused two years ago with molesting two girls under the age of 14. Alejandro Avila was found innocent by Riverside County jury.
Deputy District Attorney Paul Dickerson says of the case two years ago: "I felt the guy was guilty and did everything I could to try and get him convicted."
The body of Samantha Runnion, who was kidnapped in Orange County Monday evening, was found in neighboring Riverside County on Tuesday.
Concerning today's arrest, the Riverside County prosecutor in the molestation trial of Avila two years ago says: "I feel horrible. You can't imagine how bad I feel about this ... I'm going to live with this for the rest my life."