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Tattoo Artist Allegedly Molested Teen Girls

Mission Viejo's Edder Giovani Nieves-Vera is suspected of plying two 14-year-olds with alcohol after meeting one via Facebook. He was captured in Dana Point.

A tattoo artist was behind bars Wednesday on suspicion of molesting two 14-year-old girls.

Edder Giovani Nieves-Vera, a 29-year-old Mission Viejo resident, was arrested at Dana Point Harbor by the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force, which consists of federal and Orange County law enforcement personnel.

On Dec. 21, the parents of a 14-year-old girl told authorities a man had contacted their daughter on Facebook, offering her a free tattoo, drugs and alcohol, said Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino. The girl and her friend, also 14, met with Nieves-Vera on Dec. 15 at his home in Mission Viejo, where he allegedly offered them drugs and gave them alcohol and tattoos, Amormino said.

"He engaged in highly inappropriate conduct, including sexual advances,'' Amormino said.

In 2004, Nieves-Vera, 29, was arrested by Murrieta police for child annoyance and having false identifying documents, Amormino said. In that case he drove up to a 14-year-old girl walking to school, offering to give her a ride, touch her and take her photo, Amormino said.

Nieves-Vera was sentenced to three years in prison in that case and then deported, Amormino said.

On Jan. 11, investigators started chatting with Nieves-Vera online, with agents pretending to be the 14-year-old girl, Amormino said.

When Nieves-Vera showed up for a meeting to finish the girl's tattoo Tuesday afternoon at the harbor, investigators were waiting with handcuffs, Amormino said.

Nieves-Vera was being held without bail in the Orange County Jail, where he was booked on suspicion of child molestation and communicating with a minor online for sexual purposes, Amormino said.

Anyone with information on the case was asked to call sheriff's investigators at 714-647-7000.

--City News Service

Rebecca Goddard January 17, 2013 at 02:28 AM
I bet he can get a driver's license.
Sherwood January 17, 2013 at 10:56 AM
I'm glad he was caught and is being held without bail. At least he's behind bars for a while!
Liz January 17, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Obama will make sure he gets one.
Engines January 17, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Give me a break, he's an illegal and you start the article with "Mission Viejo's Edder Giovani Nieves-Vera" and a headline that say he's a Tattoo artist.... all like he's some big celebrity. I saw this first this morning in the LA Times and this article looks to be an exact copy. Anyway what the hell is going on when a business owner like myself, constantly bombarded w county, state and Fed regulations to keep the business current, actually does so? Yet a person illegally entering this country then returns after deportation only to set up shop in a tony area such as MV and we actually trade with this jerk....who then takes advantage of our kids. HERE THIS---> I say SHAME ON US FOR LETTING THIS HAPPEN!
rita marie January 30, 2013 at 03:44 AM
Pathetic how the girls let him do this all for a free tattoo. It's both their faults.

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