Child Molest Charges Added for Suspect in Wounding of Deputies

Counts against Daniel Witczak include sexual intercourse and oral copulation with a child.

A man accused of wounding two sheriff's deputies who went to his Lakeside apartment to investigate an accusation that he abused his girlfriend's daughters was formally charged Thursday with eight new counts stemming from the alleged child molestation.

Daniel Robert Witczak, 30, who was also wounded during a 15-minute gun battle with officers, was charged in late September with three counts of attempted murder of a peace officer and allegations that he used a high-powered rifle in the attack.

Prosecutors Thursday filed six charges of committing a lewd act on a child, and one count each of sexual intercourse and oral copulation with a child.

The charges allege that Witczak molested the girls, ages 6 and 8, two days before the Sept. 25 shootout with officers that left sheriff's Detective Ali Perez and Sgt. Craig Johnson wounded. Both were seriously injured, but are recovering from their wounds.

The child molestation charges add a potential 100 years to the 87 years to life in prison the defendant was already facing if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Damon Mosler.

Witczak, who is being held without bail, has a preliminary hearing set for Feb. 13.

The defendant is accused of wounding Johnson and Perez, and shooting at—but missing—a California Highway Patrol officer who responded to the
apartment in the 12700 block of Mapleview Street.

According to the suspect’s girlfriend, the events that led to the gunfire began about 7:30 a.m., when she found cell-phone photos and videos of Witczak, an out-of-work auto mechanic, allegedly engaging in sex acts with her daughters.

She said she left their apartment to call the Sheriff's Department.

Later in the morning, during a call being monitored by investigators, the suspect allegedly admitted to the crimes, claiming he had received an offer of $50,000 to post the pornographic images online.

The woman said she was still on the phone with Witczak when the detective and sergeant arrived at the couple’s apartment and, a short time later, shots rang out.

She said Witczak then got back on the line and told her he had shot himself, and she heard someone say, “Officers down.”

—City News Service

Char November 08, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Jesus! Who was it that knew this guy from Chicago and said he was a nice, honest guy! HA! This is absolutely disgusting! I hope someone watches over these poor girls, life will never be the same for them. I truly hope they have a decent mother who will get them help. I would love to see her under review before these girls get screwed up any worse. My heart goes out to the poor girls.
Doug Curlee November 09, 2012 at 12:20 AM
if everyone remembers.. the child abuse and child molest accusations were why the sheriff's deputies went to get him in the first place.. and damned near died for their troubles.. i cannot fathom anyone defending this scumbag..sure, he might have been a nice guy back wherever the hell he came from..but that was likely in the third or fourth grade.. too bad the cops were hit before they could accurately return fire..a trial for this guy is a waste of my tax dollars..and yours.. doug
Steven Bartholow (Editor) November 09, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I get the same feeling I got from John Gardner when I look at his photo.
Martha Tassi November 09, 2012 at 04:14 PM
This guy makes my skin crawl. What's really scary is that you can't tell by looking at him what a piece of excrement he is because these vermin don't glow have any distinguishing characteristics other than the eventual orange jumpsuit. The girls' mother did the absolute right thing by calling the police, but I am sickened at the price they are paying for stepping up to protect those helpless children. In the meantime let's not forget to hold our Sheriff's deputies in our hearts because they really do step up and risk it all for us. Let's keep donating blood regularly, too.
Martha Tassi November 09, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Sorry ... I got distracted and did a lousy job posting! I meant to say that the mom did the right thing and that I was sickened that the deputies paid such a price for stepping up to protect the girls. Sorry if I made your heads spin!
Steve Odland November 09, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I'm soooooo disgusted about this happing in my neighborhood, I'm too mad for words at the moment! Execute him and save the taxpayers money!
Joe Spencer November 09, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Agreed 100%....
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