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    Man arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting girl in Garden Grove
    • October 21, 2023

    A 32-year-old man was arrested in Garden Grove this week on suspicion of sexually assaulting a girl, and police are asking any additional victims to come forward.

    Eric Andrew Carino of Garden Grove was taken into custody Friday morning, Garden Grove police Sgt. Mark Lord said. A search warrant for Carino’s home led investigators to find evidence related to the case. Police did not specify what they found.

    Eric Andrew Carino, 32, of Garden Grove. (Courtesy of Garden Grove Police Department)

    Police accused Carino of reaching out to the girl, whose age was not released by authorities, on  social media and asking to meet with her, knowing she was underage, Lord said. The social media platform was not named.

    The girl agreed to meet, but asked to go home shortly after the meeting time, Lord said.

    Carino is accused of taking her to his home, where he sexually assaulted her. He then drove her home and blocked her on the app.

    The girl identified Carino as the suspect and DNA evidence was being processed by the Orange County Crime Lab, Lord said.

    During the investigation, police found Carino was linked to another sexual assault case from 2021. They did not provide details.

    Carino is being held in jail on $150,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, inmate records show.

    Anyone with information about the case, or any others involving Carino, was asked to call Detective Adam Nikolic at 714-741-5877, or by email at [email protected].

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    ​ Orange County Register