SANTA ANA – A Boston man was convicted and sentenced today to eight years in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in 1995, contacting her in 2011 through Facebook, and flying out to Southern California to meet her again. Vanna Hong, 45, Boston, MA, pleaded guilty today to three felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14. The People were able to file this case beyond the statute of limitations based on clear and convincing admissible evidence that corroborates the victim’s allegations.
In January 1995, 28-year-old Hong met 12-year-old Jane Doe when she was visiting Orange County from Rhode Island. He drove to California a few times to visit her and then flew roundtrip to sexually assault Jane Doe several more times during that year.
Between January 1995 and February 1995, Hong took Jane Doe to a Garden Grove motel and had unlawful sexual intercourse with her.
Between March 1, 1995, and Feb. 29, 1996, he took the victim to The Alamo Inn in Anaheim several times and engaged in unlawful sexual intercourse, orally copulating and digitally penetrating the victim.
Between March 1, 1996, and Sept. 30, 1996, Hong committed aggravated sexual assault on Jane Doe by forcibly raping her.
In January 2011, Hong contacted Jane Doe online through Facebook to visit the victim and meet her to continue their sexual relationship. The defendant then arranged the visit.
On Aug. 17, 2011, Jane Doe contacted law enforcement about the sexual assault against her when she was a child and an investigation was initiated.
On June 1, 2012, the defendant was arrested when he arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport to meet the victim.
Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Nichols of the Sexual Assault Unit prosecuted this case.
Orange County District Attorney / Case # 12NF1757 / March 28, 2014