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Dental assistant accused of sexually assaulting 8-year-old patient

A Garden Grove dental assistant is accused of sexually assaulting child

A dental assistant is to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of assaulting an 8-year-old boy at a Garden Grove dental office.

Luis David Hidalgovillalta, 20, of Anaheim was charged Tuesday with one felony count of committing lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, the Orange County district attorney's office said in a statement.

Hidalgovillalta is accused of assaulting the boy Aug. 4. during an appointment at a Garden Grove dental facility.

The boy's parents reported the suspected sexual assault to a staff member, who contacted police, prosecutors said.

Hidalgovillalta faces a maximum sentence of eight years in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration if convicted.

He is currently free on $100,000 bail.

Prosecutors said that anyone with information on the case should investigator Paul Carvo at (714) 347-8794.

[For the Record 11:33 a.m. PST Sept. 3: An earlier version of this post identified Luis Hidalgovillalta as a dental hygienist. He was a dental assistant.]

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