A Spring Valley man described by a prosecutor as “every parent’s nightmare” pleaded innocent Friday to 14 counts of engaging in lewd acts with minors, which he allegedly videotaped.
Municipal Court Judge Nicholas Kasimatis set bail at $100,000 for Gerald Worsley, who is charged with 14 sex-related crimes involving four young girls who lived near him.
Two of the victims were 11 years old, one was 7 and the other recently turned 15. All of the charges are felonies except one involving the oldest victim, which must be charged as a misdemeanor because of her age.
Three videotapes seized during Worsley’s arrest Tuesday, each apparently filmed within the past five months, also allegedly show the defendant engaged in sexual acts with children as young as 5 or 6 years old, Deputy Dist. Atty. Rick Clabby said outside court.
“He was soliciting them to pose for him in compromising positions,” Clabby said. “We’re trying to identify more victims because there are more children appearing on the videotapes that were seized.”
Worsley pleaded no contest two years ago in San Diego Municipal Court to a plea-bargained charge of indecent exposure involving a minor and was under a court order not to be in the presence of anyone under the age of 18 without another adult present.
“There was very substantial sexual contact in that case also, very similar to these charges,” Clabby told the judge. “This man is every parent’s nightmare.”
Worsley, an unemployed former airline mechanic, was arrested after a mother of one of the girls called police when her daughter told her about the videos.
Authorities say Worsley would invite the girls over to his house to use the swimming pool, and sometimes they would spend the night or go with him on overnight trips.