The Saugus man charged with two felony counts of sex charges involving a minor pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday, District Attorney’s officials said.
Kaene Dean, a 26-year-old Filipino male resident of Santa Clarita, was charged with one count of oral copulation of a person under 16 and one charge of performing a lewd act on a child, said Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office.
Dean is due back in court on August 18 for a preliminary setting date.
Original Sheriff press release, July 15:
The parents of a young, teenage girl reported her missing to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Tuesday, July 14, at 9:30 pm after they discovered her missing from home.
Due to the minor’s age, the missing girl was considered to be a “Critical Missing Person.” Deputies from Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station began a search operation to locate the girl. While patrol deputies searched the community, investigators checked her phone records.
Deputies called a phone number found on her phone records, and a man, later identified as suspect Kaene Dean, answered the phone. He denied knowing the whereabouts of the missing girl.
Sheriff’s deputies went to the home of the suspect, where they were allowed inside by the suspect’s parents. Deputies soon found the victim inside the garage prior to 2 a.m. The victim told deputies she had been befriended by the suspect the previous day while at a grocery store in the Santa Clarita area and that he had sexually assaulted her.
Suspect Kaene Dean (aka Keane) is a 26-year-old Filipino male resident of Santa Clarita.
Suspect Dean is a registered sex offender due to a conviction for indecent exposure in the City of Glendale. He is on parole for burglary.
Dean was arrested and booked at Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau investigators are asking any adults or children who have had contact with Suspect Dean to contact Special Victims Bureau Investigators.