Sexual Predator Suspect Arrested

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release 

Mario Gonzalez Solano

Between July of 2015 and April of 2018, Mario Gonzalez Solano preyed on female juvenile runaways from the Camarillo area by enticing them with drugs and alcohol.

On June 4, 2018, deputies responded to the report of a sexual assault of a 17 year old female. During this investigation, Mario Solano was identified as the suspect. On June 6, 2018, detectives conducted an operation where they solicited Solano, posing as a 16 year old girl and seeking a sexual relationship with him. Solano agreed to pick ‘her’ up and traveled from Thousand Oaks to Camarillo, with the understanding he would be engaging in sexual relations with a minor. Upon arrival at the pre-planned location, Solano was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility. The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office subsequently filed one felony count of 288.3(a) PC -Communicating with a minor to commit a lewd act and one misdemeanor count of 272(a)(1) PC -Contributing to the delinquency of a minor against Solano.

Over the next few weeks, detectives conducted additional investigation and interviews which uncovered several additional, unreported victims of sexual assault. The evidence determined that between July of 2015 and April of 2018, Solano provided drugs, alcohol, transportation, and hotel rooms to juvenile runaways before sexually assaulting them in the cities of Thousand Oaks and Camarillo, and a beach in the unincorporated area of Ventura. Solano even solicited several of these victims through the juvenile contacts he had developed during his crime series.

As a result of this additional investigation, the District Attorney’s Office filed additional charges against Solano, including: One felony count of 261(a)(2) PC – Forcible Rape; one felony count of 288a(c)(2)(C) PC – Forced oral copulation; seven felony counts of 288(c)(1) PC – Lewd acts against children; and four felony counts of 261.5(a) PC – Unlawful sexual intercourse with minors. Solano remains in custody on $500,000.00 bail and he is scheduled to appear in court on July 9, 2018.

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