Man accused of sneaking into girls' bedrooms faces judge

Judge: Dwayne Farrell is 'extreme risk'

VISTA, Calif. - A man accused of sneaking into two young girls' bedrooms while they slept, rubbing one of the girl's backs while he was taking a video on his cellphone, faced a judge Thursday.

Dwayne Farrell, 23, appeared in Judge Marshall Hockett's courtroom to answer to five felony counts, including residential burglary, lewd conduct on a minor and annoying or molesting a minor.

Sheriff's investigators said early Sunday morning, Farrell snuck into two young girls' bedrooms in two different apartments of the same San Marcos complex, located in the 500 block of Rush Avenue.

The first girl, investigators said, was just 7 years old. Her 3-year-old sister was in the same room.

"The 7-year-old was awoken by a man kneeling down next to her bed. The man had his hand on her back and was rubbing her back under the blankets and over her shirt," said Deputy District Attorney Ryan Saunders.

"She woke up thinking it was her dad," he added. "She leaned over, the man kneeling next to the bed. She believes she saw him videotaping her with a phone."

He then ran off, according to authorities.

As 10News first reported from the scene Sunday night, it was a mother who called 911 with a similar report just 25 minutes later, at around 5:30 a.m.

"I think he was asleep. It sounded like he was asleep," the mother of the second girl said.

The mother said she found Farrell lying on the floor in the bedroom she shares with her 8-year-old daughter.

"I said, 'Who are you? Get out of here, get out of here,' and I hit him a couple [of] times in the back," she told 10News.

"The mom, obviously startled, chases this man out of her daughter's bedroom, he runs out of the home, jumps from the second-story balcony, falls when he hits the ground below," added Saunders. "(He) hits his head on the ground. There was blood left at the scene."

Sheriff's investigators got a match on the DNA less than 24 hours later.

Investigators said on his cellphone, when Farrell was arrested, were downloaded images of girls and teens sleeping naked. They said the photos were sexual in nature.

"The bold nature of these acts is extremely frightening," added Saunders.

Farrell was held on $500,000 bail and faces 11 years behind bars if convicted.

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