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Man pleads guilty to groping girls at San Marcos laundromat

Posted at 11:40 AM, Apr 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-03 19:17:40-04

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - A man pleaded guilty Monday to groping three young girls at a North County laundromat.

Salvador Alcaraz, 41, initially pleaded not guilty to the crimes but changed his plea in a Vista courtroom Monday morning.

Alcaraz pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious acts on minors under the age of 14. He will spend six years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender.

As part of the plea agreement, Alcaraz's victims will not have to testify. Additionally, one of the charges against Alcaraz was dropped in the plea deal.

Authorities said Alcaraz groped two young girls at a San Marcos laundromat last summer. However, in a January incident at the same laundromat, in which Alcaraz grabbed an 11-year-old girl's buttocks, the victim was able to take a cell phone picture of her attacker's license plate as he left the scene.

Investigators used that information to track down Alcaraz and arrest him.

The two counts Alcaraz pleaded guilty to count as two strikes against him, according to state law.

Alcaraz will be sentenced on June 5.