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Man Accused of Luring Girls With Drugs, Free Tattoo

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) — Deputies have arrested a 29-year-old man accused of luring two young girls to his home by offering free drugs, alcohol and a tattoo.

Edder Giovani Nieves-Vera was taken into custody Tuesday at the Dana Point Harbor, where he had arranged to meet one of the teenagers, according to Orange County Sheriff spokesman Jim Amormino.

Nieves-Vera worked at a tattoo shop near Fourth and Bush Streets in Santa Ana.

He is accused of “highly inappropriate contact and sexual advances” toward the teen and her friend, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

tattoo-molesterNieves-Vera also started a tattoo on at least one of the underage girls, according to officials.

The girls told investigators they met Nieves-Vera through Facebook.

In 2004, Nieves was sentenced to three years in prison and then deported after being convicted of child annoyance in Murrieta.

Investigators do not know when Nieves-Vera re-entered the United States.

Nieves-Vera is currently being held at Men’s Central Jail in Santa Ana.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in case there are more victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 714-647-7000.