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Long Beach Sexual Assault Suspect May Have More Victims: Police

A Long Beach man arrested Wednesday in connection with the sexual assault of a woman in 2013 may have additional victims, police said.

lb-sex-assault-suspectThe 2013 attack allegedly occurred in August at the home of 52-year-old Steven DeSisto, according to a news release from the Long Beach Police Department.

DeSisto allegedly met the victim at a bar in the East Village district and when she became intoxicated, investigators said, he took her home and sexually assaulting her, the release stated.

“The victim awoke and then fled and contacted police,” said Marlene Arrona, Long Beach Police spokeswoman.

Desisto, the owner of Rocco’s Deli Italiano, was booked Wednesday on suspicion of sexual assault, drug possession and photographing an unconscious person, police said.

He was being held in the Long Beach City Jail on $2 million bail and was scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.

“We have reason to believe there may be more victims,” Arrona said.

Anyone with information on DeSisto was urged to contact Long Beach Police Sex Crimes Detective Stacey Holdredge at 562-570-5513.  Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting http://www.lacrimestoppers.org.


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