A Panorama City man, often hired to photograph quinceañeras, was being sought by police Monday for allegedly molesting the young girls he met.
Gilardo Vadillo Nunez, who ran Hollywood Photos and Video with his wife, was well-known among the Hispanic population for photographing celebrations in the San Fernando Valley, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
“It’s sad and maddening that this man used the victim’s quinceañera as a way to find his victims,” Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Mission Detective Division, was quoted as saying in a news release.
Detectives identified four girls, all under the age of 15, that Nunez, 53, was accused of molesting.
He allegedly took video of himself touching the girls as they posed in his yellow Hummer at local parks, usually Brand Park, police said.
“Nunez’s own video, taken inside the Humvee is our best evidence in one case,” Vernon stated in the release.
Nunez’s wife, who was allegedly present during some of the sessions, claimed she was unaware of the acts. She had not been implicated in any crimes.
In a search of Nunez’s Panorama City residence, detectives recovered computers and memory cards stored in a hidden closet, the release stated.
“These items are undergoing forensic analysis and we expect to find other victims,” Lt. Vernon said.
A judge issued an arrest warrant for Nunez and set bail at $1 million, according to police.
He was described as being 5 feet 5 inches tall with a medium build and a receding hairline.
Nunez drives a yellow Hummer with a license plate of 5CUK746, according to the release.
Anyone with information was asked to call detectives at 818-838-9975 or 818-838-9969.
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