New Charges Against Man Accused of Soliciting Sex Act From Teen

The DA's office filed new charges against Sean O'Farrell Tuesday

New child molestation charges were filed Tuesday against a man accused of offering to pay a 15-year-old boy for a sex act at a library.

The San Diego County District Attorney’s office charged Sean O’Farrell, 40, with three new felonies and two new misdemeanors, including contact with a minor to commit a sexual offense, arranging a sex meeting with a minor, attending a sex meeting with a minor, oral copulation of a minor and child molestation.

O’Farrell pleaded not guilty last month to felony possession of child pornography, and he is still being held on a $250,000 bail.

The DA’s office says the new charges stem from the suspect’s “conduct” in late 2014, though officials did not give any details about what the conduct entailed.

O’Farrell was arrested in San Bernardino County on Aug. 18 after officials say he offered cash to a minor in exchange for a sex act at the Rancho Cucamonga Library.

O’Farrell asked the teenager for his age and was told he was 15, deputies said. That’s when O’Farrell started asking sexual questions and allegedly offered to pay for a sex act, officials said.

Deputies say the teenager refused and walked away. However, the teen noticed O’Farrell allegedly following him around the library and notified a staff member. The library employee called the sheriff’s department.

After confronting O’Farrell, investigators say they discovered he had library cards from different locations.

When San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant to the Solana Beach home of O’Farrell’s parents, they found hundreds of videos showing minors in various states of undress, naked or performing sex acts, according to prosecutors.

The search warrant affidavit shows allegations involving O’Farrell date back 13 years. He was contacted by law enforcement at multiple local libraries, accused of stalking minors and watching them urinate in the public restroom. No charges were filed in the previous cases.

O’Farrell’s next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 25, and his preliminary hearing is Oct. 29.

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