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Aliso Viejo resident, Robert Ligayo, 62, has been arrested and is in custody for allegedly sexually assaulting one of his client, a 66-year-old woman from Laguna Woods.
Orange County detectives arrested Ligayo Monday night after the woman called deputies. He was later charged with one felony count of sexual penetration by foreign object.
Prosecutors allege the defendant worked for a company called Salus Home Care. The woman hired him through an agency to care for her and her husband. The woman says Ligayo sexually abused her for six months.
Investigators say he allegedly admitted to sexually assaulting her, but Ligayo’s family members who went to court say the allegations are not true. Ligoya’s family says they’re stunned by the allegations, describing Ligayo as a family man who has a close relationship with his wife, six kids, and grand kids. Investigators say Ligayo, a licensed caregiver since 2001, has worked for several companies in south Orange County. He has no prior criminal history, and his wife says his previous clients loved him.
Ligayo appeared in court Wednesday and entered a not guilty plea to the sexual abuse charge. He remains in Orange County Jail. He is currently being held on $100,000 bail. If convicted of the current charges he could face up to eight years in prison and would have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
If you are accused of a sexual offense, not only may you serve jail time, but you may be required to register as a sex offender. If charged with these offenses it is important to be represented by an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney. Don Ho is a criminal defense attorney in Orange County who can fight for your rights, contact our office today.
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