Huntington Beach

Four arrested in molestation of a girl

FOUR MEN have been arrested by Huntington Beach police on a variety of sex crimes against a teenage girl.

The last of four suspects wanted in a child molestation investigation by Huntington Beach police that lasted one and a half years has been arrested.

According to Officer Angela Bennett of the HBPD, the four are:

  • Bradley Thomas Williams, 34, of Dana Point, charged with three counts of a lewd act upon a minor under 14 and one count of meeting a minor with intent to engage in lewd conduct;
  • Sohrab Anaraki Pour Kamali, 33, of Topanga, with six counts of a lewd act upon a minor under 14, one count of meeting a minor with intent to engage in lewd conduct and one count of contacting a child with intent to commit a specified crime;
  • Christian Reid Palmer, 27, of Sacramento: Seven counts of a lewd act upon a minor under 14, one count of meeting a minor with intent to engage in lewd conduct and one count of contacting a child with intent to commit a specified crime;
  • Dwight Nicholas Castaldi, 42, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, accused of four counts of a lewd act upon a minor under 14, and one count of contacting a child with intent to commit a specified crime.

The investigation began on Sept. 13, 2016 when the HBPD sought four men accused of communicating online with a “Jane Doe” whom they believed was 13 or 14 years old. Police said that suspects used social media including Facebook, Skype, and Snapchat to contact the minor, and three of them traveled to the Huntington Beach area to engage in sexual behavior with the minor.

Williams and Kamali were arrested on Jan. 18, 2018 and Palmer on Jan. 21. A warrant was issued for Castaldi and his home in Palm Beach Gardens, where he was served and taken in custody by police there. On April 16, he was extradited back to California to face the sex crimes.

Huntington Beach police believe there may have been more victims. Anyone with more information about the incidents or other possible victims are asked to contact the Huntington Beach Police Information Hotline at (714) 375-5066. Anyone wanting to remain anonymous can call the WeTip Anonymous Crime Reporting Hotline at 1-800-CRIME.

BRADLEY THOMAS WILLIAMS (HBPD photos)

CHRISTIAN REID PALMER

SOHRAB ANARAKI POUR KAMALI

DWIGHT NICHOLAS CASTALDI

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