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AUTHORITIES are seeking potential additional victims of a man accused of sexual acts with minors (Shutterstock).

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying additional potential victims of a registered sex offender facing several felony charges for committing lewd acts on a teenage boy.

PATRICK MICHAEL COSTELLO (OCDA photo).

Patrick Michael Costello, 56, of Orange, was convicted in 2014 of sending “inappropriate” text messages to another teenage boy, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office. He was arrested on Feb. 6 by Santa Ana police on suspicion of offering a teenage boy money in exchange for sex acts.

He is facing 10 felony counts, including six felony counts of lewd act on a child 14 to 15 years old, three felony counts of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18 with a prior conviction and one felony count of oral copulation of a person under the age of 18. He faces a maximum of nine years in state prison if convicted on all charges.

He is currently out on bail. According to Santa Ana police, Costello is founder and director of Synergy Drum Corps, a private drum school with no connected to local public schools.

Anyone with additional information about potential victims is asked to call SAPD Detective Gerry Corona at (714) 245-8343.

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