June 3, 2009

Obed and Annie Duran arrested for alleged sex crimes

Obed Duran

By Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter

June 3, 2009

A Lincoln couple was arrested Tuesday for unlawful sex with a minor, according to officials.

Obed and Annie Duran, 25 and 21, were arrested at a home in Lincoln by the Placer County District Attorney's Office investigators working in conjunction with the Lincoln police Department at 5:20 p.m., said Art Campos, spokesman for the Placer County District Attorney’s Office.

Obed Duran is accused of 12 counts of unlawful sex with a minor, an additional count of molestation, and one count of showing pornography to a minor, Campos said.

Annie Duran is accused of four counts of unlawful sex with a minor, according to Prosecutor Jeffrey Wood.

Two children belonging to the Durans have been taken into protective custody, Wood said.

The victim, a 13-year-old girl, was a family friend who sometimes stayed with the Durans over the weekend, according to Wood.

Obed Duran is accused of two sexual encounters with the victim, as well as one additional encounter involving himself, Annie Duran and the victim.

The events allegedly took place between August and December, 2007, Wood said.

The crimes were reported about a year ago, at which point the Durans fled the Lincoln area, Wood said. When the Durans recently returned, investigators tracked them down and arrested them.

The couple is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Auburn, according to Campos.

A preliminary hearing could be scheduled as quickly as 10 days from the arraignment, but Wood said he doesn't expect it to move that quickly.


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