The parents of a young teenage girl reported her missing to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. after they discovered her missing from home.
Due to the minor’s age, the missing girl was considered to be a “Critical Missing Person.” Deputies from Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station began a search operation to locate the girl. While patrol deputies searched the community, investigators checked her phone records.
Deputies called a phone number found on her phone records, and a man, later identified as suspect Kaene Dean, answered the phone. He denied knowing the whereabouts of the missing girl.
Sheriff’s deputies went to the home of the suspect, where they were allowed inside by the suspect’s parents. Deputies soon found the victim inside the garage prior to 2 a.m. The victim told deputies she had been befriended by the suspect the previous day while at a grocery store in the Santa Clarita area and that he had sexually assaulted her.
Suspect Kaene Dean is a 26- year-old Filipino male resident of Santa Clarita. Suspect Dean is a registered sex offender due to a conviction for indecent exposure in the City of Glendale. He was banned from the Glendale Galleria due to an incident on Feb. 28, 2014. He was subsequently arrested for indecent exposure, burglary and vandalism. He is on parole for burglary.
Dean was arrested and booked at Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau investigators are asking any adults or children who have had contact with Suspect Dean to contact Special Victims Bureau Investigators.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Special Victims Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. at (877) 710-5273. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.