FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—October 9, 2019
Contact: Scott Alonso, 925-536-8110 cell; 925-957-2214 office
Case Update: DA’s Office Seeks Assistance for Ongoing Investigation from Los Angeles Residents
Martinez, Calif. –The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office needs the public’s help in the Los Angeles area for identifying potential victims and information related to a case in our Sexual Assault Unit involving defendant Richard Charles Rocha, a 37-year-old resident of Antioch, California. Earlier this summer our Office charged Rocha with multiple criminal charges surrounding his alleged lewd acts against boys under the age of 14 and setting up hidden cameras in public bathrooms. Initially, Rocha was arrested by the Fremont Police Department in May 2019 at his residence in Antioch.
During the course of the investigation, we learned that Rocha once lived in Southern California, specifically Los Angeles. Our Office believes there may be additional victims in the Los Angeles area. Rocha worked for a nonprofit in West Hollywood in the late 2000s and into the 2010s.
The investigation is ongoing and active. Members of the public with information about the case should call Senior Inspector Darryl Holcombe with the District Attorney’s Office at 925-957-8757.
Rocha is in custody at the Martinez Detention Facility and his bail is set at $5.68 million. His next court date is on October 29 at 1:30 p.m.
Our Office does not release how a victim may know a defendant in a sexual assault case as well as the age or name of a victim to protect their confidentiality.
The case is assigned to Deputy District Attorney Jay Melaas with our Office’s Sexual Assault Unit.
Case information: People v. Richard Charles Rocha, Docket Number 04-197408-8