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Friday July 20, 2001 3:54 PM ET
Two L.A. TV actors face felony sex charges
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two Los Angeles actors hired to appear on the FOX-TV show ``America's Most Wanted'' face felony charges after allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl who had been living in a shelter for sexually abused teens located next door to the area where the show was filmed.
Cristian Saliadarre, 28, surrendered to authorities on Wednesday, two weeks after police arrested Anthony Alvarez, 27, Los Angeles District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said. Both men pleaded not guilty to felony charges of sodomy and oral copulation with a person under age 16.
If found guilty they would each face up to 3 years and 8 months in prison, Gibbons said. Arrest warrants had been issued May 16 after the men were charged in absentia.
The incident allegedly took place last January after a crew had finished filming a crime reenactment segment in an alley next to Children of the Night, a Los Angeles shelter for sexually abused teens and former prostitutes, prosecutors said.
After chatting with the girl, one of the defendants allegedly climbed through a window into her room and had sex with her inside the shelter, they said. Afterwards the girl allegedly climbed out of the window and had sex with the other man in the alley.
Defense attorneys said their clients did not know the girl was underage.
A Fox TV executive who didn't want to be identified confirmed that both men, members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, had worked on ``America's Most Wanted'' and had been placed by a Los Angeles casting agency. The Fox executive said because of the criminal case the reenactment in which they were featured will not air.
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