On June 16, a jury found defendant Yang Hong, 55, guilty of a lewd act with a minor by force.

On Nov. 13, 2016, the female victim was 13 years old; Hong was 50. The victim lived with her father in Fremont, where the defendant was a tenant.

In the early morning of Nov. 13, when the victim’s father was not at home, the victim went to the bathroom and bumped into Hong in the hallway. He asked her to come to his room to help him download Instagram on his phone and she agreed.

But once inside the room, the defendant told her how attractive she was and then forced her down onto his bed, where he sexually assaulted her. The victim was able to push Hong off and leave the room safely. She immediately texted her older brother and told him she had been assaulted, and needed to be picked up. She also told her mother what happened.

He admitted to asking the victim for help on his Instagram account, but denied the accusations. Instead, he accused the victim of trying to steal $100 bill from him and that she lied to her parents about the assault.

Hong is expected to be sentenced Aug. 6 at the East County Hall of Justice; he will need to register as a sex offender.

DDA Jason Sjöberg prosecuted the case.

Posted on Jun 18, 2021