Daly City man accused of harassing young boys sent to mental hospital

A Daly City man accused of asking young boys to show their boxer shorts inside the bathroom of a public library is headed to a mental hospital, prosecutors said Monday.

Videl Alexander Mezquita, 20, was found not competent to stand trial on Friday in connection with separate occasions last summer in which he allegedly bothered — but never touched — the boys, ages 11 and 12 years old, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Mezquita approached a 12-year-old boy in the bathroom of the John Daly Library on July 12 and asked to see his boxer shorts, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. The victim refused, then washed his hands and began leaving the bathroom. Mezquita asked again while blocking the boy’s exit, Wagstaffe said. But the victim was able to push past him. The boy reported the incident to the librarian.

When police arrived at library, an 11-year-old boy told them that Mezquita had done the same thing to him two months earlier, Wagstaffe said.

Mezquita attended South San Francisco High School and appeared to be developmentally challenged, according to the district attorney’s office. They also said he seemed to have an interest in young boys.

Judge Mark Forcum ordered that Mezquita be placed in treatment at the Golden Gate Regional Center until his competency is restored. The case has been continued until June 8.

Mezquita has been out of custody but under supervision. He was ordered to stay away from all libraries, schools and any area where children are present, Wagstaffe said.

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

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