On March 2, Kings County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a residence in the city of Hanford to speak with a juvenile victim regarding a sexual assault. After speaking with the juvenile and her family, it was discovered that the assault had taken place at the Stardust Motel.
Through the investigation Deputies learned that the victim's step-mother, Laurie Lutz, had picked up the child from family members under false pretenses and taken her to the motel. Once at the motel the juvenile was beaten with a belt by Laurie's boyfriend, Gregory Cantu, which caused several minor injuries. Laurie had eventually left the hotel room and left the child alone with Gregory. Gregory began making several sexual advances towards the young girl by touching her inappropriately and kissing her against her will. Gregory then threatened the girl and told her not to tell anyone.
The girl was able to convince Gregory to walk with her to a nearby store. As they were walking the juvenile was able to run away.
Deputies knew Gregory to be a registered sex offender and on Parole for a prior sex offense. When Deputies attempted to contact Gregory at the motel he tried to flee out one of the room's back windows. Gregory was ultimately taken into custody and booked into the Kings County Jail for the charges of Child Endangerment, Lewd and Lascivious Act with a child under 14 and Victim intimidation. Laurie Lutz was also arrested and booked into the jail for the charge of Child Endangerment.