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Man arrested for having sex with minor who reported false assault

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ENCINITAS (CNS) - A 20-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly having consensual sex with a 15-year-old Encinitas girl, who later reported that she was kidnapped and raped by three men in an attempt to hide the tryst from her parents, the sheriff's department announced Wednesday.

Jose Adrian Cano of Vista was arrested as he left his home Tuesday, according to San Diego County sheriff's Captain Sherri Sarro. He was booked into the Vista jail on suspicion of three felonies: contacting a minor online with the intent to commit a sex crime, committing a lewd act with a 15-year-old and having unlawful intercourse with a minor.

Sarro said evidence collected from Cano's home has led investigators to believe there are other underage victims.

Cano's arrest came four days after a 10th-grader reported being kidnapped and raped by three men while walking home from school along Melba Road in Encinitas Friday afternoon.

News of the supposed crime stirred alarm and concern throughout the North County after the girl gave detailed descriptions of the supposed assailants, which authorities turned into composite drawings and publicized widely, along with warnings to area families and school officials.

Then on Monday, authorities disclosed that the girl had confessed to having skipped the final class of her school week, meeting with a man she had been in contact with via computer and having consensual sex with him.

"The (girl's) parents had warned their daughter about the dangers of communicating with strangers online," Sarro said. "(She) was embarrassed, ashamed and scared of how her parents would react to her being victimized by someone she had met online."

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