VISTA (CNS) - A 20-year-old Vista man pleaded guilty Friday to misdemeanor statutory rape for having consensual sex with a 15-year-old Encinitas girl he met online, who said she had been raped by three men in an attempt to hide the tryst from her parents.
Jose Adrian Cano was immediately sentenced to time already served in custody and three years probation, said Deputy District Attorney Katherine Flaherty.
Judge Robert Kearney also ordered the defendant to stay away from the girl.
On Sept. 24, the 10th-grader said she'd been kidnapped and raped by three men while walking home from school along Melba Road in Encinitas.
News of the supposed crime stirred alarm and concern throughout the North County. The girl gave detailed descriptions of the supposed assailants, which authorities used to make composite drawings that were publicized widely, along with warnings to area families and school officials.
On Sept. 27, authorities disclosed that the girl confessed to having skipped the final class of her school week to have consensual sex with a man she met online.
Cano was arrested the next day.
"The (girl's) parents had warned their daughter about the dangers of communicating with strangers online," said sheriff's Capt. Sherri Sarro. "(She) was embarrassed, ashamed and scared of how her parents would react to her being victimized by someone she had met online."
Five people were injured in a three-car crash in the Rolando area on Sunday after an apparent road-rage incident. It happened about 1:30 p.m. on University Avenue at College Avenue, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Another successful Comic-Con is in the books. The four-day pop culture convention came to an end Sunday, but even in its final hours was packed with things to see and do.
Vince Velasquez allowed two hits over seven innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 Sunday for a doubleheader split.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for San Diego County inland valleys, mountains, and deserts. The warning is valid for Monday morning through Thursday evening
A man stole a brand-new luxury car out of a Kearny Mesa dealership's lot and led police on a lengthy chase down San Diego freeways on Sunday.
San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing and so is the superhero-themed fashion! Celebrities like Sarah Paulson, Sonequa Martin-Green and Camila Mendes, among many other stylish ladies, rocked a bevy of leather, nylon and pleather to attend the annual comic book convention.
Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died Saturday morning on a sidewalk in Old Town.
A suspected drunk driver was shot by sheriff's deputies after leading them on a pursuit across North County freeways Friday night, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.