EL CAJON (CNS) - A man accused of repeatedly molesting a 16-year-old boy he met through MySpace.com pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a dozen criminal charges.
Jeffrey John McPherson, 41, was arrested on a warrant Tuesday and arraigned Wednesday before El Cajon Judge Charles Ervin, who kept the defendant's bail at $305,000.
Authorities had been looking for McPherson since December, when the defendant failed to show up for a court appearance, said La Mesa police Lt. Dan Willis.
Police originally arrested McPherson last June on suspicion of sexually assaulting the teenage boy over a nine-month period, Willis said.
McPherson faces nearly 13 years in state prison if convicted of oral copulation, sodomy on a child, possessing harmful matter depicting a minor engaging in sexual conduct, annoying or molesting a child and committing a lewd act on a child, said Deputy District Attorney Heather Trocha.
The judge scheduled a readiness conference for Feb. 24 and a preliminary hearing for March 1.
An airline flight out of San Diego was diverted to Phoenix due to reports of an unknown odor in the cabin Sunday.
A 33-year-old woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash Sunday in the Oak Park community of San Diego.
A suspect remains at large after an argument led to a man being slashed with a knife in Lakeside on Saturday night, deputies said.
A 30-year-old man in the North Park community of San Diego suffered non-life threatening injuries Sunday when he was struck by a hit-and-run motorist who abandoned his vehicle, police said.
Cooler than normal temperatures continued through the weekend. Warmer and sunnier conditions are expected Monday and Tuesday away from the coast.
In a ceremony at the Veterans Museum in Balboa Park, people paid homage to those who lost their lives in service to our great nation.
A soldier from the San Diego area died as a result of a "non-combat related" incident in Kosovo, the Department of Defense said Friday.
Authorities Friday released the name of a lawman who opened fire on an assault suspect who allegedly charged him with a machete over his head in a busy intersection near Grossmont Center mall.
Law enforcement agencies across San Diego County are planning to crack down on drunken driving over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.