VISTA (CNS) - A 71-year-old Arizona truck driver pleaded guilty Tuesday to molesting a 14-year-old developmentally disabled relative in North County.
Christopher Charles Darling, who sometimes stayed with the girl's family in San Marcos, will be sentenced to three years in prison at a hearing Aug. 21, said Deputy District Attorney Patricia Lavermicocca.
A witness told sheriff's investigators that she walked in and caught Darling molesting the girl on Jan. 29, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
The girl's father confronted Darling and punched him in the face, and the defendant immediately fled, Detective Helen Williams wrote in the affidavit.
Minutes after he left, Darling called the victim's home and told a sheriff's deputy he had been a "little too affectionate" with the girl, according to the affidavit.
A month later, the defendant wrote an e-mail to the girl's mother, asking for forgiveness but blaming the victim -- who has the mental capacity of a kindergartner -- for what happened, Williams wrote.
Darling was arrested in May in Washington state and brought back to San Diego County to face charges.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of committing a lewd act on a child 14 or 15 years old.
The San Diego Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a program intended to reward officers for making drug arrests.
Police were involved a pursuit late Saturday that ended with a deadly officer-involved shooting in Escondido.
Two people died early Sunday morning after a high-speed chase ended in a head-on crash in North County.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
An approaching winter storm is poised to open an "atmospheric river" of subtropical rain clouds on Southern California this week, but the San Diego area is expected to see just a fraction of that moisture, forecasters said Sunday.
A man threw rocks at vehicles on Interstate 5 near Imperial Beach Sunday, and threatened police with a pickaxe as he ran into a riverbed.
San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate's top job.
A 16-year-old boy was allegedly drunk when he crashed his car into a stopped vehicle, pinning a motorist between two bumpers, police said Sunday.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
A large plume of smoke filled the sky in Miramar on Saturday morning after a concrete supply building went up in flames.