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Man pleads guilty to molesting developmentally disabled relative

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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.

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