Prosecutors charged a 26-year-old Half Moon Bay man with three counts of child molestation for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl he’d met a a dance the previous year.
Gregorio Padilla-Luis was 25 when he reportedly met the girl, then 12, in July 2012 and they dated for a year before the relationship was uncovered earlier this week. The girl allegedly snuck out of her home at 1 a.m. June 24, waking her father with the shutting door and sending the family searching for a half hour before they found her partially undressed in the back seat of Padilla-Luis’ truck. He told the girl’s father that he loved her, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
The seven sexual incidents confirmed by the girl were always in Padilla-Luis’ truck and all were consensual, Wagstaffe said.
At his initial arraignment, Padilla-Luis pleaded not guilty to all charges and asked for a court-appointed attorney. He did not waive his right to a speedy trial and returns to court July 5 for a preliminary hearing estimated to last 30 minutes.
Bail was set at $300,000 and he remains in custody.