A Guatemalan man who prosecutors say impregnated his 12-year-old daughter five years ago and fled the country when Redwood City police contacted by abortion providers asked him for a DNA sample will be imprisoned for 25 years.
The 40-year-old man, who the Daily Journal is not naming as not to identify his daughter, pleaded no contest to three counts of forcible child molestation. He will be sentenced Jan. 13 to 25 years in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender.
He must serve 85 percent of the sentence before being eligible for parole. The man had been facing a life sentence if convicted by a jury but District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said it was better for his daughter to avoid testifying at a trial.
Police interviewed him about his daughter’s pregnancy in December 2007 after he brought the girl to San Mateo Medical Center for an abortion. Hospital staff contacted authorities who were told by both him and the girl that a fellow 12-year-old named “Giovanni” was the father. When police asked for a genetic sample to test, the father said he wanted time to consider the request and the next day fled back to Guatemala, according to prosecutors.
The girl later told police her father had impregnated her and she had made up the story of the boy to protect him and not upset her mother. Redwood City police ultimately found the father in Guatemala and had him deported back in late 2012.
He remains in custody on $1 million bail.