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Petaluma man accused of year-long sexual affair with goddaughter, 15

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 8:47 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 8:47 a.m.

A Petaluma man accused of running away with his 15-year-old goddaughter was charged Wednesday with carrying on a more than yearlong sexual affair with the girl.


Hilario Matus-Carmona.

Hilario Matus-Carmona, 29, was arrested Monday in the Central Valley town of Selma after a tip to a Spanish-language TV station. Police found him with the teen, who disappeared from Petaluma on Oct. 17.

The girl was previously identified in news stories when she was missing and the subject of a search by Petaluma police. The Press Democrat, which has a policy of not naming alleged victims of sex crimes, is now withholding her name.

Prosecutors charged Matus-Carmona with two felony counts of having sexual intercourse with a child under 16. One count covered a period from July 12, 2011, to Oct. 16, while he was believed to be living with the girl's family.

The other spanned the six days Matus-Carmona is alleged to have driven off with the teen. He also is charged with a third misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor with a special allegation of committing lewd and lascivious acts.

He faces a maximum of six years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors didn't file abduction charges, suggesting the girl was not forced to leave the county with him. Police said they were attempting to rent a room at a house when Matus-Carmona was arrested.

Matus-Carmona remained in custody on a federal immigration hold and an additional $250,000 bail. He appeared in court in a blue jail uniform and received a court-appointed attorney.

He was ordered to return Nov. 13 to enter his plea.

Matus-Carmona is married and has a son. Police said the two families lived together for a period of time.

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