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Holtville man, 21,

June 21, 2001

is charged with

statutory rape; sex

with minor alleged

By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

The District Attorney's Office on Wednesday charged a 21-year-old Holtville man with statutory rape for allegedly having sex with a girl under age 18.

Deputy District Attorney Deborah Owen said that is the charge the Holtville Police Department asked the DA to file against Alex Padilla Padilla.

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Police have alleged Padilla and another man "enticed" two girls under age 18 into Padilla's home Monday in the 700 block of Walnut Avenue.

Padilla reportedly remained at the home with one of the girls. A second man, who has not yet been arrested, reportedly took the other girl into a remote area in the county.

That man, county Sheriff's Office investigators have alleged, attempted to rape the girl but she fended off his advances.

At some point the man let her go and she ran to a house in the area and called authorities. She told police to go to the Holtville house where the other girl remained with Padilla.

When Holtville police officers arrived they found the girl and Padilla. He was arrested and booked into the county jail.

He had been released as of this morning on his own recognizance while he awaits a court date on the statutory rape charge.

Owen said Padilla has not been charged with forcibly raping the girl. She added there was no information provided by police that pointed to a forced rape.

Holtville Police Chief Charles Simpson has said tests are being conducted to determine whether there was any alcohol or other substances involved in the incident.

He added the girls were "enticed" into a party-type situation.

Sheriff's Investigator Jesse Lopez, assigned to investigate the county incident, said a warrant likely would be issued for the second man, whom he declined to identify. He said the man is 25 years old.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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