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Man faces deportation w/ child sex charges

May 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
An English man who's in the U.S. illegally faces deportation, accused of sexually abusing a young Santa Ana girl.The victim was living with her stepsister when the alleged abuse occurred. The suspect in this case is her stepsister's husband. He is now sitting in a Santa Ana jail and according to Santa Ana police, he isn't saying anything to investigators.

The alleged abuse of the teenage girl happened in a gated community in Santa Ana. According to Santa Ana police, David Allen Goddard is accused of molesting the alleged victim who is now 17 since she was 12 years old.

"He refuses to say anything at this time. So they just conducted a search warrant," said Santa Ana Police Department's Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. "He immediately called his lawyer and had his lawyer there."

Goddard was booked at a Santa Ana jail. He's being held without bail because of an immigration hold. He is from England and is in the country illegally. Authorities say that Goddard is a day trader and worked out of the house, which is where the victim was home-schooled.

According to police, the victim was under the guardianship of her stepsister since she was 10 years old and was living with her at the time of the abuse. Authorities say that the stepsister brought the victim into the police station Thursday night.

"[She] brought her into the police department after a mother of a friend from this victim informed her that this was going on and you need to address it," said Bertagna.

Goddard has been booked on a number of charges that include lewd acts with a child under the age of 14.

Authorities say that the victim in this case isn't staying with family. Police say she is staying with friends.


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