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A 20-year-old man arrested for allegedly having sex with 15-year-old girl in northern San Diego County

September 29, 2010 |  7:50 am

A 20-year-old man from Vista has been arrested for having sex with a 15-year-old girl who earlier had claimed she was abducted and molested by three men, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department announced Wednesday.

Jose Adrian Cano has been jailed in Vista on suspicion of contacting a minor on the Internet with the intent of committing a sex crime, and having unlawful intercourse with a minor. There may be more underage victims, the Sheriff's Department said after detectives searched Cano's home.

The girl told sheriff's detectives Friday that she was abducted while walking home from San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas and then sexually molested by three men. Composite drawings of the alleged attackers were released on the weekend.

But on Monday, the girl admitted that the story was a fabrication and that she had been ashamed and embarrassed at having had sex with a man she met on the Internet.

Detectives arrested Cano on Tuesday night as he left his home, officials said.

Before the girl admitted the fabrication, the Sheriff's Department had assigned additional patrols around schools in Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego