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Parolee convicted in sex assault of girl he met on MySpace

Parolee convicted in sex assault of girl he met on MySpaceA parolee was convicted Monday of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old Santa Ana girl he met on MySpace.

Matthew Castaneda, 35, was charged with meeting the girl on MySpace in November 2009 and attacking her at an Anaheim motel, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

Castaneda, an Anaheim resident, was a professional wrestler who went by the name of Chippy Sanchez, according to a report in the L.A. Weekly

In February 2010, Castaneda met the girl near South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa and took a bus with her to Anaheim, according to prosecutors. After walking in various parks, he was charged with taking the victim to Zaby's Motor Lounge near Disneyland and attacking her.

The girl left the motel and asked to be taken home by a traffic controller with the Anaheim Police Department. She had been reported missing in Santa Ana.

Castaneda was on parole for a 2007 felony domestic violence conviction and restraining order violation, the district attorney's office said in a statement. In the latest case, he was convicted of one felony count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one felony count of lewd acts on a child under 14. A jury was unable to reach a verdict on two other felony counts.

Castaneda faces a maximum sentence of 24 years to life in state prison and mandatory sex offender registration. He is scheduled for a hearing June 22 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.

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— Robert J. Lopez

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