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Man meets 12-year-old on MySpace, assaults her at motel near Disneyland, police allege

February 21, 2010 |  8:05 am
The Anaheim Police Department is seeking the public's help to identify other potential victims of a 33-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl he met on social networking site MySpace.

Matthew Casteneda was arrested Friday and booked on lewd and lascivious behavior with a child under the age of 14. His alleged victim was found at an Anaheim hotel, just outside Disneyland, about two and a half hours after being reported missing in Santa Ana on Wednesday.

Investigators say the girl told officers she had been sexually assaulted by a man she met through MySpace, according to KTLA News.

"They met at South Coast Plaza and took a bus up to Anaheim, where he took her to a hotel and sexually assaulted her," Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told KTLA News.

According to police, Casteneda is missing a front tooth, has a pierced left ear and has multiple tattoos: a "13'' on his stomach, "CF" behind his left ear, "Calle Flores" on his right arm and back, "Romona" on his right shoulder and "MC" on his left shoulder. Anyone with more information is asked to call Anaheim police at (714) 497-6608 or (714) 765-1958.

-- Shelby Grad