February 26, 2009

Carlos Llamas pleads not guilty to molestation charges

The Desert Sun, Palm Springs, CA

February 26, 2009

A 53-year-old man accused of repeatedly sexually molesting a 9-year-old relative and her friend in Murrieta pleaded not guilty today.

Carlos Abel Llamas, who is being held without bail because he is considered a flight risk, is charged with two counts of engaging in oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child under 10 and four counts of lewd acts with a child under 14.

Llamas is considered a flight risk because police arrested him about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at a Temecula hotel, where he was hiding while waiting for a Greyhound to take him to Mexico, said Murrieta police Sgt. Jim Ganley.

Somebody had placed an anonymous call to Child Protective Services, Ganley said.

Llamas is accused of inappropriately touching his relative starting in 2007, when she was 7 years old, and illegally touching the child's 9-year-old friend this year.

Llamas had been living with family members in Murrieta before he was arrested, Ganley said.

"He had a van and the van broke down," which is why he was staying with the family this time, Ganley said.

Riverside Superior Court Judge Judith Clark ordered Llamas back to court March 9 for a felony settlement conference. A preliminary hearing is tentatively set for March 11.


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