[UPDATED:] Matthew Castaneda, Held in 12-Year-Old Girl's Sexual Assault, May Be MySpace Predator

Categories: Crime-iny
UPDATE: As alleged MySpace sexual predator Matthew Castaneda heads to court today, his case has fueled a state bill aimed at banning predators from MySpace, Facebook and other social networking sites (details below) . . .
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If Matthew Castaneda is the man who connected with a 12-year-old Santa Ana girl on MySpace, met her at South Coast Plaza and took her to an Anaheim motel to sexually assault her, the 33-year-old deserves everything the law (and future inmates) throw at him.

But he's already had knees, elbows and chokeholds thrown at him as a professional wrestler,

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Chippy Sanchez
UPDATE: Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim) and other politicians and law enforcement officials Wednesday unveiled proposed legislation that would prohibit registered sex offenders from joining social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. Solorio said he believed the legislation can pass constitutional muster, saying it would be like prohibiting convicted federal felons from owning a gun. "We think children have constitutional rights too," said Solorio, who brought up the case against Castaneda, who is scheduled to attend a pre-trial hearing today.

As keen readers of this blog have pointed out in their comments, the Anaheim resident also goes by the stage name Chippy Sanchez when he performs with World Power Wrestling.

See more on Castaneda's wrestling career in "'Chippy Sanchez' Wrestles His Demons."

Gustavo Arellano also chronicled the WPW in his 2001 Weekly story, "Lucha F@!#%n Libre!" that followed wrestlers who compete at the Anaheim Indoor Marketplace. Castaneda does not turn up in that article, but he was found in the following, courtesy of an eagle-eyed reader:

To Who It May Concern, Hello! I am currently in search of potential sponsors for our professional wrestling event being held on August 2nd, 2008, in Anaheim CA. Our event will be taking place at the Anaheim Indoor Marketplace, and will feature wrestling superstars from Mexico and Japan, as well as the very best local talent that Southern California has to offer. I would love the opportunity to work with you on this event, and would be grateful if i could come in contact with a representative regarding this matter. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact me at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your time! Sincerely, Matthew Castaneda Anaheim, CA.

A "tipster" also informed our sister paper, LA Weekly, that Castaneda and Chippy are one in the same. The nickname apparently refers to his chipped teeth.
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The wrestler's back tattoos match the detailed description of Castaneda Anaheim police are spreading far and wide because they fear the 12-year-old Santa Ana girl is not his only victim.

The case against him began to unravel when the girl, who had been reported missing, flagged down a uniformed Anaheim Police Civilian Traffic Controller near Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue the evening of Feb. 17 and said she wanted to go home.

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