Matthew Castaneda, a.k.a Wrestler Chippy Sanchez, Gets 15 Years to Life for Sex with Girl
Known in the ring as "Chippy Sanchez," he'll next be grappling at a state prison, where a judge sent him today for 15 years to life.
Once Castaneda gets out, he'll have to inform his neighbors and police jurisdictions for a lifetime that he is a registered sex offender, which also keeps him out of Orange County parks and recreational areas covered by Child Safety Zones forbidding predators.
Matthew Castaneda, Who Wrestled as "Chippy Sanchez," Guilty of Sex Assault on 12 y.o. Girl
It was not a park but South Coast Plaza where Castaneda met the then-12-year-old from Santa Ana in person on Feb. 17, 2010, although they had been communicating online since the year before. They got on a bus bound for Anaheim and visited two parks before the grappler took her to Zaby's Motor Lodge at Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue.
Castaneda sexually assaulted the girl and tried by force to get her to blow him in one of the Anaheim motel's rooms. He later left the room for about an hour, which allowed the girl to burst outside and flag down a uniformed Anaheim Police Civilian Traffic Controller near Harbor and Katella that evening. She said she just wanted to go home.
By then, the girl had been reported missing. After Anaheim Police turned her over to Santa Ana cops, she revealed what had happened in the motel room. The case was turned back over to the Anaheim agency, which had no trouble tracking down the attacker thanks to his online presence, unique appearance and specific-to-him tattoos. Castaneda was arrested at his warehouse job in Costa Mesa.
Matthew Castaneda, Held in 12-Year-Old Girl's Sexual Assault, May Be MySpace Predator
The case so alarmed Santa Ana that Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) mentioned it as he co-sponsored legislation that would prevent sexual predators from joining social media networks in California.
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