Suspect in Child Molestation Case Extradited from Mexico

A suspected child molester wanted in Escondido was extradited to the United States on Wednesday after being arrested in Mexico, according to the Escondido Police Department.

Ricardo Lopez Borbon was booked into the Vista jail on two counts of child molestation and a charge of parole violation, Lt. Craig Carter said. The molestation charges stem from an incident that occurred Aug. 17, 2009, authorities said.

On that date, officers were called to investigate a sexual assault involving a 9-year-old girl. The victim was visiting an auto shop in the 1000 block of West Mission Avenue when a man assaulted her.

The officers found few leads in the case, Carter said. However, the following day, Escondido detectives received a call about a registered sex offender living in the city who had cut off his electronic monitoring device, Carter said.

Through questioning, detectives determined that the registrant was the suspect in the molestation case, Carter said. Eventually, a $2 million warrant was issued on Lopez Borbon, a naturalized U.S. citizen, police said.

During their investigation, authorities found that the suspect was in Mexico, police said. On Oct. 6, 2010, Mexican authorities arrested the man and began extradition procedures.

Lopez Borbon is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at the courthouse in Vista.

This article was written by Edward Sifuentes and published by the North County Times on September 7, 2011.

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