A 72-year-old registered sex offender accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl in Escondido in 2009 must stand trial on child molestation charges, a judge ruled Thursday.
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Ricardo Pedro Borbon faces life in prison if convicted, Deputy District Attorney Kelly Mok said.
After a morning preliminary hearing, Vista Superior Court Judge Daniel Goldstein found that enough evidence was presented for Borbon to stand trial June 18 on three felony counts of committing a lewd act on a child under 14.
Borbon was convicted in June 2000 of similar crimes, the prosecutor said.
On Aug. 17, 2009, Escondido police were called to an auto shop in the 1000 block of West Mission Avenue where the girl told police an unknown man sexually assaulted her, Escondido police Lt. Craig Carter said.
The next day, police received a call from a state parole officer who stated that there was a registered sex offender in the area who had cut off his GPS monitor, Carter said, noting the offender matched the description from the previous day's case.
Borbon was arrested in Mexico on Oct. 6, 2010, by Mexican authorities at the request of U.S. authorities, Carter said. He was extradited to San Diego in September.
Borbon will be back in court May 15 for a readiness conference.
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