Man linked to attack on 17-year-old female Comic-Con attendee arrested

SAN DIEGO - A man accused of attacking a 17-year-old Comic-Con attendee this past weekend had been with the girl at the convention, according to authorities.

San Diego Harbor Police took 29-year-old Justin Kalior into custody early Sunday morning. The department issued the following information regarding Kalior's arrest:

"Harbor Police arrested a 29-year-old man early Sunday morning, July 27th in a hotel at 333 West Harbor Drive. He was booked into San Diego County Jail at 11:20 a.m. on charges of sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of minor. The victim, a juvenile female, was transported to a hospital for evaluation and treatment. The Harbor Police Investigations Unit is handling the incident. This investigation is ongoing."

10News learned the teen was a cosplayer -- one who dresses up in costume to portray a character -- and she came to the event dressed as a female version of Roger Rabbit with bright red wings and bunny ears.

Several posts on websites dedicated to cosplayers initially reported that the teen was found unconscious and bleeding on the side of a road near the San Diego Convention Center. One person claimed the girl was last seen running off after having a disagreement with friends.

Harbor Police told 10News on Monday that the victim and suspect left a party together inside a Marriott hotel room at about 11 p.m. Saturday after a noise complaint shut down the party.

Sources told 10News security found the girl unconscious and bleeding in the hotel's poll area at about 1 a.m. Sunday.

Harbor Police Sgt. Todd Rakos said the victim, who was visiting from Lake Elsinore, "had some significant injuries" from the attack.

Rakos added that the girl and the suspect "knew each other. They were together for the day at Comic-Con."

While police haven't revealed her injuries, family members say she suffered bleeding of the brain, but is now doing much better.

The teen's father told 10News, "She's out of the woods and feeling better every day."

In fact, she's talking, but her memory of the night is fuzzy.

"It's what's making this investigation somewhat difficult," said Rakos.

Initial media reports said the teen had been beaten, but detectives have yet to confirm that.

Right now, Kalior is just facing sexual assault accusations, although police haven't revealed what led to that arrest.

The charges come amid national headlines looking at sexual harassment policies at Comic-Con.

A group called Geeks for CONsent put out a video of harassment stories from Comic-Cons, then gathered 2,800 signatures demanding an official sexual harassment policy at the San Diego event.

Comic-Con officials say sexual harassment is already covered in their code of conduct.

Kalior, who is from the Los Angeles area, made bail. If charges are filed, he will make his first court appearance on Aug. 5.

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