Man Accused of Molesting Girl He Was Homeschooling

Sexual AssaultAbusive BehaviorSocial IssuesDavid Allen

SANTA ANA - A 47-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a 17-year-old girl over a period of several years.

David Allen Goddard was arrested at his home on South Taurus Lane on suspicion of committing lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, committing lewd acts on a child 14-15 years old as a dependent, oral copulation, continuous sexual abuse of a child, and sexual penetration by a foreign object.

Goddard allegedly abused the girl on a regular basis beginning in October 2004, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

The alleged victim, now 17, lived with her grandmother until she was 10 years old, Bertagna said.

When her grandmother died, her stepsister and Goddard became her guardians.

The 17-year-old came forward after she told a friend about the alleged sexual abuse, Bertagna said

Goddard, an English citizen, is in the country illegally.

He is being held at Santa Ana Jail on an immigration hold.

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