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Man pleads no contest to sex with 13-year-old
October 18, 2011, 02:54 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

A 22-year-old Redwood City resident accused of having sex with a 13-year-old Belmont girl he met online earlier this year was sentenced to time served on one count of statutory rape.

Armando Lopez-Galvez faced between 10 and 12 years in prison and sex offender registration if convicted by a jury of his originally charged counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, unlawful sexual intercourse and oral copulation with a person under 16. Instead, he pleaded no contest to the single count in return for a 308-day jail sentence with credit for time served. He will also spend three years on probation and is barred from having contact with the girl. He is not required to register as a sex offender.

Investigation of Lopez-Galvez began in January when officials at the teen’s school noticed suspicious computer activity by her and discovered she was accessing Facebook and online dating sites. After meeting Lopez-Galvez online, the two allegedly had a sexual relationship.

Belmont police said the girl’s parents had no idea of the relationship until police notified them.

Lopez-Galvez had been in custody in lieu of $200,000 bail.

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