Courtesy of San Mateo County Sheriff's OfficeMark Anthony McNeil

Hillsborough man accused of soliciting sexual act from a minor pleads not guilty

A Hillsborough man accused of soliciting a sexual act from a minor pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday, said San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Mark Anthony McNeil, 52, is accused of offering to perform a sexual act on a 15-year-old boy in exchange for money, Wagstaffe said. On Sept. 22, the victim was staying at the Geneva Motel in Daly City with his family, Wagstaffe said. He was sitting on some steps alone when McNeil allegedly called out to the boy to come see him, Wagstaffe said. The victim went over to McNeil, who allegedly then asked if he could perform oral sex on the boy for $50, Wagstaffe said. When the boy refused, McNeil reportedly went back to his room.

The victim immediately told his mother about the incident and she called police. McNeil was arrested after being identified by the victim.

McNeil has a former misdemeanor conviction for child molestation in 2005, and he now faces a felony charge of child molestation because of the prior case, Wagstaffe said.

He was appointed an attorney Tuesday and pleaded not guilty, Wagstaffe said. McNeil is scheduled to return to court Oct. 6 for a preliminary hearing and remains in custody on $50,000 bail.

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