Courtesy of San Mateo County Sheriff's OfficeManuel Sedillo

San Mateo County social worker arrested on child molestation charges

A social worker with San Mateo County's Children and Family Services Department was arrested Tuesday on 35 felony counts of sexual molestation, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Rebecca Rosenblatt said in a statement Wednesday.

Manuel Sedillo, 38, of Santa Clara was arrested in Palo Alto after investigators looked into allegations made by a 16-year-old girl who reported to police that she was having sex with Sedillo, Rosenblatt said.

Sedillo was arrested about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday in the area of the 700 block of Welch Road in Palo Alto, Rosenblatt said.

He was booked into County Jail on 16 felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under 18 years old, 16 felony counts of oral copulation with a person under 18 years old, two felony counts of sexual penetration with a person under 18 years old and one felony count of disseminating sexual imagery to a person under 18 years old for the purpose of sexual gratification.

Sedillo posted $400,000 bail and is scheduled to be in court for arraignment Dec. 1.

During the investigation, Sedillo was reportedly on leave from his position with the county on an unrelated matter, Rosenblatt said.

Human Services Agency Director Iliana Rodriguez said she was “horrified” when she learned of the allegations.

“We are coordinating closely with local law enforcement agencies as they continue with this active criminal investigation,” she said. “In the meantime, our priority continues to be the safety and protection of all children in our care.”

The Sheriff’s Office is concerned that there might be more victims, Rosenblatt said, and is asking for those people to come forward. Detective Dan Hoss can be reached at (650) 363-4066 or by email at dhoss@smcgov.org. Detective Jesse Myers can be reached at (650) 363-4050 or by email at jrmyers@smcgov.org.

Tipsters can also reply anonymously by calling (800) 547-2700.

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