A Wendover man made his first court appearance Monday for charges associated with allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Jose Castillo, 22, appeared Monday in 3rd District Court in response to five counts of sexual abuse of a child, a second-degree felony, that had been filed against him last month.
According to a police report, in February a man told a deputy from the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office that he had been told his 13-year-old daughter was seeing Castillo. When the deputy talked to the girl, she told him that she and Castillo began spending time together in November, and after about three weeks allegedly had sex, according to the report.
The girl said their sexual relationship continued occasionally over the next few months, the report states.
When interviewed by the deputy, Castillo said he knew the girl but only as a friend of his sister’s, the report states. In a search of Castillo’s room after the interview, the deputy found it largely matched a sketch the girl made for the officer from the last time she had been in it a few weeks before, the report states.
The deputy tried to interview Castillo about the similarities afterwards, according to the report, but Castillo did not meet the deputy at the appointed time.
Castillo’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 6.