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Rodrigo Calvario Solano fled to Mexico in 1999 pleaded guilty to five felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child

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A man extradited from Mexico last year after leaving San Jose in 1999 to avoid arrest pleaded guilty Wednesday in the sexual abuse of his young daughter, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. Rodrigo Calvario Solano, 46, pleaded guilty in Superior Court to five felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 by force or fear and custodial interference, the district attorney’s office reported.

Judge Ronald Toff is scheduled to impose a prison sentence of 38 years and eight months on Solano at a hearing scheduled for Jan. 10, prosecutors said. In November 1999, Solano’s daughter who was then 12 years old informed some nuns at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in East San Jose that her father sexually assaulted her on three occasions, according to prosecutors.

The girl reported that the first assault took place at a motel after Solano had taken the girl shopping for back to school items at the Great Mall in Milpitas, prosecutors said. After the nuns notified police, Solano packed some belongings and fled from San Jose to Mexico with his other daughter who was 4 years old at the time, prosecutors said. San Jose police and the FBI soon located the 4-year-old staying with her mother’s relatives in Nayarit, Mexico, prosecutors said.

The district attorney’s office’s Child Abduction Unit returned her to her family in San Jose in January 2000, prosecutors said. A $1 million warrant for Solano’s arrest was issued and he remained at large for more than a decade until authorities in Mexico arrested him while he was working at a restaurant in 2011, prosecutors said. He fought extradition until Mexico sent him to San Jose in 2012, according to prosecutors.

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