General Crime

San Mateo County Social Worker Arrested For Alleged Sex with Minor

Fugitive Watch Logo 77x77px



Don’t Wait Until Your Home Has Been Burglarized

Call ADT For Alarms and Camera Systems at 888-327-3622 or Click Here

The director of the San Mateo County Human Services Agency said today she is “horrified” by allegations that one of her employees was arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 16-year-old girl he was supposed to help. It was not the first accusation of inappropriate conduct against Department of Children and Family Services social worker Manuel Sedillo, according to agency director Iliana Rodriguez.

San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies arrested Sedillo, 38, of Santa Clara, at about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday in Palo Alto on suspicion of unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under 18, oral copulation with a person under 18, sexual penetration with a person under 18, and disseminating sexual imagery to a person under 18 years old. Earlier this month, sheriff’s officials said a 16-year-old girl reported she had been having sex with her prior social worker assigned by the San Mateo County Department of Children and Family Services.

Deputies said they opened an investigation with the support of Children and Family Services and found evidence corroborating the girl’s claims. Rodriguez said her agency, which oversees Children and Family Services, first placed Sedillo on administrative leave on July 15 after receiving information regarding an alleged inappropriate relationship with another youth in his caseload. Rodriguez said the incidents were alleged to have occurred in another county. Once she received the reports, Rodriguez said she immediately placed Sedillo on administrative leave and contacted law enforcement for a “rigorous investigation.” “I was shocked and just horrified when I heard these allegations in July,” Rodriguez said.

She said the subsequent criminal investigation and an investigation by an external child welfare agency was deemed inconclusive. Regardless, Rodriguez said she found other issues with his job performance and did not reinstate him. She said she issued a termination notice on Oct. 6 and Sedillo resigned on Oct. 24. Sedillo has been employed by the county since 2001 and with the department since 2006, Rodriguez said. She said she could not disclose the age of the other alleged victim or the county in which the crimes were alleged to have occurred because they are now part of the new, ongoing investigation.

The department, along with law enforcement, is investigating Sedillo’s full caseload to see if any other victims are found. She said she could not estimate how many cases he might have handled during his eight years in the department. “We will not tolerate any misconduct,” Rodriguez said. “It’s unfortunate because social workers’ goal is to support children and families and the image this leaves is really disheartening to the entire profession. This is not what the profession is about.” Sedillo was booked into San Mateo County Jail and later posted $400,000 bail, deputies said.

He is scheduled for arraignment on Dec. 1. Sheriff’s officials said they are concerned about the possibility that other girls may have been victimized.

Anyone who may have been victimized or who may have information about the case is asked to contact Detective Dan Hoss at (650) 363-4066 or [email protected] or Detective Jesse Myers at (650) 363-4050 or [email protected]

Copyright © 2014 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

Protect your Website and Computers

Call 855-DSX-DATA (855-379-3282)

DSX web site link 500

Comment Advisement We welcome your thoughts, but for the sake of all readers, please refrain from the use of obscenities, personal attacks or racial slurs. All comments are subject to our terms of service and may be removed. Repeat offenders may lose commenting privileges.

Leave a Comment

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons