Social worker to stand trial in sex-abuse cases


A former San Mateo County Child Protective Services Agency social worker accused of molesting two East Palo Alto girls was ordered on March 5 to stand trial by a San Mateo County Superior Court judge.

Manuel Anton Sedillo-Messer, 38, of Santa Clara faces 20 charges for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with the underage girls, both 16. He faces 10 additional charges for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with a third girl, according to the DA's office.

The girls were assigned to Sedillo-Messer, who worked with troubled children. He allegedly became friendly with the first victim, culminating in a sexual relationship between June 21 and July 31, 2014. The allegations include molestations at a motel near Bakersfield, and at another in Redwood City, at the Child Protective Services office in East Palo Alto and at a San Mateo County beach.

The second victim was allegedly abused on July 11, 2014, when Sedillo-Messer took her to the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, according to the DA's office. One of the victims reported the abuse to her mother, who notified police.

Sedillo-Messer will return to court on March 20 for arraignment. He is out of custody on $600,000 bail.

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