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Police arrest Mountain View man suspected of raping 12-year-old girl

The man met victim via an online dating site, says MVPD

A 46-year-old Mountain View man was arrested Monday after he allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl after meeting her through a dating website.

Police identified the suspect as Sean Muilenburg, who lives in the Waverly Park neighborhood on the 500 block of Chesley Court. He was arrested Monday, May 13, and is being held without bail.


Sean Muilenburg
After meeting the 12-year-old Sunnyvale girl on an undisclosed dating website and exchanging cell phone numbers, Muilenburg allegedly picked up the girl at a park in Sunnyvale and took her to his home, where he committed non-consensual "sexual acts" with her, according to a statement by the Mountain View police.

The case was initially handled by the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, which received a missing person report for the girl at 2 a.m. on Monday. Officers found the text messages that reportedly linked the girl to Muilenburg, tipping off Mountain View police to intercept him as he returned home after dropping her off in Sunnyvale.

Muilenburg was arrested on suspicion of committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child and rape of a child under the age of 14. He was booked into Santa Clara County's Elmwood Correctional Facility.

Police believe the victim left home and met with Muilenburg about an hour before she was reported missing, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson. It's still unclear how long she had been communicating with the suspect via text messages and the dating website.

Other details about the incident are being withheld pending an investigation and a full police report, Nelson said.

Police believe that there could be more victims who were contacted by Muilenburg, and are asking anyone with information to contact Det. Temo Gonzalez at temo.gonzalez@mountainview.gov.

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