Updated: Gilroy gardener charged with kidnapping, molesting girl

Fidel Gaytan, 40

A Gilroy gardener has been charged with kidnapping to commit
lewd and lascivious acts upon a child earlier this month. Fidel
Gaytan, 40, grabbed a young girl while she was playing on Pine Way
in northeast Morgan Hill and attempted to molest her, according to
Morgan Hill Police Sgt. Shane Palsgrove.
A Gilroy gardener has been charged with kidnapping to commit lewd and lascivious acts upon a child earlier this month. Fidel Gaytan, 40, grabbed a young girl while she was playing on Pine Way in northeast Morgan Hill and attempted to molest her, according to Morgan Hill Police Sgt. Shane Palsgrove.

On the afternoon of June 28, Gaytan was working in a yard on Pine Way when he saw a girl younger than 10 and some of her friends playing hide-and-go-seek across the street. Gaytan saw the girl standing alone near a mailbox, approached her and said, “I can help you find your friends,” according to MHPD.

Gaytan allegedly reached down and quickly grabbed the girl by her hand and took her to a secluded area between two homes covered by shrubs. Then he pulled up her skirt, police said, until the girl pushed his hands away and she ran to report the incident to an adult who then called police.

Gaytan was still working in the yard when he was arrested the same day on suspicion of kidnapping to commit lewd and lascivious acts upon a child and annoying or molesting a child. He was arraigned by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and is currently being held in county jail. Gaytan has never been arrested for kidnapping or molestation, according to MHPD. His plea hearing date has been set, though the information was not available by press time.

Details of the incident, such as the exact age of the girl and how many children she was playing with, were not released by the DA’s office because the case is still under investigation, according to Palsgrove.

This is an ongoing investigation anyone with information regarding this incident, or similar incidents can contact Morgan Hill Police Department Detective Carson Thomas 408-779-2101.

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