Child molester faces life without parole

Santos Guevara-Oliva was extradited to Santa Barbara County from Maryland

POSTED: 06:12 PM PDT May 31, 2013    UPDATED: 04:18 PM PDT Jun 02, 2013 
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

For the first time in California, a suspected child molester is facing life without the possibility of parole.

Santos Guevara-Oliva is charged with raping his girlfriend's 13-year-old daughter in Carpinteria.

He fled to Maryland but was extradited back to Santa Barbara County this week.

He now faces a sentence that is historic for both the county and the state.

"Chelsea's Law was amended to allow for, in limited circumstances, if persons commit certain sex crimes and commit either bodily harm or personally commit great bodily injury on victims who are under 14 years of age, the law appropriately provides for a sentence of life without the possibility of parole," said Deputy District Attorney Ben Ladinig.

Guevara-Oliva will be in court on Monday for his continued arraignment.