Sex offender charged with molesting Nipomo girl
April 5, 2016
A known sex offender is accused of having molested a 12-year-old girl in Nipomo in 2013. The suspect, a 45-year-old Madera man, has been in the San Luis Obispo County Jail since last week.
In March, SLO County detectives featured Mark Jeddel Cater in the Most Wanted Wednesday post on the sheriff’s office Facebook page. The sheriff’s office then received tips enabling detectives to locate and arrest Cater in Madera on March 28.
At the time, the sheriff’s office had been investigating Cater’s links to a child molestation case in Nipomo. Following Cater’s arrest and additional investigation, authorities added 10 charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.
Cater also faces charges of violating probation and domestic violence. The domestic violence incident is unrelated to the molestation case, according to the sheriff’s office. Cater’s bail is currently set at $605,000.
Investigators are trying to determine if there are any other victims in the molestation case. Anyone who knows of a potential victim is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (805) 781-4500.