Nipomo man arrested for allegedly sexually abusing teen girls

December 4, 2023

Elijah Eric Machado


San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 21-year-old Nipomo man on Friday for allegedly sexually abusing two teenage girls.

On Nov. 24, a person reported a child sexual abuse allegation to the SLO County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives immediately began investigating. 

Investigators identified two female victims, both 15 years old. Detectives determined Elijah Eric Machado committed various sexual acts with both of the victims over a period of several months. The abuse began when both of the girls were 14 years old, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies arrested Machado for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, oral copulation with a minor, sexual penetration with a minor and using an underage person for obscene matter. Machado currently remains in SLO County Jail with his bail set at $500,000.

The sheriff’s office requests that anyone who has additional information about the case or who knows of other potential victims contact its detective division at (805) 781-4500. 

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Since this guy is a repeat offender, lock him up and throw away the key.

Where does it say repeat offender? How many thousands of dollars does it cost to keep criminals in the County Jail? How much in the State & Federal prisons?

it doesn’t say it, but he is.

Please advise a lower cost alternative. Should he just be released with a “cross-my-heart, pinky-swear” that he won’t do it again (most cost effective result)?

Society has a contract with gov’t: gov’t retains justice and the public refrains from vendettas, vigilantism and mob justice. If the gov’t isn’t seen to at least try to prevent wrongs to their citizens, then the citizens will take action on their own.