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Man accused of abusing two 13-year-old girls in Vancouver

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

A 27-year-old man is accused of plying two 13-year-old girls with alcohol and methamphetamine and then sexually abusing them.

Jose Steven Padilla, no residence listed, was scheduled to appear Tuesday via video link in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of second-degree child molestation, sexual exploitation of a minor, fourth-degree assault and supplying liquor to minors. His hearing was set over a day, however, because he was too ill to appear.

Judge Bernard Veljacic ordered a no-bail hold on Padilla.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, a Vancouver police officer was dispatched at 10:12 p.m. Aug. 26 to a juvenile abuse call at Alder Creek Apartments, 11614 N.E. 49th St.

Additional police units responded, along with AMR and Vancouver Fire Department. One of the victims was treated at the scene, the affidavit states.

Both victims told police that Padilla came to the apartment and forced them to drink alcohol. He then inappropriately touched them and demanded they kiss each other, court records state.

Padilla smoked what appeared to be methamphetamine and encouraged them to try it, blowing smoke into one of the girls’ mouths. She later tested positive for methamphetamine at a hospital, according to court documents.

Court records state Padilla was arrested Monday but do not explain the lapse of time between the alleged incident and the arrest.