Neighbors Shocked After Woodland Man Arrested, Charged with Child Sex Acts

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A Woodland neighborhood is shocked after a 65-year-old man was arrested and charged with 28 counts of sex acts with a minor under 14 years old.

Xavier Mancilla was arrested in January and now sits inside the Yolo County Jail on $10 million bail.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Yolo County District Attorney's Office, Mancilla abused a single victim between March 2008 and March 2014.

"Getting the news was a total shock. It was one of those, 'No, not this person.' It's quite earth shattering," said a neighbor, who lived down the street from Mancilla for more than 25 years but wished to remain anonymous. "He's been here for decades, has been very helpful, very friendly whenever he would come by. Yeah it's quite a shock, it seems so out of character."

No one answered the door at Mancilla's Woodland home when FOX40 went for comment. But other neighbors told FOX40 Mancilla is married, living only with his wife, who was known as a block captain for the neighborhood watch group. His wife reportedly told neighbors her husband would not be coming back home after his arrest.

"I've not met any of his children, I believe they're adult children from what I've been told," the same neighbor told FOX40.

He said Mancilla would often lend his tools to neighbors, and was known for helping people with yard work around their homes.

"Friendly, 'Can I help you?' Always offering. I'm pretty, I can do things on my own, but always helping," the neighbor said.

Parents on the block said they've spoken to their kids just to be sure Mancilla didn't assault any other victims. Occasionally, neighbors say he worked as a volunteer firefighter. But mainly he was retired.

"I do believe he's retired, like to camp, do that type of thing, yeah," the neighbor said.

Mancilla is due in Yolo Superior Court on Friday morning for a pretrial hearing.

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