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Police make arrest in rape case

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Alameda police have arrested a man who allegedly raped an Alameda woman he met on a social networking service.

Police arrested Brian James Hilding, 23, of Hayward on charges of rape, robbery and committing a lewd and lascivious act. He was transported to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, where he was being held on $500,000 bail. A court hearing was set for 9 a.m. Tuesday morning in the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland.

Police said Hilding, whose occupation is listed by Alameda County’s inmate locator as security guard, had no prior criminal record.

Alameda Police Sgt. Jill Ottaviano said Hilding met his 28-year-old victim on MocoSpace, a social networking site that bills itself as “North America’s leading mobile-first online community.” She said the victim and Hilding communicated for several months before their first meeting, which took place Wednesday night.

Ottaviano said Hilding drove the alleged victim out to Alameda Point, where they believe he raped her and robbed her of her cell phone.

When the case was reported to police Thursday evening, they used computer forensics and cell phone information to learn Hilding’s true identity and to track him down.”Through forensics on the phone and running court orders, we were able to figure out who the suspect was,” Ottaviano said.

They then got a warrant to search a home in Hayward believed to be Hilding’s and an arrest warrant for him. Alameda police, with the aid of Hayward Police and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, were able to track Hilding down in San Lorenzo and make the arrest on Friday night.

In other crime news, The Oakland Tribune has reported that the former owner of an Alameda dance studio was arrested by Vallejo police on child pornography charges.

The paper reported that Christopher Wright, 49, was arrested Thursday in Oakland after they found more than 200 images and 34 videos of children engaged in sexual acts. The arrest followed a November 21, 2009 arrest on suspicion of committing a lewd and lascivious act with a child under the age of 14.

The paper reported that Wright owned Serendipity, a dance studio on Webster Street that ceased giving lessons in July 2009. The space had since been subleased to other businesses.

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