Chad Howard Vanhulzen
Chad Howard Vanhulzen

A 37-year-old Hermosa Beach man has been charged with engaging in a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old Carson girl, police said Monday.

Chad Howard Vanhulzen was arrested Nov. 14 and charged with 15 felony counts of unlawful sex with a minor and other offenses, Torrance police Sgt. Robert Watt said.

He pleaded not guilty and is set to return to Torrance court on Dec. 6.

The girl's parents notified police recently when they learned of the alleged relationship. Vanhulzen and the girl met at a party in June in Torrance and became involved in a consensual sexual relationship, Watt said.

Vanhulzen is in custody in county jail on $1.25 million bail.

- Larry Altman