The woman who filed a paternity lawsuit in San Diego County naming teen singer Justin Bieber as the child's father may face a statutory rape investigation.
A Los Angeles police commander says his department could investigate the alleged sexual tryst between an underage Bieber and the now 20-year-old woman because it violates California's statutory rape law.
Cmdr. Andrew Smith said Thursday that no report has been taken about the October 2010 incident at Staples Center. However, police could look into the matter after various media outlets reported Mariah Yeater filed a paternity suit earlier this week against Bieber.
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Yeater had just turned 19 when she says she and Bieber, then 16, had a sexual encounter after one of his concerts.
NBC San Diego was unable to obtain the sealed court documents filed in the South County courthouse, but Radar Online posted a copy of the documents obtained by Star Magazine online.
The birth certificate for Yeater's baby reveals the boy was born at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. No name is listed for father on the certificate.
California law states anyone who has unlawful sex with a minor and not more than three years older is guilty of a misdemeanor, which carries up to a one-year jail sentence.
Reps for the singer told E! Online, "We will vigorously pursue all available legal remedies to defend and protect Justin against these allegations."
"So Im going to ignore the rumors...and focus on what is real. an opportunity to help by doing what i love. Judge me on the music! Love yall!," Bieber tweeted Wednesday.
A court hearing has been scheduled for December 15.