DATE/TIME: January 10, 2019 / 1:17 p.m.
INCIDENT: PC288.4(a)(2) – Contact with Minor with the Intent to Commit Sexual Act
LOCATION: 7600 block of Corona Avenue, Hesperia
SUSPECT: Arturo Alfred Martinez, 42 years old, resident of Hesperia
VICTIM: Confidential – 17 year old female
On Thursday, January 10, 2019 at about 1:17 p.m., deputies from the Hesperia Station contacted sex registrant Arturo Martinez at his residence located on the 7600 block of Corona Avenue in the City of Hesperia. Deputies contacted Martinez after receiving numerous complaints from females, including a 17-year old female victim who reported being lured to his home under false pretenses. Martinez would solicit women through social media avenues and website services using a false name. Martinez would also disguise his voice to appear as a female. Martinez contacted females from Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia, Phelan and Victorville with the intention to lure them to his home with the intent to commit a sexual act.
Subsequently, deputies served a search warrant and an arrest warrant at Martinez’s home. Evidence was recovered from the home and Martinez was arrested for PC 288.4(a) (2) – Contact with a Minor with the Intent to Commit a Sexual Act. Martinez was booked at the High Desert Detention Center and is being held on $500,000 bail. Deputies discovered Arturo Martinez is a sex registrant for a conviction of PC 314 – Indecent Exposure.
Martinez was soliciting females through babysitting services, cleaning service, taxi services, real estate companies and possibly other delivery type businesses.
Detectives believe there may be additional victims and are releasing photos of Martinez. Anyone with information regarding similar incidents which might be related to Martinez are urged to contact the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station. Those who would like to remain anonymous can contact the WeTip hotline at 800-78-CRIME or www.wetip.com
Refer: Deputy Dustin Caudle or Sergeant Eric Mello
Station: Hesperia Station
Phone No. (760) 947-1500
Case No. 191809644
JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department