DATE/TIME: February 13, 2018 / 03:58 p.m.
INCIDENT: PC 288(a) Lewd and Lascivious Acts With A Child
PC 289 Penetration with a Foreign Object
PC 288.5(a) Continous Sexual Abuse of a Child
PC 136.1(a) Witness Intimidation
LOCATION: San Bernardino
SUSPECT(S): Jose Baltazar Castillo, 59-year-old a resident of San Bernardino
Irene Rodriguez Torres, 52-year-old a resident of San Bernardino
VICTIM(S): Confidential Victim’s
SUMMARY: Central Station has a dedicated Child and Adult Protective Services Deputy who investigates allegations of child and elder abuse. In February 2018, the deputy began an investigation on a referral from Children and Family Services. The allegations were the continuous sexual abuse of a 17-year-old female victim; the abuse started when the victim was 3-years-old. During the investigation, detectives discovered there were four additional juvenile victims living in the home. Detectives interviewed and collected evidence, and identified Jose Antonio Castillo as the suspect.
On February 17, 2018, Castillo was arrested and booked into the Central Detention Center. Detectives also arrested Irene Rodriguez Torres who is in a relationship with Castillo. Torres was aware of the sexual abuse and failed to report the incident and protect the children in her care and, she attempted to dissuade the victims from speaking to detectives. On February 26, 2018, Torres was arrested and booked into the Central Detention Center for PC 273a(a) Child Abuse. Torres has since plead guilty and has been released from custody and is on four years of felony probation. Jose Castillo’s case is still pending.
We urge the public to call law enforcement when they see suspicious activity. Witnesses and victims of crime can call Central Station at (909) 387-3545. Callers who want to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME(27463), or they can leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
Refer: Deputy B. Ortiz
Station: Central Station
Phone No. 909-387-3545
Case No. 151800515
JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department