San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

INCIDENT: PC 288.7(a) Sexual Intercourse or Sodomy of a Child under 10 years (10 counts)

PC 667.61(a) Additional Enhancement (10 counts)

LOCATION: San Bernardino

SUSPECT: Arturo Arrioja Batalla, age 62, a resident of Muscoy

VICTIM(S): Confidential female juveniles (five known victims at the time of this release)


On Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at about 4:30 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Central Station, received information that Arturo Arrioja Batalla had been sexually abusing three female victims since approximately 2008.The victims were 6, 7, and 9 years old when the abuse began.Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children Detail were requested and assumed the investigation.The suspect, Arturo Arrioja Batalla, was interviewed and subsequently arrested without incident.Batalla was transported and booked into the Central Detention Center for PC288.7(a) Sexual Intercourse or Sodomy of a Child Under 10 years old.Following his arrest, two additional female victims came forward and alleged similar sexual abuse starting at the ages of 3 and 12 years old. Batalla is being held at West Valley Detention Center in lieu of $2,000,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on March 1, 2016 in the San Bernardino Justice Center.


Through investigation, detectives have determined that the abuse occurred in Batalla’s home, as well as, additional abuse occurred while driving his semi-truck for work in various other locations, including other states.Detectives are releasing the booking photograph of Arturo Arrioja Batalla as they believe there may be additional victims.


Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective John Everman at Crimes Against Children Detail (909) 387-3615.Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME or


Booking photo available:


Refer:Detective John Everman or Sergeant Dana Foster

Station:Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children Detail

Phone No.(909) 387-3615

Case No.601600004

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700