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Aaron Antill

Man convicted for sexual assaults on young teen

BARSTOW • A San Bernardino man pleaded no contest to numerous charges of sexual assault on a boy as young as 13 years old — one assault which occurred at a Barstow truck stop.

In a plea agreement with Barstow prosecutors, Aaron Antill, 38, pleaded no contest Tuesday to lewd and lascivious acts with a child and two counts of sex acts on a victim 14 or 15 years of age. He will face four years and four months in prison for the crimes, one which counts as a strike on his record, and all which will require him to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

“Every (child molestation) case — and this case is no different — is a case that involves the destruction of a person’s ability to trust adults for the rest of their lives and that’s a tragedy,” said Deputy District Attorney Joel Buckingham.

Antill was arrested by Barstow police August 2010 after a 15-year-old San Bernardino boy reported to San Bernardino police Antill had sex with him on several occasions.

The San Bernardino police investigation revealed that Antill was a truck driver who took the victim on cross-country trips where he assaulted the 15-year-old in June 2010 at a Barstow truck stop. Authorities later found the assaults began as early as 2007.

Antill was originally charged with sodomy, oral copulation and lewd and lascivious acts on a minor. The sodomy and oral copulation charges were dropped in his plea agreement. The maximum sentence he could have faced for all charges was 10 years, eight months in prison, Buckingham said. However, it’s difficult to say if a judge would have ruled for the aggravated sentence terms on this case, he said.

Antill is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 14 at Barstow Superior Court. Antill, who posted bail and has been out of custody, will be taken into custody at that point to serve his sentence.

Contact the writer:
(760) 256-4123 or klucia@desertdispatch.com


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