Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 288a PC [Lewd Acts with Minor], 220(a)(2) PC [Sexual Battery], 222 PC [Administer Controlled Substance], 273a PC [Child Endangerment], 11361(b) HS [Provide Minor with Marijuana], 11380 HS [Provide Minor with Controlled Substance], 313.1 PC [Exhibiting Harmful Matter to Minor], 647.6(a)(2) PC [Annoy or Molest Minor]
Report Number:
2014-6184    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
288a PC [Lewd Acts with Minor], 220(a)(2) PC [Sexual Battery], 222 PC [Administer Controlled Substance], 273a PC [Child Endangerment], 11361(b) HS [Provide Minor with Marijuana], 11380 HS [Provide Minor with Controlled Substance], 313.1 PC [Exhibiting Harmful Matter to Minor], 647.6(a)(2) PC [Annoy or Molest Minor]
Location:
32000 block Simpson Lane, Fort Bragg Ca.
When: Date: 03-07-2014 Time: 9:31 P.M.
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Male Juvenile
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Harold Casebolt 51 Fort Bragg, Ca.
         
Written by: Sergeant Joseph Comer
Synopsis: On 03/07/2014 at approximately 9:31 P.M., Deputies received a radio call for service to conduct a welfare check on a male juvenile in the custody and care of the suspect Harold Casebolt. The reporting party informed Deputies that Casebolt was potentially molesting the male juvenile.

On 03/08/2014 at approximately 12:05 A.M., Deputies responded to the Simpson Lane residence and contacted Casebolt and the male juvenile. During that contact Deputies entered Casebolt’s residence and observed a pornographic movie playing on a television, along with sexual type instruments and marijuana lying about in plain view.

Based on the Deputies observations, the Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau was notified and responded to assist in the investigation.

During that investigation, Detectives learned that the male juvenile had been in Casebolt’s care for just over 1-month. Detectives learned that Casebolt and the male juvenile were both presently under the influence of methamphetamine and that the male juvenile had been using methamphetamine and marijuana obtained from Casebolt.

Deputies learned that Casebolt allowed and watched pornographic movies together with the male juvenile and that Casebolt had repeatedly and inappropriately touched the male juvenile while both slept in the same bed.

Casebolt was arrested at the scene and subsequently transported to the Mendocino County Jail where he is being held in lieu of bail set at $75,000.00.
Approved By: Lieutenant Greg Stefani