Registered Sex Offender: Highland Man Accused of Annoying/Molesting Girls

Two girls were walking home from San Gorgonio High School when they were approached by Victor Carrillo, 49, of Highland, deputies said. The girls used a cell phone to take a photo of Carrillo in his black Honda CRV.

A Highland man who is a registered sex offender was arrested Thursday on suspicion of annoying or molesting two girls walking home from San Gorgonio High School, according to the Sheriff's Department.

The girls were walking on Cole Avenue near 14th Street about 3 p.m. Oct. 11 when they were approached by Victor Carrillo, 49, Highland deputies said in a statement.

"He followed them for several blocks in his vehicle, a black Honda CRV, then asked them if they would like a ride," deputies said. "Both victims declined and used their cell phone to take a picture of Carrillo in his vehicle."

Carrillo had allegedly approached one of the victims earlier this week and she was "afraid of what he might try to do," deputies said. "The victims ran home and told a parent who called for deputies."

Based on the victims' photographs and evidence, deputies found Carrillo and his vehicle at his home in the 7000 block of Colwyn Avenue, according to the Sheriff's Department.

"Carrillo is a Registered Sex Offender, currently residing in Highland," deputies said.

He was arrested and taken to West Valley Detention Center for booking on suspicion of sex offender registration violations and annoying or molesting children. His bail was listed at $60,000.

Carrillo is scheduled for arraignment Monday in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Deputies were investigating other reports that Carrillo may have contacted female juveniles under similar circumstances. Anyone with more info was urged to call Detective Andy Garcia at (909) 425-9793.

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Carl Booth October 13, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Whoever said sex offenders can be rehabilitated should know that's just not possible. Predators of children like Victor Carrillo should be locked up forever.
ATC October 14, 2012 at 04:08 PM
While certainly an intersting and important article, I'm a bit confused as to why it is posted on the Banning-Beaumont Patch. San Gorgonio HIGH SCHOOL is in San Bernardino, Mr. Carrillo lives in Highland, and I assume the girls are also from Highland (or San Bernardino). The incident took place on Cole Av. near 14th St, also in Highland. There is absolutely no connection to this area, that I can see.
Charles Ferrell October 14, 2012 at 04:35 PM
We are the San Gorgonio Pass Area and we have a San Gorgonio Middle School here, but Gary is right in that this story has no connection to our area and should not have been included in our edition of the Patch. The only way this story could have qualified for a mention in our edition of the Patch would be as part of an general story on how these girls did the right thing by capturing the image of this creep on their cell phone cameras and helped get him caught. Good for them and a lesson for our residents, too. But otherwise, this was not our story.
ATC October 14, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Exactly, Charles. I, too, first thought that it was connected to San Gorgonio Middle School. But I wasn't familiar with Cole Ave. So I looked a bit closer to see exactly where that was, and realized that it was SG High School, in SNBO.
Adam October 15, 2012 at 05:02 PM
The article was very appropriate for The Patch regardless of the area of occurence. Sexual predators know no boundries and many of recidivists have committed crimes in cities outside of their residency to avoid detection. This should serve as an Public Announcement Alert to all parents, children and citizens in general, to be aware of their surroundings and be alert and observant for these types of predatory criminals. Remember Anthony Martinez was abducted in Beaumont in 1997 and later found murdered. The murderer, Joseph Ducan, was from another state. The victims demonstrated great courage and initiative and deserve public commendation to serve as an example to others.
ATC October 15, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Well, I tend to disagree. There is crime of all types anywhere you look, and there are nearly 100 registered sex offenders just in the Beaumont-Banning area alone. There are also numerous attempted abductions throughout the rest of the state and beyond. What is the "sphere of influence distance" that we want to reflect here on the Banning-Beaumont Patch? 50 miles? 500 miles? Out of state (like your example; Joseph Duncan)? If that's the case, then there is going to be little room, if any, for local news, which IMO is what the Patch is all about.


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