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Adelanto Man Arrested for Multiple Sexual Offenses Against a Minor

ADELANTO, Calif. ( — A 29-year-old Adelanto man identified as Howard Powell III, was arrested for multiple sexual offenses against a minor.

On Tuesday, January 16, 2024, deputies were contacted by a local high school regarding a female student reporting she was being sexually assaulted by a male relative, officials said.

The victim’s age, name, or name of the school, were withheld by sheriff’s officials to protect her identity.

Deputies and detectives interviewed the teenage victim and obtained search warrants to obtain DNA and other evidence associated with the allegations.

Evidence was located to substantiate the crime had occurred, and Howard Powell III was arrested for multiple sexual offenses. 

Howard Powell III is currently being held at High Desert Detention Center in lieu of $100,000.00 bail. 

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Z. Vogel or Deputy M. Lewis, at Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station 760-552-6800. Callers can remain anonymous and contact We-Tip at 800-78CRIME or

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