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Barstow Police arrest man wanted for raping and impregnating teen girl



BARSTOW, Calif. ( — Barstow Police arrested a 34-year-old man wanted for allegedly raping and impregnating a teenage girl approximately seven years ago, officials said.

On January 15, 2019, the Barstow Police Department received a report of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, which occurred approximately seven years ago.

The officer learned that the victim, who was 16-years-old at the time, became pregnant from the unlawful intercourse and later had a child from the suspect. The suspect was identified as Brandon Yaag, who was 25-years-old at the time.

According to a Barstow Police news release, “Detective Matthew Helms assumed the investigation and learned that the 16-year-old victim had previously been molested by Yaag when she was 11-years-old while Yaag was living at her family’s residence. Detective Helms learned that there were two additional victims who were 11 and 12-years-old at the time they were molested. The victim provided a paternity test which confirmed Yaag was in fact the father of her 7-year-old child. The victim told Detective Helms that Yaag provided her alcohol and proceeded to rape her when she was 16-years-old.”

Detective Helms spoke with the two additional victims who confirmed that they were molested by Yaag in 2004, when they were 11 and 12-years-old.

On December 18, 2019, Detective Helms interviewed Yaag at his place of work in Ontario, California. As a result of the interview, Detective Helms placed Yaag under arrest.

Yaag was booked at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga for PC 288.5(a) – Lewd And Lascivious Acts With A Child (Multiple Victims), PC 261.5(c) – Unlawful Intercourse With A Minor and PC 261(a)(3) – Rape Of An Intoxicated Victim.

According to public records, Yaag is scheduled for preliminary arraignment in a Victorville courtroom on December 20, 2019, and his bail is set at $350k.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation may contact Detective Matthew Helms at (760) 255-5132 or the Barstow Police Department at (760) 256-2211. Those wishing to remain anonymous may also make a report by calling the WE-TIP hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.

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