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Joseph Barnum, 44, Arrested for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a 12-year-old Girl

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( –Crimes Against Children Detectives arrested 44-year-old Joseph Barnum for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a 12-year-old girl and officials believe there may be more victims.

On Friday, December 14, 2019, a now 24-year-old female reported Joseph Barnum sexually abused her when she was a minor. 

According to a sheriff’s news release, “the victim was abused from the age of seven to twelve-years-old.  Investigators determined the abuse took place in the cities of Fullerton and Victorville.”
An extensive investigation was conducted with collaboration from deputies from the Victorville Sheriff’s Station and detectives from the Specialized Investigations, Crimes Against Children Detail. 

At the conclusion of the investigation, Barnum was arrested and booked at Central Detention Center for continuous sexual abuse of a minor.  His bail was set for $350,000.

Officials said the location of the crimes were in the City of Victorville and the City of Fullerton.                       

Detectives believe there may be more victims and are asking anyone with information to contact the Specialized Investigation Division, Crimes Against Children Detail, Detective Wendi Beaton (909) 387-3615.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or  

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