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Police arrest Hesperia man involved in sexual acts with minors and animals

HESPERIA, Calif. — Deputies arrested a 46-year-old man allegedly involved in sexual acts with minors and animals, officials said.

On January 17, 2020, the investigation led deputies to a residence in Barstow where the suspect, Timothy Carl Lawrence, was contacted and interviewed.

“During the interview, it was determined that Lawrence had been involved in recent incidents at the residence, involving a minor and an animal,” stated a sheriff’s news release.

As the investigation continued, deputies learned Lawrence and an adult female, who is now living in another state, were involved in additional sexual acts with a minor.

Officials said that portion of the investigation is ongoing, and deputies are not releasing information about the female subject at this time.

Lawrence was arrested for lewd & lascivious acts with a child under 14 and sexual assault on an animal and is currently being held at High Desert Detention Center with bail set at $255,000. He is scheduled to appear in Victorville Superior Court on March 12th.

A booking photo of Lawrence is being released, as investigators believe additional victims may exist.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Deputy V. Quezada at the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

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