Phelan man suspected of sexually abusing 5 minors, may be more victims, authorities say

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Authorities believe there may be additional victims after a Phelan man was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of sexually abusing at least five children.

Martin Castillo, 60, was arrested Thursday and booked into county jail in lieu of $1.7 million bail. He is suspected of multiple crimes: Continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, willful cruelty to a child, oral copulation wiith a child under 14, sending harmful matter to a minor and sexual penetration with a foreign object.

Investigators began an investigation in May into the “physical abuse of multiple victims ranging from 5 years old to 14 years old,” according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

The abuse of the five children took place from 2010 to 2020, detectives said. The sheriff’s department released Castillo’s booking photo to assist in finding more victims.

Castillo is scheduled to appear at the Victorville Superior Courthouse on Monday.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Wendy Winegar of the Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children Detail at 909-387-3615.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.

Daily Press reporter Martin Estacio may be reached at 760-955-5358 or MEstacio@VVDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter @DP_mestacio.

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