November 16, 2012

Recently, a former elementary school teacher was arrested after admitting that he had been molesting various boys over many years. Caleb Hesse was a first-grade teacher at Friendly Hills Elementary School in Joshua Tree, and also served as a youth volunteer with the local church. As a church volunteer, he was involved in a number of overnight outings with kids throughout California.

The Sheriffs Department is currently trying to identify victims of the abuse and believe that some of the victims may now be 30 to 40 years old. Hesse was arrested on suspicion of committing a lewd and lascivious act with a child under 14, and is being held in lieu of $2.5-million bail.

To prove that you are guilty of violating Penal Code Section 288(a), the People must prove that:

1. You willfully touched any part of a child’s body either on the bare skin or through the clothing

2.  You willfully caused a child to touch your own body, or the body of someone else, either on the bare skin or through the clothing

3. You committed the act with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires of yourself or the child

4.  The child was under the age of 14 years at the time of the act.

If you or a loved one is facing this charge, contact the criminal defense attorneys at Wallin and Klarich.  Wallin and Klarich has many years of experience successfully defending people charged with sex crimes. We will aggressively work to defend you by investigating all aspects of your case.  We will work to ensure that your rights are protected and that you clearly understand the legal process.  The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich can be reached by phone at 888-749-0034 or through our website at We will be there when you call.


Author: Stephen Klarich

Stephen Klarich is a partner at Wallin & Klarich and expert in the field of sex crimes. For over thirty years, Stephen Klarich has been handling criminal cases and matters involving sex offenses. With an unparalleled knowledge of sex crimes defense, Stephen Klarich protects his clients’ rights. Stephen Klarich has experienced significant success in obtaining a Certificate of Rehabilitation or Governor’s Pardon for his clients. Thousands of clients have put their trust in Stephen Klarich and the attorneys at Wallin & Klarich in their time of legal need.

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