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Juan Ventura Astengo

Posted: Thursday, July 27, 2017 9:38 am

A Blue Jay man, already incarcerated, now has additional charges against him as a result of video images of him allegedly engaging in sex acts with children at multiple locations within the mountain communities, according to a press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

On July 14 at 8:03 p.m., Deputy Cavender of the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station began reviewing a micro SD storage card that a concerned citizen had turned in to police. The card contained more than 50 images of a nude female child performing sexually explicit acts with an adult male.

Deputies conducted an investigation and reported that they positively identified the suspect as Juan Ventura Astengo, 46, a resident of Blue Jay. The minor child also was positively identified and deputies learned that she was 2-years-old when the incident occurred.

The press release further reported that the card also contained videos that Astengo had recorded of himself having sexual intercourse with an unidentified female who appeared to be 16 to 17 years old. Deputies are seeking assistance in identifying this female victim.

Astengo was already in custody at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on an unrelated matter involving domestic violence, false imprisonment, kidnapping, narcotics violations and criminal threats. He has been additionally booked for numerous sex crimes against children. He is being held on $1 million bail.

Charges include violation of California Penal Code §288, lewd act with a child; PC §288.7(A), sodomy of a child; and PC §288.7(B), oral copulation of a child. Astengo appeared in Central Superior Court on July 25 regarding these charges.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Investigations Division at the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station, (909) 336-0600. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at 1 (800) 78-CRIME.

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