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Walnut Creek Police Department
Thursday December 22nd, 2011 :: 10:37 p.m. PST

Custodian arrested on charges of Lewd Acts with a child under 14.

Chief of Police Joel Bryden

Thursday, December 22, 2011 For Immediate Release

WCPD Case Number: 11-43115

Date / Time Occurred: Thursday, December 22, 2011 at approximately 1900 hours

Location: 500 Block of Jones Place, Walnut Creek, CA

Crime Description: Lewd Act with child under 14

Suspect: John A. Astor
44 years old
Residence: Walnut Creek

Press Release Prepared By: Sergeant Jay Hill


On 12/21/11, the Walnut Creek Police Department received information of an adult male who was alleged to have committed lewd acts with a child under 14 years old. The allegations were investigated and on 12/22/11 at approximately 1900 hours, Walnut Creek Police Detectives served a Search and Arrest Warrant for the person and residence of John Astor, who is employed as a custodian for the Mt. Diablo School District.

Astor was arrested a short distance away from his home and was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on charges of committing lewd acts upon a child under 14 years old. Astor is being held on $1.5 million dollars bail.

Due to his occupation as a custodian (at a variety of schools throughout the district) and his accessibility to children, anyone who has additional information about Astor or suspects their child may be a victim is urged to contact the Walnut Creek Police Department at (925) 943-5844.

Sgt Jay Hill will be available for press inquiries from 10-11AM on Friday, 12/23 at the Walnut Creek Police Department.

Walnut Creek Police Department
1666 N Main St
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 925-943-5844

Jay Hill

500 Jones Pl
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

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