- Friday December 23rd, 2011 :: 11:08 a.m. PST
Photo released of custodian arrested on charges of Lewd Acts with a child under 14.
WALNUT CREEK POLICE DEPARTMENT
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
500 Jones Pl
Walnut Creek, CA 94597