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Friday January 14th, 2022 :: 04:30 p.m. PST


Joseph Nardella Arrested for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Minor

DATE/TIME: Friday, January 14, 2022, 10:50 a.m. 

INCIDENT: PC 288.5(a) - Continuous Sexual Abuse of Minor under the age of 14

LOCATION: City of Highland, City of Redlands

SUSPECT(S): Joseph Nardella, 52-year-old, resident of Highland

VICTIM(S): Confidential, 18-year-old male 

SUMMARY: On Thursday, January 13, 2022, investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children Detail (CAC), began an investigation regarding an 18-year-old male who disclosed he was sexually abused between the ages of 12-years-old to 17-years-old by Joseph Nardella.

The suspect was a teacher at Clement Middle School in Redlands during the time the victim was a student at the school. Nardella has been placed on administrative leave by the school district.

At the conclusion of the investigation, CAC detectives arrested Nardella. Nardella was booked into custody at Central Detention Center in San Bernardino for violation of PC 288.5(a), continuous sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 14 and is being held on $350,000.00 bail. 

Nardella's booking photo is being released, as it is believed there may be additional victims.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Vanayes Quezada of the Specialized Investigations Division Crimes Against Children Detail at (909) 387-3615. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at 

Refer: Deputy Vanayes Quezada

Station: Specialized Investigations Division - Crimes Against Children Detail

Phone No. (909) 387-3615

Case No. 602200005

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Headquarters
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San Bernardino, CA 92408

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