On Wednesday, Jan. 23, Highland deputies arrested Anthony Barboza-Aparicio, 36, for lewd or lascivious acts with a child, a female juvenile.
According to a sheriff’s department press release, the investigation began on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, when a sheriff’s deputy assigned to the Highland Station was dispatched to the 7100 block of Elmwood Road regarding a request for an immediate response from the Department of Child and Family Services. The call was in reference to the possible sexual abuse to a female juvenile victim by the victim’s mother’s boyfriend, Alberto Barboza-Aparicio. An investigation was conducted and the victim did not disclose details of sexual abuse.
On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Deputy Shelly Ponce, assigned as the Highland Station Child and Family Services investigator, conducted further investigation and interviews, which produced additional evidence.
On Wednesday, Jan. 23, Barboza-Aparicio was interviewed regarding the allegations. At the conclusion of the interview, Barboza-Aparicio was arrested and booked into the Central Detention Center for Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Child Under 14, with a bail set at $250,000. He is scheduled for arraignment in the Superior Court of San Bernardino on Monday, Jan. 27.
A booking photo is being released due to the possibility of other victims. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact detectives the Highland Police Station at (909) 425-9793. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at wetip.com.