Twentynine Palms, CA— On Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at about 4:00 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a crime against a child in Twentynine Palms. The investigation revealed that the female juvenile victim was raped by Steven McLaughlin, 25 of Yucca Valley at her family residence sometime in late August, 2012.
A records check on McLaughlin revealed that he was currently in custody at the West Valley Detention Center (WVDC) since early September 2012, for violation of his early release from State Prison. Sheriff’s detectives interviewed McLaughlin at WVDC and subsequently he was additionally charged with rape by force/fear and lewd/lascivious acts with a minor.
During the time of this crime, McLaughlin had been released early from State Prison due to State Assembly Bill – AB109, which allows the early release of felons from State Prison. He remains in custody at WVDC in lieu of $250,000 bail.
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