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Oak Hills High School Assistant Principal Matthew Lin Johnson is being held without bail

By Harriet Sokmensuer
February 17, 2021 02:00 PM
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Matthew Lin Johnson
Credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

An assistant principal at a California high school is accused of repeatedly molesting a young girl for two years.

Oak Hills High School Assistant Principal Matthew Lin Johnson, 42, was arrested last week and charged with continuous sexual abuse of a minor, including lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, according to the San Bernardino Sheriff's Office.

The alleged victim, now 10, told police Johnson had repeatedly molested her for two years when she was seven and eight years old.

Johnson was taken into custody three days after investigators learned of the allegations.

A police spokesperson told KTLA, "the suspect is known to the victim, it was not a stranger situation."

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Hesperia Unified School District officials have placed Johnson on leave and have also prohibited him from returning to school grounds. Assistant Superintendent Robert McCollum confirmed with the Victorville Daily Press that the district had been notified of the 42-year-old's arrest "on an issue unrelated to school or district operations."

Investigators have not found any evidence that indicates Johnson had inappropriate contact with his students. He is being held without bail in West Valley Detention Center. Attorney information was not available Wednesday. It was not immediately clear if he has entered a plea.

Authorities urge anyone with additional information to contact Deputy Vanayes Quezada with the crimes against children detail of the specialized investigations division at (909) 387-3615. Anyone who wants to remain anonymous can call the WeTip Hotline at (800) 782-7463 or visit the WeTip website.

If you suspect child abuse, call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.