The following is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 08-08-2021 at about 3:55 PM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to motel located in the 75000 block of Highway 162 in Covelo, California.
Deputies were advised a person named Paulino Calihua was highly intoxicated and was soliciting females for sexual acts. Deputies were also advised Calihua had a 4 year-old child with him.
Deputies arrived and contacted Calihua, who advised he was from Yuba City, California. Calihua had the objective signs of being under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, to include having trouble maintaining his balance.
Sheriff’s Office Dispatch advised Calihua was on active probation for an alcohol related offense. Deputies located a large amount of open and unopened alcoholic beverage containers in his possession.
Deputies learned Calihua had arrived in Covelo on 08-07-2021 and had made numerous attempts to pay females for sexual acts and asked strangers to babysit the 4 year-old child.
Deputies determined the child had not eaten for about 24 hours. As a result, community members and Deputies provided the child with food and water.
Calihua was arrested for willful cruelty to a child (273A(A) PC) and violation of probation (1203.2 PC). Calihua was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was be held in lieu of $27,500.00 bail.
Child Protective Services was contacted and the child was reunited with a family member.