The following is a press release issued by 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 02-16-2022, a Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to make contact with a concerned parent regarding sexual abuse of their (9) nine year-old child which reportedly occurred over the previous year in the 45000 block of Meadow Lane in Laytonville, California.
An initial report was taken documenting the allegations and the investigation was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office Investigations Bureau (Detective Unit).
During the next several days Sheriff’s Detectives continued the investigation and identified the suspect as being Wilmer Jack Mitchell.
Mitchell was identified as having recurring access to the child and evidence was discovered which identified multiple acts of sexual abuse beginning in 2020 and continuing through February of 2022.
Based on the information discovered, Sheriff’s Detectives believed there was sufficient probable cause to arrest Mitchell for 288.5 PC (Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child Under 14 years of Age).
On 02-24-2022 at about 3:00 PM, Mitchell was located in the Ukiah area and arrested. Following the arrest, he was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $200,000 bail.
Anyone with information concerning this investigation or Wilmer Mitchell is asked to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line at (707) 234-2100 or the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center at (707) 463-4086.