Monday, December 5, 2022

Laytonville Man Arrested for Alleged ‘Continuous Sexual Abuse’ of 9-Year-Old Child, Says MCSO


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:

Wilmer Jack Mitchell [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Booking Logs]

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.



  1. He can always just pay Kamala Harris off to permanently seal all of the evidence, like she did for those 8 preists who raped over 230 young boys, when she was the DA of San Francisco…

    • Way to go you just gave zero empathy to the victim and their family in this case. Go ahead and push your political agenda. That’s all that matters, right? Forget about these people they mean nothing as long as you get your agenda pushed here SMH

      • Using the mob rule/anger addict’s logic anyone who voted for Kamala is guilty of her sins too. You know the if you voted for a pedo protector then you’re pro pedo too. Not to mention her racist running mate. Funny how pointing her sins out is triggering you.

        And spare me the “thoughts and prayers” mean something here in a comment section…requiring them is just a way to feed your outrage addiction.

  2. You do realize tat in a case of this kind, when you reveal the suspect’s name, you effectively reveal the name of the victim, right? That’s why newspapers generally don’t report this type of crime. Of course, the net effect of that policy is that ppeople think this crime is much rarer than it really is.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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