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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME:  072014/0119


INCIDENT:    Sex Crime with a Child


LOCATION:   Ivy Avenue/Alder Street, Hesperia


VICTIM:        Confidential female, 16 years old


SUSPECT:  Rakshannah Gopal Ranney,40 years old of Apple Valley


On Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 1:19 a.m., Deputy Chuck Foster conducted a suspicious vehicle check on a black BMW parked in the area of Ivy Avenue and Alder Street. Deputy Foster contacted a 40 year old male and a female juvenile inside the vehicle who appeared to be engaged in sexual activity.  The male, later identified as Rakshannah Ranney, and female juvenile were transported to the Hesperia station. On call Detectives responded and through their investigation determined Ranney and the victim were involved in an ongoing sexual relationship. They believe the two met on the internet and also discovered that the suspect Ranney is a substitute teacher for the Adelanto School District.

Detectives secured and executed search warrants for the suspect’s vehicle and his residence in Apple Valley seizing computers and other electronic equipment in an effort to locate other potential victims.


Rakshannah Ranney was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for PC288a(b)(1), lewd lascivious acts by force resulting in psychological harm to victim; PC261.5(c), unlawful sex with minor more than 3 years younger; PC288.3, contact minor with intent to commit sexual offense; PC459, burglary, with bail set at $125,000.


The victim, who is not currently a student of the suspect, was released to her guardian.


Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact the detective bureau at the Hesperia Station (760)947-1500.


This is an ongoing effort by the Sheriff’s Department to protect the communities it serves.

Citizens are encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Department or WE-TIP(1-800-87-CRIME, to report suspicious or criminal activity and can remain anonymous.



Refer:  Susan Rose, Public Information Officer           

Station: Hesperia    

Phone No. (760)947-1549            

Case No.   191405261       

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700

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