One arrested on felony charges in Mammoth Lakes

Mono County DA news release

On May 16, 2019, Mono County District Attorney Investigators,with the assistance of Mammoth Lakes Police Department, arrested Jorge Romero Espitia for 19 felony charges, including alleged sexual acts with minors and providing methamphetamine to minors. He is currently in custody with bail set at $500,000.

There is reason to believe there may be other victims. If you or someone you know has information concerning Mr. Espitia and potential sexual acts with minors or furnishing illegal drugs to minors please contact Mono County District Attorney Chief Investigator Chris Callinan directly at 760-858-2127.

You may also walk in during normal business hours to the Mammoth Lakes branch of the District Attorney’s office located in the Sierra Center Mall at 452 Old Mammoth Road.

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14 Responses to One arrested on felony charges in Mammoth Lakes

  1. Sara July 7, 2019 at 2:30 pm #

    I don’t necessarily think it’s a cultural thing
    I think it’s more shame than anything else

    No matter the race if you found out your nephew was a victim would you go forward and call the police or would you be ashamed and not want to put your nephew through more suffering by having to re live something

    I know we all wanna day we would co fact law enforcement it as always things are easier said than done

  2. Bob Loblaw May 21, 2019 at 8:40 pm #

    Are we positing that only one specific group of people avoid contacting the police to inform on a friend or relative? No snitching tendencies along with mistrust in the justice system are pretty much the norm in many cultures, especially in the lower middle class and below.

    • Tinner May 23, 2019 at 6:17 pm #

      As far as sex crimes on children, yes, thanks for making my point.

  3. Chimi Bonga May 21, 2019 at 1:06 pm #

    No, the Bishop Elementary suspect’s was named Solorio.

    But you easily confused the two because maybe it’s a cultural thing, huh Sierra Lady?

  4. Sierra Lady May 21, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

    I thought I read in the original press release that he was a current teacher at Bishop Elementary School? Maybe I’m mistaken.

  5. Quacque May 21, 2019 at 11:30 am #

    Is it part if tour ‘culture’ to try to twist everything into an opportunity for race-baiting? In this case you do your best to cover it with sanctimony and pretending to know more than others, have special insights. There are valid questions to be addressed here, but you appear uniquely unqualified to ask them.

    • Tinner May 21, 2019 at 3:37 pm #

      Quacque, it’s a small town.
      Anyone and everyone is qualified and has the right to ask questions when it comes to crimes such as this, welcome to America.

  6. Tinner May 20, 2019 at 6:57 pm #

    Apparently this individual had been doing this for years and was living out of the area because he knew he was being sought by LE. What I don’t understand is why those around him, friends and family, chose not to turn him in. Could it be a cultural thing?
    Those who were aware of these offenses and remained silent should be charged with crime, complicity? I don’t know how they could look at themselves in the mirror, I don’t know how they can look at the faces of the victims and not feel shame.
    If found guilty, may he rot in hell.
    I am sickened by people like this.

    • Charles O. Jones May 22, 2019 at 7:20 pm #

      I don’t know any of the specifics other than what’s been written in the article. But under the current political environment it shouldn’t come as a surprise if many within the immigrant community have become reluctant to contact law enforcement with concerns. That aside, I agree, these are despicable crimes that have allegedly been committed.

      • Cheep Labor May 23, 2019 at 7:09 am #

        Yes, with this Trump fellow continually calling them rapist scum who “infest” our communities, it is little wonder they shy away from contact with the authorities.

        • David Dennison May 23, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

          …Good point,Cheep Labor…with this case,and many others,you can’t expect others to come forward with maybe more evidence to help investigations nowdays,especially if you don’t have a “green card” or documentation in hand….or even if you did,a chance some trump-ordered officer being sent in asking questions,putting you on the spot with an attitude and embarrassing questions for you and your family…..before,it used to be just “no snitching” for some…,it’s for the sake of you and family members,fearing the worst, to avoid contact with authorities wearing a badge.

        • Mark May 24, 2019 at 11:11 am #

          A wall probably wouldve prevented this #buildthewall

          • David Dennison May 24, 2019 at 11:33 am #

            Mark…..”and who’s going to pay for the (invisible) wall ?….MEXICO is going to pay for the (invisible ) wall !!”… his worshipers bow down,lick his feet and cheer their liar in chief…

      • Johnny May 23, 2019 at 10:42 pm #

        So what about all of the people who knew for years about Harvey Weinstein or Bill Cosby before those men became publicly known as sex offenders? Should all of those people who knew the rumors be charged with crimes too? It was all just word-of-mouth at that point, how could they be expected to prove anything or provide hard, factual evidence? It’s not just a simple, black-and-white issue, you can’t always blame people for not coming forward. It’s only been the last few years or so that accusers are finally being taken seriously and are being listened to more. There may be many factors at work here that we’re not qualified to make judgments about.


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