School custodian arrested for child molestatation


Police in Walnut Creek are investigating a child molestation case that led to the arrest of a Mount Diablo School District custodian on

Thursday night.

John Astor, 44, was arrested at his Walnut Creek home in the 500 block of Jones Place around 7 p.m. Thursday on charges of lewd acts with a

child under 14 years old, police said.

He was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on $1.5 million bail.

Police on Tuesday received a report of a child under 14 who was allegedly sexually assaulted in Walnut Creek recently and determined that Astor was the suspect, Sgt. Jay Hill said today.

Hill said the victim is not someone Astor knows through his job as a janitor at several campuses throughout the school district.

The reported sexual assault led police to investigate a past lewd act that Astor may have committed against a child, who is now an adult, the sergeant said.

Police are also looking for other potential victims "because of (Astor's) relationship with the school district ... and his contact with

kids," Hill said.

Anyone who suspects their child is a victim is urged to call the Walnut Creek Police Department at 943-5844.


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Posted by Dave
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 27, 2011 at 11:12 am

The Redwood City School District would have promoted him.

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