Tuesday, November 25, 2014

IN THE NEWS: Ex-teacher imprisoned for child molestation

Paul James Hultman, 58, Apple Valley
A 58-year-old pilot and ex-school teacher will be imprisoned for 48 years to life for sexually molesting three Apple Valley girls as young as 10, a San Bernardino Superior Court judge has decided.

Apple Valley resident Paul James Hultman drew the maximum term during his sentencing hearing Friday, Nov. 21, before Judge Eric Nakata.

Hultman was found guilty last April of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, molestation of a child aged 14 or 15, and two counts of molestation involving a child under the age of 14.

The girls were 10, 12 and 13 when the abuse began.

"This is every parent’s worst nightmare," Deputy District Attorney David Foy said in a written statement following the two-week trial. "The defendant befriended these girls and paid them to do chores around his house.

"Then, after gaining their trust, he paid them cash to perform sex acts."

Hultman was associated with the Sherwood Montessori School and the Sherwood Montessori House of Children, both in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said in a written statement.

"Hultman's association with the schools stems from his previous marriage to the owner/licensee of both facilities," according to the statement.

Hultman moved to Apple Valley in 2007 and became a professional pilot, according to San Bernardino County prosecutors.

"According to trial testimony, he befriended an 8-year-old girl and her younger brother in 2009, buying them clothes and food, and paying them to do chores around his house," DA's spokesman Christopher Lee said in a written statement after Hultman's conviction. "In 2011, he asked the girl to introduce him to some of her friends."

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