Alaska Resident Arrested for Sexually Abusing Minor While on Military Base in California
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 23, 2010|
SAN JOSE, CA—A federal grand jury in San Jose indicted Antonio Bates, of Anchorage, Alaska, on Nov. 17, 2010, with aggravated sexual abuse by force, aggravated sexual abuse with a child under 12, aggravated sexual abuse with a child under 16 by force, sexual abuse, and sexual abuse of a minor, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced.
According to the indictment, from 1994 through July 1996, Bates is alleged to have sexually abused a minor, including by the use of force, on Fort Hunter-Liggett, a U.S. Army base in Monterey, Calif. The sexual abuse allegedly took place when the minor was under the age of 12 as well as under the age of 16.
Bates was arrested on Nov. 19, 2010, in Anchorage and made his initial appearance in federal court in Anchorage yesterday. He is currently detained. The defendant is expected to be transferred from Anchorage, to San Jose within the next few weeks to appear before U.S. District Court Judge Lucy H. Koh.
The maximum statutory penalty for aggravated sexual abuse by force, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2241(a), is life imprisonment and a fine of $250,000; aggravated sexual abuse with a child under 12 and forcible aggravated sexual abuse with child under 16, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2241(c), is a mandatory minimum of 30 years but up to life imprisonment and a fine of $250,000; sexual abuse, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2242(1), is up to life imprisonment and a fine of $250,000; and sexual abuse of a minor, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2243(a), is up to 15 years' imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.
Grant Fondo is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Kamille Singh. The prosecution is the result of a investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Please note, an indictment contains only allegations against an individual and, as with all defendants, Mr. Bates, must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.