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Wildomar Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Teen Boy, Police Seek Possible Additional Victims

William Bell.  Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
William Bell. Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
A Wildomar man was jailed in lieu of a half-million dollars bail Wednesday, accused of sexually assaulting a teen boy, records indicate.

According to Riverside County Sheriff's Lt. Zachary Hall, 68-year-old William Bell was arrested Jan. 31 following an investigation which was sparked by someone reporting the alleged abuse. 

"In January, 2014, an adult male reported to the Wildomar Police that he was sexually assaulted by William Bell when he was 13 years old,"  Hall said in a press statement.  

At that point, local investigators looked into the case, and eventually made an arrest.

"The investigation revealed that Bell may have inappropriately communicated with minors using the internet and video gaming systems; or met with them in person," according to Hall.  "The Wildomar Police Detective Bureau is continuing to investigate, and is searching for any additional victims."

Jail records indicate Bell was taken to the Southwest Detention Center, and booked on four felony charges related to the sexual assault of a child under 14 years of age.  He was booked on $500,000 bail, and is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 13.

If you have any information about possible victims, contact Investigator Deanne at (951) 245-3395, or by email at LakeElsinoreStation@riversidesheriff.org.




The Majority February 05, 2014 at 03:40 PM
Lol PTNurse....I'm not sure what the 'look' is. It appears to me that the photo came from a booking photo. From what I've read, all booking photos make everyone appear creepy. I agree, the photo is creepy, but it's probably not the best way to judge someone. I always assume that anyone can be a predator and I don't take chances with my child's safety with anyone that looks creepy or not creepy. That's just me though. Sounds like you are equally as protective of your children too :)
Becky Honkington February 05, 2014 at 04:05 PM
Bill is well-known and liked in Wildomar. He was a daily customer when I worked at the Round-Up (1990-1992). He is not creepy at all, it's just the mugshot. I am saddened to hear of this.
The Majority February 05, 2014 at 04:11 PM
I think they encourage those mugshots to be taken without a smile...and usually, they snap them in an environment where there's nothing to smile for. I agree...I wouldn't attribute any value in judging a person's character based upon a mugshot. Moreover, I wouldn't take any chances with anyone around my children...ultimately, as a parent, if my children are abused, it's my responsibility as a parent to protect them, not anyone or anything else.
Martha L. Bridges February 05, 2014 at 05:57 PM
The Majority, thank you for being the voice of reason in your comments. I am also glad to see that the article itself was laid out by the new Patch editor in proper fashion presenting the known facts and not jumping to any conclusions. __________________________________________________________ I too do not want to support anyone who does harm to children or for that matter any other kind of wrong doing. However, it is important to have legal due diligence, and allow police time to gather all the facts before anyone pronounces judgment on this man or anyone else that is being accused of a crime. __________________________________________________________ That is the very law which protects us all from unfounded accusations and the potential of false imprisonment.
Martha L. Bridges February 05, 2014 at 06:09 PM
socalcutie - your suggestion of the use of any kind of torture is totally unacceptable. That kind of justice should be absolutely abhorrent to everyone. We cannot stoop to that level without endangering our whole society and the body of laws which protect it. Violence only begets more violence. It would only destroy the rule of law and precipitate anarchy.
Ken February 05, 2014 at 06:09 PM
For those of you that attended school in Lake Elsinore and lack the ability to read and comprehend may I have the pleasure of helping you as a community gesture. In January, 2014, an adult male reported to the Wildomar Police that he was sexually assaulted by William Bell when he was 13 years old, A "ADULT" is a person over the age of 18. Now how many years have past since his 13th birthday is undeterminined at this point. Anyway all you idiots referring to this victim are either stupid or unable to read since he is no longer a child as the article clearly states "In January, 2014, an adult male" Such statements such as: I am glad this "boy" is stepping forward,I share in your empathy for the "boy's" pain, I pray this "boy" live a healthy life, etc shows conclusively you either don't know the difference between a child/boy and a adult or lack the ability to comprehend what you have read assuming you can even read.
The Majority February 05, 2014 at 06:34 PM
You're right Ken...I concede that he's a man now and was a boy then. In fact, he could have turned 18 two days ago and although he would be technically a man, most of us all know that an individual two days into adulthood still has a long road of maturity ahead of them.
Just a spoke in the wheel February 05, 2014 at 09:46 PM
Becky, please speak for yourself. Bill and his family are not well liked in the community. Bills son is a two time sex offender on Megan's List. Bills son has done many years in prison. Bill and his whole family are a bunch of idiots. Bill owns properties in Wildomar and continuously trashes the neighborhoods he lives in. Bill owns town and country towing. My thoughts go out to the young man. I pray he gets the help he will need.
PTNurseFTMom February 05, 2014 at 10:31 PM
Forgive me, jeez, "Ken"....I hope this "man" get the helps he needs, bottom line is that I am sickened that this "man" was harmed in this way. Seems like ...Just a spoke in the wheel, knows a different "Bill" than "Becky". although not sure how much she remembers from 20 some years ago..... Hmmmm, must run in the family, passed down generation to generation. Wow "The Majority" you are telling Ken he is "right"....he just blasted us and called us idiots, etc.....get a life Ken!
Becky Honkington February 05, 2014 at 10:39 PM
@Just a Spoke- sounds like you are miffed at my comment. My interactions and observations of others with Bill have been positive. He was a casual acquaintance many years ago. I was responding to the comment made that he looks shady based on his mugshot. No need to be snarky.
Becky Honkington February 05, 2014 at 10:42 PM
And to be clear- I am not supportive of pedophilia. I said was saddened to hear of this.
Just a spoke in the wheel February 06, 2014 at 12:54 AM
Sorry Becky, I don't want you to think I was directing my dislike in your direction. I just wanted to put my 2 cents in on this ASS!!. I think he is going away for a long time. God Bless The Justice System.
The Majority February 06, 2014 at 01:08 AM
I respect the view that Ken has raised...and many others, for that matter. I don't entirely agree with all of the comments here, but as a contributor of this discussion, I feel compelled to owe respect to the other contributors. I believe that we progress as a society when we present fair positions that others find easier to digest. I believe Ken has a valid point. When we stretch the sympathy of our opinions by misusing terms inaccurately in order to gain additional miles is unfair. Believe me, if the accusations are later determined to be valid, then he doesn't need the facts stretched and rightfully deserves the sympathy we have a society to offer. At this point, however, in all fairness, there's more than one side to every story. Some are even jumping to conclusions here with their comments that the accused is already guilty...without due process. I too in no way endorse pedophilia, not that this is a case of pedophilia accusations (was not younger than 11). I feel very empathetic for child victims. I also feel empathetic for those that are being accused of serious acts because all too often others don't reserve judgment and quickly jump to a conviction in their mind based upon a story written from only one view.
my comment February 06, 2014 at 05:52 AM
Just a spoke-i had a feeling I knew who this guy is, thank you for the reference to T&C towing because that sure clarifies it for me. When I lived in wildo a few years ago I always thought there was something strange about this guy and his son. They drove around a white ford dually and a red Ford dually too, I know exactly who they are, although I didn't know them personally. There was a kid who lived down the street and Bill gave him a really expensive pick up truck when he got his license and put a bunch of $ in upgrades into it too. Rumor was Bill was trying to keep him quiet about something. While I had my suspicions, I tried not to think the worst and he drove this nice truck for years while I lived there. Now that I read this story and some of the comments on this thread it really ties together years of stories/rumors/suspicions for me personally. I'll be clear, I have no evidence that this is the same person involved in the case since most sex-offenders have multiple victims, plus this is obviously hearsay, but Bill Bell is absolutely the man involved in my story. Like I said, this story just answers many questions that I personally wondered about Bell for years so I wanted to share after reading that others in the community questioned this man's integrity as well. Glad his victim decided to come forward after living with that for so much of their life, now it's up to the system to decide the outcome. I hope other victims also come forward if they're out there.
Jimmy Dean February 06, 2014 at 12:54 PM
Kind of looks like alex hiddel?
Jimmy Dean February 06, 2014 at 12:56 PM
Alek Hidell
Ken February 06, 2014 at 08:16 PM
The question in my mind is if this actually occurred why did the victim wait so many years till he became a "ADULT" to tell someone about this. This is a serious charge against the accussed in more ways than one. When I was in medical school a female students daughter accussed her liv in botfriend of molesting her. The mothers boyfriend was arrested immediately put on trial and convicted. 6 months later the girl recanted her statement saying she did that to get even with him for siding with her mother and not being able to stay out past 11 pm. The charges got dropped and the mothers boyfriend was released from prison. Then a month later another conflict arouse between the girl and her mother and the girl went to the police and said she lied because of pressure from her mother and had really been molested by the mothers boyfriend. Once again the boyfriend was arrested and put in jail. The mother testified in court that she never pressured her daughter to say her boyfriend never molested her and the daughter then admitted she once again lied and once again the boyfriend was released from prison. Then several months later the girl again changed her story and accused the boyfriend of molesting her and for the 3rd time the boyfriend was arrested and put in jail. This time the mother took the girl for some mental help and evaluations and was deemed to be a compusive liar and once again she admitted she made the whole story up and once again the boyfriend was released from prison. The whols episode cost the mother and her boyfriend their life savings, their home, their cars and many other tangible items to cover the cost of attorney fees. The boyfriend also lost his job and pension entitlement from his employer. Thru this all the boyfriend stood by both the mother and the girl and held no ill feelings against the girl and all she put him thru with her lies. And when the girl was charged with filing a false police report the boyfriend even helped the mother pay for her legal fees. But the sad thing is these false charges remain on the mans record, he spent almost 2 years of his life in prison and lost everything he owned. Even after the girl was given a lie detector test after the 3rd accusation and proved she had lied about the molestations those charges remained on the mans record.
The Majority February 06, 2014 at 10:07 PM
Like Ken, a few years ago I became aware of a similar story that started and ended in the same manner: accusations and then later recanted. Ken, I feel very empathetic to the gentlemen that was falsely accused and compassionate about all of those family members. The problem, as I understand it, is that as a society we've made it too easy to believe and agree with the premise that children NEVER lie about abuse allegations. Anyone with children knows that children are capable of making false statements and that they're not capable of fully measuring or predicting the implications of their actions at that age. I agree that we should as a society not ignore accusations children are making, but at the same time we should not automatically condemn or publicly convict the accused until after we've reviewed both sides. Moreover, we shouldn't allow ourselves to give weight to perceivable evidence such as the false idea that children never lie about abuse statements or that the accused looks creepy. I think the original intent that a child doesn't lie was intended to get parents to pay attention to statements their children are making, not automatically assuming 100% certainty that they are 100% true. The sad reality, unfortunately, is that in today's society any sexual abuse accusation is viewed as being as good as a conviction with 100% certainty. That makes it nearly impossible for the falsely accused to defend the truth. Worst yet, dare anyone falsely accused present a defense that attacks the credibility of the alleged victim (ie. promiscuous teenage behavior, drug use, compulsive lying, etc.). Apparently, as a society, most believe that the alleged victim should be believed 100% of the time and that presenting a defense that attacks their character is nearly as bad as the alleged abuse itself, assuming it were true.
SA February 08, 2014 at 11:36 AM
@Martha .. So please explain why if an adult (or anyone) is found guilty for molesting a child, said adult should not simple put to a slow death as that is what happening to the victim? Yes he does look like a molester as he has that creepy molester mustache.
The Majority February 08, 2014 at 01:17 PM
There are many valid reasons in addition to those that have been posted here. It takes an enormous number of resources to ratify a new amendment that makes cruel and unusual punishment illegal. I recognize the great pain an abuse victim experiences and I'm empathetic that they should have to go through that. It can fundamentally change the lens they view others for the rest of their lives. And, it's certainly not fair. I totally get that.---------------------------- Increasing punishments for crimes like this are either motivated by one or two things: deterrence of future crimes or emotional closure for the victim. Studies have shown that deterrence is 'feel good' reasoning that ends up costing more. Anything with a capital punishment penalty opens up additional opportunities for appeals. And while the accused is behind bar not contributing to the tax pool, who ends up funding their defense.------------------------------ As a taxpayer and an American citizen, I would rather see all of that extra money be invested in additional social programs that help victims of crimes like this. They deserve a chance and an opportunity to remove the fog that has covered their lens. Their emotional closure is limited watching someone else live a slow painful death. They can be empowered with so much more if given the tools to help them.------------------------- If someone is found guilty, their slow death is sitting behind bars where they can reflect upon the poor deeds they've committed. And because sexual crimes have the lowest recidivism rates compared to all other crimes, we're not endangered as a society by letting them out of prison anymore than other crimes committed with much higher recidivism rates.---------------- Most of our current solutions on how we penalize crimes and help (or shall I say don't) help victims of these crimes enough are simply 'feel good' solutions that are far more costly both monetarily and as a society.
bob macrory February 08, 2014 at 06:55 PM
Investigator Deanne you need to investgate this man, I think there is more out there. I heard stroy about him.
Martha L. Bridges February 08, 2014 at 08:10 PM
SF I have answered a similar question at the beginning of these comments, but will repeat it here for you, and others who think like you. ____________________________________________________________ Your suggestion of the use of any kind of torture or killing is totally unacceptable. That kind of justice should be absolutely abhorrent to everyone. We cannot stoop to that level without endangering our whole society and the body of laws which protect it. Violence only begets more violence. It would only destroy the rule of law and precipitate anarchy. __________________________________________________________ I would add that the type of things you suggest as punishment for these terrible crimes, such as a slow death, do nothing to actually help the victim recover from the abuse and mend his/her life. As a matter of fact, approaching this type of crime with such an outward display of hate, rage or hysteria only intensifies the victim's trauma.
Beach mom February 12, 2014 at 08:59 AM
Someone posted that his golden retriever is chained in the yard and also many cars are left in his yard and may be unattended. Can anyone who knows his address call AFV? She said she was "loathe" to get involved. Nice.
Beach mom February 12, 2014 at 08:59 AM
Not cars, cats.
The Majority February 12, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Surprised that 'Beach mom' didn't take it upon herself to make that humanity phone call if there was observable danger???
Beach mom February 13, 2014 at 12:40 AM
The Majority, what is his address?
The Majority February 13, 2014 at 01:02 AM
My apologies...after going back a reading Beach mom's post again, I realized I misread it. Please accept my apologies if I came off wrong.---------------- I actually don't know the individual...or the address.
big aunt harry mary February 22, 2014 at 12:05 AM
wow.... if you only knew the real story.... the "kid" said nothing for fear of ridicule at school and, by others and, the well being of his family.. once he turned of age, he knew it was going to be his problem to fix as an adult. so he "toughed it out until he was ready to come forward. the property where mr. bell lives, is still occupied by his family. so there are no animals "just tied up or unattended".. he sold town and country towing before he was arrested. for many of the people who know bill, this came as a huge shock. the truck thing mentioned above, is definatley something to think about.. i dont know this "kid" who got the truck but, it doesnt look legit at all.. with all the charges pending on mr. bell, its unlikely he will see daylight anytime soon.. you just never know till it smacks you in the face... the whole thing is very disturbing.
bob macrory February 27, 2014 at 07:45 PM
I know someone that know him and something happen to him one nigth at his house so dont play this man as a nice guys, he know what he is and what he did , I trying to get the guy that it happen to , come forth but its harder for a man , to tell story of of things like that.... and it sad. The story i herd was about 2 years a go so how long has DEAR BILL been doing this, He is very sick and should not get out To who know Bill you dont know the man he is sick sick
Alek J Hidell February 27, 2014 at 08:23 PM
Doesn't he look a bit like Mr Wilson in Dennis the Menace?

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