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Date: Nov. 24, 2014

Former school employee sentenced for molesting three Apple Valley girls

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A former school employee was sentenced Friday to 48 years to life for molesting three Apple Valley girls.

Judge Eric Nakata imposed the maximum term of 48 years to life in prison for Paul James Hultman, 58, of Apple Valley, who was convicted of molesting the girls during 2011 to 2013, when he was arrested while trying to flee in a private plane at the Apple Valley Airport.

“This defendant befriended these young girls and abused his position of trust repeatedly molesting them over a period of years,” Deputy District Attorney David Foy, who prosecuted the case, said.

Hultman, a commercial airline pilot and former employee at a Montessori school in Santa Barbara, was found guilty April 17 at trial of one count of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child Under 14, two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Act on a Child Under age 14, and one count of Lewd and Lascivious Act on a Child age 14-15, for acts committed with girls who were ages 10, 11 and 13 when they began in 2011. 


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San Bernardino, CA 92415



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