Police: Wildomar suspect in molestation case found dead

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WILDOMAR — A 71-year-old Wildomar man arrested on Sept. 26 and charged on suspicion of oral copulation of a minor and sexual abuse of a child under 18 years old died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Monday, Sept. 30, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Media Information Bureau.

At 4:31 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence in the 35000 block of Momat Avenue in Wildomar to the reports of a shooting.

The investigation revealed that Charles Yotter, 71, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was pronounced at the scene. The location of his death is believed to be his residence.
Yotter, who was suspected of engaging in sex acts with a 16-year-old boy was out of custody after posting a $250,000 bond.

According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Ricken, the investigation revealed Yotter contacted the boy, whose identity was not released, sometime last December, culminating in an alleged encounter at the suspect’s residence.

Details regarding how the two communicated or became acquainted were not disclosed.
Ricken said investigators were not alerted to the alleged assault until just recently. After gathering sufficient evidence, they served an arrest warrant at Yotter’s property, at which point he was taken into custody without incident.

Yotter was due in court at the end of November.

City News Service contributed to this report.