Salinas police seek public’s help in locating child molestation suspect

SALINAS (BCN) — Salinas police are requesting the public’s help in locating a child molestation suspect who may be in Mexico. Oscar Sandoval Avelino, 38, is wanted on $1 million bail for alleged forcible lewd acts on a child that happened several years ago, police said.

Detectives said the victim was younger than 10 at the time of the alleged offenses.

Investigators do not know where Avelino lives and there is a possibility he’s fled to Mexico, according to police.

Anyone with information on Avelino’s whereabouts is asked to call the police investigations division at (831) 758-7226. The public can also contact Detective Byron Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call the police tip line at (831) 775-4222, WeTip line at (800) 782-7463 or send a text to 847411 with “SPD831” in the message.

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