Walnut Creek school custodian charged with felony sex crimes

A Walnut Creek school custodian who was arrested last week on suspicion of molesting a child has been charged with 10 felony sex crime counts for allegedly sexually assaulting two children, police said Wednesday.

John Astor, 44, was arrested Thursday at his Walnut Creek home on suspicion of lewd acts against a child under 14.

The recently reported sexual assault prompted police to investigate another alleged victim, who is now an adult.

Police said that neither of the victims were students at any of the various Walnut Creek schools in the Mount Diablo School District where Astor works as a janitor.

However, police continue to investigate the possibility that Astor sexually assaulted any students at those schools, and are asking anyone with information related to the investigation to contact Detective Keagy at (925) 943-5881. 

Astor is being held in the Martinez Detention Facility on $1.5 million bail.

Bay Area NewsContra Costa CountyCrimeLocal

Just Posted

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler, pictured in July at Oracle Park, says team members simultaneously can be “measured and calm” and “looking to push the accelerator.” (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
How Gabe Kapler sets the tone for Giants’ success with strategy, mindset

‘There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the hands-down manager of the year’

Artist Agnieszka Pilat, pictured with Spot the Robot Dog from Boston Robotics, has a gallery show opening at Modernism. (Courtesy Agnieszka Pilat)
Screenshots of VCs, Kanye and tech parties by the Bay

In this week’s roundup, Ben Horowitz’s surprising hip-hop knowledge and the chic tech crowd at Shack15

If he secured a full term in the Senate, Newsom would become the most powerful Californian Democrat since Phil Burton at the height of his career, or maybe ever. <ins>(Kevin Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Firefighters extinguish burning material near Lake Tahoe on Sept. 3 in the wake of the Caldor Fire; environmental scientists say the huge fire is bringing to light deficiencies in forest management. <ins>(Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins>
Cal Fire, timber industry must face an inconvenient truth

We are logging further into the wildfire and climate crisis

Speaker of the Parliament of Mongolia Gombojav Zandanshatar said his country and San Francisco face similar challenges on issues including COVID recovery and climate change.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Mongolian leaders meet with tech, film leaders on city tour

‘I really want San Franciscans to meet the new Mongolian generation’

Most Read