Sheriff’s deputies nab Susanville man, Betz charged with child stealing

November 01, 2005

By Barbara France
News Editor

Arrested on Saturday, Oct. 15, Darrel Betz, 32, also faces charges of
delaying or obstructing a peace officer and annoying or molesting a
juvenile.

According to LCSO Investigations Sergeant Ron Zielen, the Napa Police
Department contacted the LCSO early in the morning on Oct. 15 with
information that Betz allegedly drove to the 16-year-old’s home to pick
her up and bring her to his Susanville residence.

Betz allegedly began an Internet relationship with the girl, who
willingly went with him.

The girl’s grandfather caught the girl leaving the house around 5 a.m. He
physically tried to stop her, however she was able to break free and
leave with Betz.

“Because of cooperation between the two authorities, the girl was
returned safely to Napa,” said Zielen.

Napa Child Protective Services came to Lassen County and picked up the
girl.

Betz was booked in the Lassen County Jail and released after bail was met.

Because the case involved use of the Internet, Betz will be tried in
Lassen County. According to Lassen County District Attorney Bob Burns
either one or both counties can choose to prosecute Betz.

Burns said he is the middle of preparing the case for filing on three
counts – child concealment, contributing to the delinquency of a minor
and a misdemeanor charge of annoying or molesting a juvenile.

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