Offender: Eric Rodney Hill

Kidnapping to commit sodomy

Lewd act on a child

Date: 12/01/06

Magazine Sales Company: Trinity Public Relations

Location: Carlsbad, California

 

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Detective on Case: 760-931-2145

Edith Cobian

Carls Bad police department

Police case number: 06-10220

Eric Rodney Hill Case - Court Case # SCN221626

Carlsbad police department case number: 06-10220

Status: Convicted

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Lewd Act On A Child

 

CARLSBAD, CA - (12-5-06) A man was arrested for kidnap, false imprisonment and attempted lewd acts on a child ... now authorities want to know if there are any other victims.

Twenty seven year old Eric Rodney Hill was arrested last Friday after an alleged assault on a minor near Jefferson Elementary School. Police say he grabbed a boy and physically tried to drag him into some nearby bushes. The boy suffered minor injuries. Mr. Hill told police that he was in the area working as a door to door sales representative for a magazine subscription company. Anyone who may also have been victimized by Mr. Hill and did not report it is asked to call Carlsbad Police at (760) 931-2144 .

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Man Accused Of Dragging Teen Into Bushes Pleads Not Guilty

 

POSTED: 6:30 am PST December 6, 2006

UPDATED: 3:01 pm PST December 6, 2006

 

VISTA, Calif. -- A self-described magazine salesman accused of dragging a teenager into bushes near a Carlsbad elementary school admitted to investigators after his arrest that he had intended to molest the boy, a prosecutor alleged Wednesday.

 

Eric Rodney Hill, 27, was arrested last Friday by officers who'd been called to the area near Jefferson Elementary School on reports that a man had been harassing children, according to Carlsbad police Lt. Bill Rowland.

 

Deputy District Attorney Christine Israel said Hill "made admissions" about what he planned to do with the boy.

 

Based on those alleged admissions, the defendant has been charged with kidnapping with intent to commit sodomy and attempted sodomy with a person under 16 years old, Israel said.

 

Hill pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday and was ordered held on $225,000 bail by Vista Superior Court Judge Adrienne Orfield.

 

According to the prosecutor, Hill first followed two children home from school. They reported the man to their parents, who called police who went searching for the defendant.

 

A father found the man with the teenager in the bushes, and since officers were arriving in the area by then, Hill was arrested, she said.

 

"If those kids hadn't reported him to the parents, and they hadn't gone looking for him, we would have had a horribly completed crime," Israel said.

 

She also charged the defendant with two misdemeanor counts of annoying children for allegedly following the two students home.

 

Hill told investigators he took a bus from the Long Beach-Compton area to Carlsbad to sell magazines.

 

Investigators are looking into whether Hill has prior criminal convictions, the prosecutor said.

 

Hill was ordered to return to court on Dec. 14.

 

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Man admits dragging teen into bushes near Carlsbad school, trying to molest him

 

By: North County Times wire services -

 

VISTA - A Long Beach man admitted today that he dragged a teenage boy into some bushes near a Carlsbad elementary school and tried to molest him, and now could be imprisoned for the rest of his life.

 

Eric Rodney Hill, 28, pleaded guilty to kidnapping to commit sodomy before Vista Superior Court Judge K. Michael Kirkman.

 

"He's going to where he needs to be, for as long as he needs to be gone," Deputy District Attorney Christine Israel said.

 

Hill, who told authorities he was a door-to-door magazine salesman, was arrested on Dec. 1 at Jefferson Elementary School.

 

The defendant first followed two children home from school, and they told their parents, Israel said.

 

Police were called, and a father of one child drove around the neighborhood before spotting him on a street corner with the 14-year-old kidnapping victim, who appeared to be uncomfortable, the prosecutor said.

 

The father turned his car around, but the two were gone, with only the teenager's backpack still at the corner, she said.

 

The man then found them in the bushes and since officers were in the area by then, Hill was arrested, Israel said.

 

An "unbelievable chain of fortunate events" kept the situation from being much worse, according to the prosecutor.

 

Hill later told police what he planned to do with the boy, she said.

 

The defendant will be sentenced March 27 to life in prison with the possibility of parole, which is the maximum he could have received whether he went to trial or not. He'll be eligible for parole after seven years.

 

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Man admits to Carlsbad kidnap, molestation try

 

By Jose Luis Jimenez

UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

 

2:57 p.m. February 27, 2007

 

VISTA A Long Beach man admitted Tuesday he tried to molest a boy in a Carlsbad neighborhood, pleading guilty to a felony charge of kidnapping a child to molest him.

Eric Rodney Hill, 28, is to be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole at a Superior Court hearing scheduled for next month. The magazine salesman must serve a minimum sentence of seven years in prison and register as a sex offender if he's released, said prosecutor Christine Israel.

 

Hill admitted he followed some children near Jefferson Elementary School and later dragged a 14-year-old boy into the bushes near Tamarack Avenue and Hibiscus Circle.

A concerned father who was driving around the neighborhood looking for the reported stranger found Hill on top of the boy and freed the child. Hill was arrested nearby.

 

Jose Jimenez: (760) 737-7568; jose.jimenez@uniontrib.com

 

 

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Man Charged With Kidnapping, Attempted Sodomy Will Stand Trial

Defendant Accused Of Dragging Teen Into Bushes

 

POSTED: 11:39 am PST January 30, 2007

UPDATED: 11:54 am PST January 30, 2007

 

VISTA, Calif. -- A man accused of dragging a teenage boy into some bushes near a Carlsbad elementary school and trying to molest him waived his right Tuesday to a preliminary hearing.

 

The move means the case against Eric Rodney Hill, 27, will proceed directly to trial, which Judge K. Michael Kirkman scheduled for March 21.

 

Most criminal defendants have a preliminary hearing to test the prosecution's evidence. At the conclusion of such a hearing, a judge determines whether there if enough evidence to justify a trial.

 

When Hill was arrested on Dec. 1 at Jefferson Elementary School, he told authorities he was a door-to-door magazine salesman from Long Beach.

 

Deputy District Attorney Christine Israel alleged the defendant first followed two children home from school, but they told their parents, who called police.

 

A parent found the man with the teenager in the bushes, and since officers were in the area by then, Hill was quickly taken into custody, Israel said.

 

The defendant later made admissions to police about what he planned to do with the boy, the prosecutor said.

 

Hill is charged with kidnapping to commit sodomy and attempted sodomy of someone under 16 years old, along with two misdemeanor counts of annoying children for allegedly following the youngsters home.

 

The defendant could be imprisoned for life if convicted of the kidnapping charge, Israel said.

 

Hill was convicted of a misdemeanor in 2005 for masturbating in the children's section of a library in Long Beach, the prosecutor said. He also has an assault with a deadly weapon conviction for his role in a home invasion robbery that took place about seven years earlier, Israel said.

 

 

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January 31, 2007

 

Man waives hearing in molestation case

 

 

VISTA A Compton magazine salesman accused of abducting and trying to molest a boy in Carlsbad waived his right to a Superior Court hearing yesterday where he could challenge the charges filed against him.

 

Eric Rodney Hill, 58, now faces trial on charges of felony kidnapping and attempted sodomy that carry a maximum sentence of life in prison if he is convicted of both, prosecutor Christine Israel said.

 

On the afternoon of Dec. 5, Hill followed some children near Jefferson Elementary School who quickly got scared and ran home to tell their parents, authorities said.

 

A concerned father looked for the stranger and found Hill trying to drag a 14-year-old boy into some bushes near Tamarack Avenue and Hibiscus Circle, police said.

 

The parent freed the teenager, and Hill was arrested nearby, authorities said. He remains jailed in lieu of $225,000 bail.

 

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CRIME AND FIRE WATCH: NORTH EDITION

Man pleads guilty to kidnapping boy

 

 

UNION-TRIBUNE

February 28, 2007

 

VISTA: A Long Beach man pleaded guilty yesterday to a felony charge of kidnapping a child to molest him.

 

Eric Rodney Hill, 28, admitted he tried to molest a boy in a Carlsbad neighborhood Dec. 1.

 

Hill is to be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole at a Superior Court hearing scheduled for next month. He must serve a minimum of seven years in prison and register as a sex offender if he is released, said prosecutor Christine Israel.

 

Hill, a magazine salesman, admitted he followed some children near Jefferson Elementary School and later dragged a 14-year-old boy into the bushes near Tamarack Avenue and Hibiscus Circle.

 

A concerned father who was driving around the neighborhood looking for a reported stranger found Hill on top of the boy and freed the child. Hill was arrested nearby.

 

Staff writers Pauline Repard, Kristina Davis, Joe Hughes, Jose Luis Jimenez and Debbi Farr Baker compiled this report.

 

 

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Man gets life in prison for Carlsbad kidnapping

 

By: North County Times Wire Services -

 

VISTA ---- A Long Beach man who admitted trying to sexually molest a teenager near a Carlsbad elementary school was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison, with his first possibility of parole after seven years.

 

Eric Rodney Hill, 28, pleaded guilty last month to kidnapping to commit sodomy in connection with an incident Dec. 1 near Jefferson Elementary School.

 

Hill followed two children home from the school, and they told their parents, Deputy District Attorney Christine Israel has said.

 

The father of one child later found Hill standing outside the school with the 14-year-old victim, but by the time he could turn his car around, the two were gone, Israel said. The father found them in the bushes and Hill was quickly taken into custody by police, the prosecutor said.

 

Hill has prior convictions for masturbating in the children's section of a library in Long Beach in 2005 and assault with a deadly weapon for his role in a home invasion robbery that took place about seven years earlier, according to the prosecutor.