A longtime anti-gay activist, California Prop 8 donor, and elementary school teacher was taken into custody on August 17th after admitting inappropriate contact with young boys.Caleb Douglas Hesse, a teacher for the Morongo Unified School District since 1987 (most recently, he was teaching first grade at Friendly Hills Elementary School in Joshua Tree) and a longtime youth volunteer with the virulently homophobic Evangelical Free Church of Yucca Valley, has confessed to sexually abusing “numerous underage boys,” with authorities believe the crimes occurred between the early 1980’s and as recently as a week ago.”
Investigators say Hesse met the majority of the victims during overnight outings with a youth group at the Evangelical Free Church
During his arraignment on August 21st Hess recanted his confession and changed his plea to “not guilty”.
Hess’s bail was set at 2,5 million dollars.
*The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone who may have been a victim of Hesse’s or who may have additional information to call (909) 387-3615