Santa Rosa, CA – November 27, 2018 – Defendant
Timothy Kottler, 48 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the
Honorable Mark Urioste after a jury found him guilty on October 25, 2018 of annoying
or molesting a child under 18 years of age – a misdemeanor.
Attorney Ravitch stated, “The conduct by this defendant was very disturbing and
we believe the jury’s verdict reflects that. We applaud the courage of this
young victim, and the awareness of the concerned citizen that helped apprehend
resulted from an incident that occurred on March 21, 2018 when a 13 year old
girl was walking home from Mark West Charter School in the Larkfield area of
Santa Rosa. Kottler drove past the child, made a U-turn, and pulled into an
oncoming lane of traffic next to her. Kottler opened his driver’s side door and
began talking to the child and tried to lure her into his car. Kottler told the
child numerous times during the approximately four minute encounter that she
was pretty and asked for her phone number. An AT&T technician working on a
house-call in the neighborhood observed the encounter and eventually made eye
contact with Kottler. Immediately thereafter Kottler drove away, but not before
the technician wrote down his license plate number. Through a subsequent
investigation, Sheriff’s Deputies were able to locate Kottler and arrest him on
March 23, 2018. During an interview with Kottler, he initially denied ever
contacting the child but stated he sometimes “cat calls” women. Eventually,
Kottler admitted to the encounter with the child.
sentenced to 120 days in jail, 4 years formal probation, required to register
as a sex offender, as well as attend and complete the Sex Offenders and
Families in Effective Recovery (SAFER) program.
the court indicated it was a good thing for Jane Doe’s safety that she did not
get into the defendant’s car, and that the court considered Kottler’s conduct
to be very serious.
The case was
prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Matt Hobson. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s
Department headed the investigation.