Corona private school teacher’s aide arrested for lewd acts with a child younger than 14

CORONA, Calif., — Authorities say a Corona private school teacher’s aide has been arrested and faces multiple charges after an investigation determined that the woman, who also acted as a babysitter for the Norco victim, had committed lewd acts and other child-related crimes. The alleged suspect’s charges indicate her victim was younger than the age of 14.


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Deputies from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station began a child molestation investigation on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, after learning of the alleged incidents, at least some of which took place in the city of Norco according to Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Brian Gutierrez, who said the station’s Detective’s Bureau later assumed the investigation.

Allyson Bernsden, 31, a private school teacher’s aide who also acted as a babysitter for the Norco victim was arrested in connection with a child molestation investigation. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department booking photo

According to Gutierrez, the victim, identified only as a child younger than the age of 14, met the suspect, Allyson Lynn Berndsen, 31, of Norco, at Montessori School of Corona, a private elementary school where Berndsen worked as a teacher’s aide.

“Berndsen also provided babysitting services for the victim at a residence in the city of Norco,” Gutierrez explained; saying, “After a thorough investigation, it was determined that a crime had been committed.”

Based on their investigation, on Thursday, Jan. 6, officials arrested Bernsden at her place of employment, at which time a search warrant was served at her residence.

Berndsen was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of lewd acts with a minor under the age of 14, furnishing marijuana to a minor, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Online jail records indicate she was released the day after she was booked, after posting $55,000 bail or bond. She is scheduled to be arraigned at the Riverside Hall of Justice on March 16.

Anyone with further information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Medina at the Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2600. Callers can refer to incident file number G213350051 and can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.