Craig Carlos Valentino Pleads Guilty

February 28, 2011

ADA Seth Steward, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1014
Erica Terry Derryck, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Craig Carlos-Valentino (DOB: 11/28/58 CN 10033609) pled guilty to felony child endangerment and making a false bomb threat.

“This defendant placed his life, the life of his daughter, and the lives of the officers that responded to the scene at risk,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “His plea and the impending sentence reflect his dangerous and thoughtless actions.”

On Friday, February 25, 2011, the defendant pled guilty to child endangerment in violation of Penal Code section 273a(a), and making a false bomb threat in violation of Penal Code section 148.1(a). Both are felonies.

The charges stem from actions defendant Carlos-Valentino took on November 11, 2010. The defendant reported a false bomb threat on the San Francisco Bay Bridge on which resulted in a traffic stoppage on the span. The defendant also brandished a weapon at law enforcement who tried to detain him. The defendant committed these acts while his 16-year-old daughter was in the vehicle he was driving.

As a result of the plea, the defendant will be sentenced to one year in the county jail, four years adult probation with several conditions including, one year in child abuser/offender treatment, a stay away order, a search condition, a no weapons provision and restitution for the costs incurred by his actions.

The sentencing of the defendant is scheduled for Friday, March 25, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in Department 23 before the Honorable James Collins.

Assistant District Attorney Leslie Cogan prosecuted the case.

Jerdine Clarke was the victim witness advocate on the case.