Templeton educator sentenced to prison for abusing children

February 2, 2022

Timothy Patrick Prendeville


A judge on Tuesday sentenced an Irish national who worked as a special education assistant for the Templeton Unified School District to more than a dozen years in prison for sexually abusing children. He is then facing deportation.

Timothy Patrick Prendeville, an Atascadero resident, worked as a teaching assistant and special education assistant for the Templeton district spanning at least 2013 through 2018, according to Transparent California. The North County school district was still paying Prendeville in 2019.

Prendeville sexually abused three children, two of whom he knew well. The third child Prendeville abused had been invited into the man’s home as a guest of the family, according to the SLO County District Attorney’s Office.

Prendevillec sexually abused children in Atascadero from Dec. 2011 through Oct. 2019.

Prosecutors charged Prendeville with five felony counts of lewd acts upon a child; two felony counts of forcible lewd acts on a child; and one misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure. In October, Prendeville pleaded no contest to the five counts of lewd acts upon a child and the indecent exposure offense.

On Tuesday, Judge Jesse Marino sentenced Prendeville to 12 years and eight months in state prison. Marino also ordered Prendeville to register as a sex offender for life.

Following Prendeville’s sentencing hearing, District Attorney Dan Dow released a statement calling for the Irish citizen to be deported from the United States after serving his prison sentence.

“Our hearts break for the survivors because of the abuse they had to endure. Any person who preys on vulnerable children must face strong consequences,” Dow said. “Mr. Prendeville betrayed numerous children who were close to him and now stands convicted of three strikes under California’s Three Strikes Law. After serving his prison term, pursuant to current federal law, he should be deported out of the United States.”

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What a scumbag. He’ll do half his sentence and then be deported. At least he won’t be around to bother his victims and others here when he is released.

California spends $100,000 a year to house an inmate. I doubt Ireland spends that much. t’s too bad we can’t send him to Ireland now and have him do his sentence there. Maybe we could deport him now and pay the Irish government their (lower) cost plus 10% or some other amount to incarcerate him. It would save us money and provide the Irish some extra money – a win-win for both governments – and get him home sooner to his family. But I am sure that wouldn’t work – too logical.

I too support having foreign nationals outsourced to their country of origin for a much lessor cost that we taxpayers are funding. We already do this for too much of our personal needs which yield greater profits many facets of industry, record keeping and much more than we know about.

Google is a wonderful thing. Ireland spends just over 80,000 Euros per prisoner—about $91k in U.S. dollars. California now spends about $106k per prisoner. In any setting, he’s up for a rough time, considering his crime.

Maybe he and Jason Porter can be cellmates?