Man arrested for seeking sex with minor in SLO

October 26, 2023

Mark Richard Hershey


San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives on Wednesday arrested a Kern County man who allegedly sought to have sex with a minor in SLO.

Mark Richard Hershey, 67, of Caliente made contact with someone he thought was a minor living in San Luis Obispo County. Hershey agreed to meet with the minor for sex, according to the SLO County Sheriff’s Office.

When Hershey arrived at the agreed upon location in San Luis Obispo, detectives arrested him. Authorities then booked Hershey in SLO County Jail on felony charges of sending or showing harmful material to seduce a minor, contacting a minor with the intent to commit certain felonies and arranging a meeting with a minor for a lewd purpose.

Hershey is not currently in custody, according to the sheriff’s office website. 

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Sounds like the Dateline bait and switch is still active. Thank you law enforcement.

That’s what I was wondering about, did he remember to bring the obligatory large pepperoni pizza? After all, traditions have to be observed and followed.

The good ol’ bail system. If you can pay, you can play.

It has nothing to do with the bail system…it has to do with the criminal justice system, and more specifically the propositions that you probably voted for! This is not a “violent” crime, so he would not remain in custody. Voting does have consequences.

The REASON that the bail system was changed is because a guy like this could bail out while someone with less money could not…. so someone who was accused of a crime but who might be innocent, that had no money, would end up losing their job and maybe their residence while they were sitting in jail. Meanwhile, a guilty person with money would be able to bail right on out and maintain their lifestyle. Does that seem like justice to you?

The law does NOT say that bail doesn’t exist though.. a judge can still place bail if he believes someone is a threat to the community or is a flight risk.