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Court docs: Van Sickle performed sexual acts with minor with person who had been arrested

Tauney Lee Van Sickle arrested on Dec. 26
Posted at 3:28 PM, Dec 27, 2017
and last updated 2018-01-18 14:19:41-05

UPDATE (Jan. 18, 11:09 a.m.): Investigators determined there is enough evidence against Tauney Van Sickle alleging child sex abuse to go to trial.

The trial is set to begin on January 29. Former Green Room Bar owner, Frank Sanchez, who Bakersfield Police said allegedly performed sex acts with a child with Van Sickle, will be in court on February 14 for a pre-preliminary hearing.


UPDATE (Dec. 29, 2017, 9:07 a.m.): Court documents obtained by 23ABC show that Tauney Lee Van Sickle either kissed or performed sexual acts with an 11 year old when Van Sickle was 22. 

Documents state the acts took place over a five-month period. 

Documents state that "Van Sickle had recurring access to the victim. Van Sickle admitted to being nude on one occasion and letting a male subject (who has already been arrested for similar charges with the same victim) take a picture for a sex blog of the victim kissing Van Sickle's stomach."

The documents do not specifically state who the person is that had already been arrested. 

Bakersfield Police have previously said Van Sickle and Green Room Bar owner Frank Sanchez engaged in sexual activity with a girl, who was a minor at the time. 


A local nurse was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly having sex with an underage girl and former Green Room Bar owner, Frank "Kruz" Sanchez, according to Bakersfield Police. 

On Dec. 26, Tauney Lee Van Sickle, 31, was arrested on charges of lewd or lascivious acts with a child younger than 14-years-old and continuous sexual abuse of a child. Police did not disclose where Van Sickle was a nurse. 

According to BPD, Van Sickle and Sanchez performed sexual acts together with the victim.

On Thursday, Van Sickle was formally charged in Kern County Superior Court with two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child.

She pleaded not guilty to all charges. She is expected back in court on January 10th and her bail is set at $10,000. 

Sanchez was arrested on Dec. 7. Court documents show the victim said she was sexually assaulted when she was as young as five-years-old. 

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In an interview with police, Sanchez, 53, admitted to having sex with the victim when she was 11 or 12-years-old, then later admitted she could have been as young as seven. He is being held on $1 million bail and is due back in court in February. 

RELATED: Court documents show Sanchez's accuser says he tried to cover his tracks to avoid getting caught

Van Sickle is being held on $150,000 bail. She has not been formally charged and is expected in court on Thursday.