Booking Photo (02/13/2020) Tim Patrick Prendeville (DOB 04/03/1965)
Booking Photo (02/13/2020) Tim Patrick Prendeville (DOB 04/03/1965)

Tim Patrick Prendeville (56) sentenced to 12 years and 8 months in state prison for sexually abusing

Author: District Attorney
Date: 2/1/2022 4:25 PM

District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that Tim Patrick Prendeville, a citizen of Ireland, was sentenced to 12 years, 8 months in prison and must register as a sex offender for life. He was convicted of 5 felony sex crimes against children including 3 violent crimes of committing a lewd act on a child under 14. He was also convicted of 1 count of misdemeanor indecent exposure.

Prendiville’s predatory crimes occurred in the City of Atascadero between December 2011 and October 2019.  Two of the young survivors were well known to the defendant; the third young survivor had been invited into the defendant’s home as a guest of the family.  Prendeville was previously employed as a teacher’s aide at Templeton Middle School.

“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,” said District Attorney Dan Dow.  “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 then be deported out of the United States.”

On October 5, 2021, Prendeville pleaded no contest to five felonies and one misdemeanor charge.  San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Jesse Marino found Prendeville guilty based on his no contest plea and today imposed a 12 year and 8 month prison sentence.  A no contest plea is treated the same as a plea of guilty for the purpose of determining guilt in a criminal prosecution. 

At today’s sentencing, two of the young survivors and their mother provided the court with an impassioned description of the traumatic impact of the crimes.    

The case was investigated by the Atascadero Police Department with the assistance of the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Melissa Chabra who is assigned to the District Attorney’s Sexual Violence Unit.

A copy of the charging document can be found here, and a copy of the defendant’s booking photo can be found here.

Please contact Assistant District Attorney Eric J. Dobroth at 805.781.5819 with any questions.