San Francisco Bay Area Sex Crime

Bruce Lee Clotfelter Sexual Offender Convicted of Grand Theft, Perjury, Forgery

Bruce Lee Clotfelter sexually violent predator convicted of grand theft and perjury.

A convicted sexual offender and child molester and sexually violent predator was convicted in Napa County Superior Court Thursday of grand theft and forgery, Napa County prosecutors said. Bruce Lee Clotfelter, 57, changed his name to Dalton Bruce Vail to avoid detection as a sex offender when he submitted false documents the U.S. Department of State, prosecutors said.

Clotfelter also was convicted of perjury regarding his name change on a Department of Motor Vehicles application and received thousands of dollars in Social Security Supplemental Security Income to which he was not entitled, according to prosecutors. He will be sentenced Aug. 13 on 12 felony counts.

Prosecutors said the jury also found true that Clotfelter has three prior convictions for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14. Clotfelter served a prison term for child molestation. According to prosecutors, while on parole, he was convicted of impersonating a military officer by posing as a Top Gun flight instructor at elementary schools to get access to children.

Prosecutors said Clotfelter was found to be a sexually violent predator and was committed to the state hospital system. He moved to Napa when he was released in 2007. Prosecutors said another case involving Clotfelter is pending in Napa County Superior Court and involves alleged contact with children.

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