FRESNO -- A California Highway Patrol assistant chief has been charged with felony accessory and conspiracy in connection with helping his son -- a convicted rapist -- flee the country to Mexico.

The Fresno Bee reports ( ) that charges were filed Tuesday in Fresno County Superior Court against the parents and sister of 20-year-old Spencer Scarber, who faces a 70-year prison sentence for rape, robbery and burglary convictions.

Charged Tuesday were Scarber's father 49-year-old Kyle Scarber; his 51-year-old mother Gail Scarber and 34-year-old sister Crystal Reynoso.

Prosecutors say Kyle Scarber filed a false police report when he reported his son missing.

A car registered to Scarber's parents entered Mexico in early December, and prosecutors say Scarber's mother and sister walked back to the U.S. from the same crossing about an hour later.


Information from: The Fresno Bee,