A registered sex offender who had been out of compliance for the last 12 years was arrested after allegedly trying to coax a young girl to model for him in Grass Valley.
The girl’s mother contacted Grass Valley Police officers Friday morning after her daughter told her the man had approached her two mornings in a row, said Sgt. Steve Johnson.
On both occasions, the man came up to her on Race Street as she was on her way to the bus stop just before 7 a.m., complimented her looks and asked her to do some modeling for him, Johnson said.
“He offered her $200,” he said. “Fortunately, she immediately turned him down and quickly walked away.”
The police department immediately began investigating and identified the man as Emillo Santos Agnew, 50, who was discovered to be a sex offender who had failed to register for the last 12 years. Agnew had been convicted of felony sexual battery in 1999, Johnson said.
According to Johnson, Agnew’s drivers license showed a San Francisco address, but he had been staying in the Grass Valley area for about a year.
“We stepped up attempts to locate him, but he had gone back to San Francisco,” he said.
Agnew had registered with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office in 2000 and again in 2001, but then he dropped out of sight, said Senior Legal Office Assistant Nancy Anderson, who is assigned to the Major Crimes Unit and who is tasked with keeping track of every registered sex offender in the sheriff’s jurisdiction.
“Their obligation is to register annually, within five working days of their birthday, with the agency that has jurisdiction over their residence,” Anderson said.
“We didn’t know where he was,” Anderson said of Agnew, adding that over the years, she had received word he was in Alaska or in Mexico.
“He actually has been the only one who was truly missing, out of 149 (registrants).”
Anderson said arrest warrants had been issued for Agnew in May 2001 and again in March 2002; information as to why the warrants were issued was not available as of press time.
On Tuesday, Grass Valley Police detectives received word Agnew was back in town, and they located him on Race Street.
“He tried to flee, but was quickly apprehended,” Johnson said.
Agnew was booked into county jail on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender; Johnson said charges also would be sought for annoying a minor.
Because Agnew allegedly has ties to Mexico, Grass Valley Police officers successfully pushed for a bail enhancement; he currently is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail.
“The victim did the right thing and assertively declined (his) offer, and avoided what could have been a bad situation,” Johnson said. “Parents need to talk to their kids about potentially dangerous situations, so they have a plan in advance.”
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