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February 15, 2014
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Nevada City man charged with sex crimes against minors

A Nevada City man has pleaded not guilty to eight counts involving molesting two separate girls over a period of time dating back eight years.

Robert Lewis Taylor, 49, is out on $120,000 bail and is set to return to court March 13.

According to court documents, Taylor has been charged with lewd acts on one victim, who was younger than 14 at the time, in 2006.

The majority of the charges were filed on behalf of a second victim, who was younger than 18, for incidents that occurred between 2008 and 2010, and in 2013. Those charges include sexual battery by restraint, and six counts of child molestation.

Taylor self-surrendered on the charges on Feb. 7 and was booked into county jail in lieu of $150,000 bail.

His attorney, Stephen Munkelt, argued on Feb. 10 that he be released on his own recognizance. Superior Court Judge Tom Anderson denied that request, but did lower bail to $120,000.

Taylor returned to court Thursday. His attorney had been prepared to push for a preliminary hearing into the evidence against him, but waived his right to have that hearing within 10 or 60 days because he was out of custody. A felony conference was set, instead.

Line-up requested for burglar suspect

The public defender for a burglary suspect has asked for a line-up.

Jared Michael Cline, 27, of Grass Valley, was arrested Feb. 9 after Grass Valley Police looking for a burglary suspect reportedly found him in a nearby granny unit.

A woman from the 300 block of Mill Street called 911 to report that a man had kicked her front door in and entered her residence.

He fled on a bicycle after she confronted him, and she followed him down the street, alerting officers to where he had gone.

Officers found the mountain bike the suspect apparently had ditched, and found the front door of a granny unit had been kicked in.

Inside, officers reportedly found Cline.

Cline has been charged with first-degree residential burglary, vandalism and resisting arrest.

In court Thursday, Deputy Public Defender Tamara Zuromskis indicated she wanted a line-up in court, since Cline reportedly had been identified in the field by the victim.

He is set to return to court on March 11 for that motion and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, e-mail or call 530-477-4229.

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