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Agnew charged with multiple counts for allegedly failing to register as sex offender

Emillo Agnew, a registered sex offender who allegedly had been out of compliance for the last 12 years and who was arrested for allegedly trying to coax a young girl to model for him, was arraigned on multiple counts in Nevada County Superior Court Tuesday.

Agnew was arrested March 19 after a girl’s mother contacted Grass Valley Police officers. He allegedly approached the girl two mornings in a row, as she was on her way to the bus stop, complimented her looks and asked her to do some modeling for him in return for $200.

The police department identified Agnew, 50, and discovered he was a sex offender who had last registered with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office in 2001.

Agnew’s criminal record includes a conviction for sexual battery in 1999 and two felony robbery convictions.

According to Senior Legal Office Assistant Nancy Anderson, varying reports had Agnew in Alaska or in Mexico. Anderson said arrest warrants had been issued for Agnew in May 2001 and again in March 2002.

The warrant was recalled, however, said Sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Saunders.

Agnew was the suspect in a rape of a pregnant woman on the San Juan Ridge in April 2001, according to The Union’s archives.

Agnew met the alleged victim — 22 years old and seven months pregnant at the time — at a Sacramento coffee shop, offered her a job burning brush and took her to his Ridge home.

Once there, Agnew allegedly told the woman in a threatening manner she had to have sex with him or leave. She allegedly consented because she was frightened, and it was dark and snowing.

When detectives went to question Agnew, however, he fled.

Charges in the alleged rape cannot be refiled due to the statute of limitations, Saunders said.

Agnew reportedly had been spotted in Grass Valley last summer but managed to evade arrest until two weeks ago. His Facebook page indicates that he was living in Grass Valley in March 2012 after living in Mexico for an extended period of time.

Agnew was initially arraigned March 21 on one count of failing to register as a sex offender and two counts of annoying a minor. He pleaded not guilty and his bail was set at $50,000. Deputy Public Defender Micah Pierce unsuccessfully requested a bail reduction March 27.

On Tuesday, Deputy District Attorney Ray DeJesus moved to amend the charges against Agnew with four separate counts of failure to register.

“This simply clarifies the number of violations,” he said.

Pierce objected, telling Judge Jane York the added count would “essentially double” Agnew’s potential jail time.

But York granted the motion to amend the complaint, noting the charges differed based on whether Agnew failed to register each year or when he moved.

Pierce then objected to one count that dated back to 2002, which he said pushed it beyond the statute of limitations. York directed him to submit a written motion on the demurrer motion and set a hearing for April 5.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail or call 530-477-4229.

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