In a sometimes-contentious arraignment hearing Monday morning, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Donald Black pleaded not guilty to child molest and drug charges.
Black was arrested in late September for allegedly molesting a boy for several years, starting when the victim was 14.
According to Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell, the conduct was not an isolated incident but happened multiple times in 2006 and 2007 at Black’s home. Black has been charged with five felony counts alleging lewd or lascivious acts with a child of 14 or 15 years and four misdemeanor counts of unauthorized possession of anabolic steroids.
Black, who is out of custody on $100,000 bail, was in Nevada County Superior Court Monday with Sacramento attorney M. Bradley Wishek, who was standing in for Shannon Baker. Black pleaded not guilty to all charges.
A testy exchange took place between Wishek and Judge Ersel Edwards regarding conditions of bail and a criminal protective order being sought by Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Ow.
Edwards ordered that Black have no contact with minors younger than 18 unless he was in the presence of a responsible third party.
Edwards said Black could have contact with his two young children, ages 7 and 10, unless a restraining order had been filed in civil court.
Wishek said he was not sure if such an order was in effect but indicated Black would comply if that was the case.
Ow asked for an order requiring Black to surrender his firearms and for search and seizure terms regarding firearms and drugs.
Wishek objected on the basis of need, but Ow noted that such a surrender of weapons should have already occurred based on an emergency protective order. According to Ow, that order could expire after 30 days, which is why she was seeking another order from the judge.
Edwards ordered that Black surrender his firearms within 48 hours and told Wishek — who requested that he be allowed to transfer them rather than surrender them — that Black must surrender them to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office or sell or donate them to a licensed dealer or other lawful agency.
The point seemed moot, in any case, as Wishek told Edwards that all of Black’s guns had been seized at the time of the warrant search.
“He doesn’t have any in his possession right now,” Wishek said.
Black is next scheduled to be in court for a felony conference at 1 p.m. Dec. 12.
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