Lake of the Pines man arrested in sex assault case |

Lake of the Pines man arrested in sex assault case

A Lake of the Pines man has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault after the woman's husband reportedly received a frantic text from her.

Nevada County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched for a welfare check at a residence on Torrey Pines Drive at about 2 a.m. Saturday, said Lt. Steve Tripp.

The victim's husband had received a text from her, asking for help, Tripp said.

"When he called her phone, all he could hear was screaming, and then the line went dead," he said.

The victim's husband reportedly had gone out on his bicycle in the area, looking for her. Deputies were able to reach the woman on her cellphone, and she told them she was on her way home, Tripp said.

The woman was extremely distraught, Tripp said, adding, "She kept repeating, 'I thought he was my friend.'"

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The victim told deputies that she had been at a bar with the suspect — identified as Dallas Joshua James Myers, 27 — and other friends, and that they subsequently all went to Myers' residence.

She reportedly was giving him advice about his relationship problems when he began complimenting her on her looks and then propositioned her.

Myers then grabbed her and sexually assaulted her, Tripp said, adding that she eventually was able to get away and leave the residence.

Investigators recovered evidence that reportedly supported her statement, and interviewed Myers.

"He made some admissions, and was arrested," Tripp said.

Myers was booked into county jail on suspicion of forcible sexual penetration and was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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