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Hearing set in child sexual assault case


The preliminary hearing into the evidence in a high-profile child molestation case has been confirmed for Aug. 27.

Jonathan Scott Foote, 31, was arrested Feb. 14 for allegedly molesting a number of boys over a period of 11 years; the boys were in their very early teens at the time of the alleged incidents.

Several of the victims in a high-profile child molestation case came in contact with the defendant while he was working at a group youth facility, Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell said at the time of Foote’s arrest.

It is alleged that Foote sexually assaulted at least two children while employed at the group youth facility in 2002 and molested another youth continuously between 2003 and 2011.

The complaint initially filed by Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Ow charged Foote with sexual assault against three victims.

The complaint since has been amended to include five victims and includes charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child, lewd acts on a child, aggravated sexual assault of a child, forcible oral copulation and oral copulation of a person younger than 18.

Other court news

The man who eluded multiple law enforcement agencies during an intensive manhunt Aug. 6 — and then was arrested two days later after he allegedly broke into a Grass Valley business — deferred entering a plea in Nevada County Superior Court Thursday.

Allan Pollock, a 25-year-old Rocklin native, was arrested in connection with the burglary at Hills Flat Lumber on Railroad Avenue after the alarm was tripped at about 2:30 a.m.

Pollock allegedly tried to flee but was apprehended after a chase.

Pollock also allegedly had been linked to a number of recent burglaries, including a burglary at the Food Bank and the theft of its truck.

The pursuit on Aug. 6 started with a smash-and-grab robbery at the Empire Mine State Historic Park that afternoon when money was taken from a donation box. Witnesses identified Pollock as the unarmed perpetrator.

Shortly afterwards, a man matching Pollock’s description was seen in the area of Colfax Avenue and Ophir Street and eventually was spotted near Memorial Park by a Grass Valley Police officer.

The man fled, and the pursuing agencies expanded to include a California Highway Patrol helicopter, a K-9 unit from Placer County, state parks rangers, Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies and Nevada City Police officers.

Despite a nearly four-hour manhunt, the suspect evaded capture.

Pollock is charged in two separate case.

The first involves one count of second-degree residential burglary in Grass Valley.

In the second case, he has been charged with first-degree residential burglary, being a felon in possession of a firearm, vehicle theft, resisting arrest and two counts of petty theft with priors.

Pollock is set to enter a plea Aug. 22; his public defender, Jody Schutz, indicated she might ask for a bail reduction at that time.

Pollock’s bail currently is set at $107,500, according to jail staff.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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