Several of the victims in a high-profile child molest case came in contact with the defendant while he was working at a group youth facility, according to Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell.
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.
He was booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14 and continuous sexual abuse of a child, and is being held in county jail in lieu of $5 million bail.
Foote appeared in court Feb. 19, but deferred entering a plea until March 28, reportedly in part because more charges were pending.
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, Newell said.
That victim “was an acquaintance,” Newell said. “It was a long-term abuse situation.”
The complaint initially filed by Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Ow charged Foote with 29 counts of sexual assault against three victims. Newell said an amended complaint will be filed, with additional counts and victims.
“There are at least two more (victims) for sure, with similar counts,” Newell said Wednesday.
Newell said he released those details because there is concern that Foote might have sexually molested other children as well.
“Molestation victims can have serious reservations about exposing this (type of crime),” he said. “I want victims to be aware there are specific investigators they can contact.”
Newell urged victims who had not yet come forward, or anyone with additional information, to contact District Attorney Investigator Tom Swisher at 530-265-1796 or Nevada County Sheriff’s Det. Dominic LaFountain of the Major Crimes Unit, at 530-470-2716.
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