Accused child molester stands trial |

Accused child molester stands trial

Today was the first day of the trial against Luis Ponce of Grass Valley, arrested in Jan. 2006 and charged with 16 various counts of aggravated child molestation.

The mother of Luis Ponce’s victim sobbed into her hands this morning as she reluctantly watched video of the defendant abusing her one-year-old baby girl.

Ponce taped the video himself about six years ago, and now it’s being used as evidence.

The Berkeley Police Department launched the investigation into Ponce last year after one of his co-workers at the Berkeley Fire Department reported finding child pornography on a computer disc belonging to Ponce.

Ponce commuted to his job as a paramedic at the fire department from his house on Rattlesnake Road in Grass Valley.

Berkeley Police obtained a warrant and searched Ponce’s work locker.

Today, Berkeley Police Det. Angela Hawk testified officers found an “enormous amount of evidence,” including five video tapes.

Hawk contacted the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office because it appeared some of Ponce’s crimes had occurred in Nevada County.

Local officials viewed the tapes, and obtained a warrant to search Ponce’s home, where more evidence was located.

Ponce remains incarcerated at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in lieu of $2 million bail.

The trial is scheduled to resume 9 a.m. Thursday in Nevada County Superior Court.

Read Thursday’s edition of The Union for the full story.

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