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Grass Valley man accused of trying to solicit sex acts

Sean Anthony Saenz

Authorities say Sean Anthony Saenz offered drugs to a girl at Silver Springs High School and tried to engage in a sex act with her.

About a day later Saenz, 31, of Grass Valley, offered cash to three different women for sex, Nevada County Superior Court records state.

Arrested Monday, Saenz remained jailed Wednesday under $50,000 in bond. He’s charged with two felonies: furnishing marijuana to a minor and contacting a minor for a sexual offense. Saenz also faces three misdemeanor counts of engaging or agreeing to engage in prostitution, records show.

Saenz is scheduled to appear in court today.

According to prosecutors, the accusations against Saenz stem from two different incidents.

The first happened around Feb. 22, when Saenz approached a teen girl, Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh said.

“We believe he tried to lure her into a bathroom,” Walsh said. “In the process, he also tried to offer her drugs.”

The second incident occurred about a day later, when Saenz solicited three women in Nevada City and Grass Valley for sex, Walsh said.

“They were all complete strangers to him,” he added. “In most of the instances he was just displaying cash.”

Authorities viewed video from Silver Springs, and officers from Nevada City and Grass Valley worked together to identify Saenz as the suspect in both cases.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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