Grass Valley rapist in jail |

Grass Valley rapist in jail

A registered sex offender is in Wayne Brown Correctional Facility Thursday after being arrested by Grass Valley police on suspicion of rape, a jail official said.

Dino Leal, 40, is scheduled for a probation violation hearing at 11 a.m. Friday in an earlier case. The unemployed laborer from Nevada City was arrested late Tuesday and booked on suspicion of rape and forcible penetration against the victim’s will. The legal charge covers the use of violence or intimidation to commit the crime.

He is being held without bail.

Leal’s arrests go back to at least 1992 when he was booked on suspicion of public drunkenness. One of those arrests includes a 1998 booking for lewd acts with a child under 14 years, according to records. Most of the remaining arrests were for probation violations and failure to pay fines.

Nancy Anderson, of the investigations department at the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, said Leal is registered as a sex offender in the county. He apparently had been found living in Grass Valley after having registered as living in Nevada City, she said.

“He moves constantly, back and forth, back and forth,” Anderson said. “He’s in our jurisdiction, but he did not notify us that he moved.”

Registered sex offenders are required to notify the local police department when they move into a new area, as well as notify the authorities of the area they are leaving, both within five working days of the move, Anderson said.

To find registered sex offenders in California, go to the Megan’s Law Website:

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