70-year-old faces charges of sex abuse | TheUnion.com

70-year-old faces charges of sex abuse

A 70-year-old Nevada County resident is facing eight charges of committing lewd or lascivious acts on three girls who were younger than 14 years when the alleged crimes were committed.

Feliciano Villarreal is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges and enter a plea Sept. 7.

According to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, authorities often responded to the home Villarreal shares with his wife, his son and the son’s wife, and his grandchildren. Detective Rich Kimball said most of the visits to the home were for reports of domestic disputes between Villarreal and his wife.

On June 29, deputies arrived at the home after a report of a dispute and were told that Villarreal had molested three girls, now 7, 13, 15 years old, during the past seven years.

Villarreal was released on bail from the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility shortly after being arrested.

According to court documents, one girl was molested between November 1997 and June 29 of this year; another girl was assaulted from January 1999 through January 2003; and the third girl from January 2004 through June 29.

Police documents in Villarreal’s court case have been sealed by a judge.

Kimball said Villarreal’s son denied the allegations to authorities, but the son’s wife acknowledged them.

“The sad thing is, they all knew about it,” Kimball said.

Kimball said the interviews with all three girls and other witnesses all pointed to the allegations being legitimate.

Villarreal’s Lake of the Pines attorney did not return telephone calls from The Union Wednesday, and Villarreal could not be reached for comment.

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