Bail reduced in Grass Valley sex offender case
A registered sex offender who had been out of compliance for the last 12 years — and who was arrested this week after allegedly trying to coax a young girl to model for him — had his bail reduced Thursday from $150,000 to $50,000.
That’s because even though Emillo Santos Agnew was convicted of felony sexual battery, failing to register is only a misdemeanor offense, said Nevada County Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson.
A new charge of annoying a minor might be filed against Agnew, another misdemeanor offense that would bump his bail up, as Nevada County stacks bail amounts for misdemeanors.
Grass Valley Police Sgt. Steve Johnson confirmed Thursday afternoon that his department’s request had been forwarded to the District Attorney’s office.
Agnew was arrested after a girl’s mother contacted Grass Valley Police officers. He allegedly approached the girl two mornings in a row, as she was on her way to the bus stop, complimented her looks and asked her to do some modeling for him in return for $200.
The police department identified Agnew, 50, and discovered he was a sex offender who had failed to register for the last 12 years; they were able to locate him and arrest him Tuesday.
Agnew had registered with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office in 2000 and again in 2001, but then he dropped out of sight.
According to Senior Legal Office assistant Nancy Anderson, varying reports had Agnew in Alaska or in Mexico. Anderson said arrest warrants had been issued for Agnew in May 2001 and again in March 2002.
Although Agnew had a San Francisco address on his driver’s license, he allegedly had been living in Grass Valley for about a year.
His Facebook page indicates that he was living in Grass Valley in March 2012, after living in Mexico for an extended period of time.
Agnew was booked into county jail Tuesday on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender. Because Agnew allegedly has ties to Mexico, Grass Valley Police officers successfully pushed for a bail enhancement, and he initially was being held in lieu of $150,000 bail.
But in Nevada County Superior Court Thursday morning, that bail was reduced to $50,000. Agnew did not waive time for trial, which currently is set for April 16. He is scheduled to be back in court March 27.
To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.
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