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A 40-year-old man is jailed at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bail after he was arrested in Truckee on suspicion of raping and sodomizing an elderly woman.

Truckee police arrested David Laguna Tuesday morning on suspicion of forcible rape, oral copulation and sodomy after they interviewed a woman who lives in an apartment at the Truckee Senior Center.

Officers were interviewing her Monday about the theft of prescription medication when she told them she was sexually assaulted earlier that morning by a person she had met recently.

Until last week, Laguna had been living in Chino. He was located in a bar in downtown Truckee and arrested for traffic warrants while the sexual assault investigation continued.

The additional rape charges were added Tuesday morning, and the investigation is continuing, according to a news release from Truckee Police.

– Robyn Moormeister

Worried about online predators?

To help parents detect sexual predators stalking children online, a free presentation will be offered at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Don Baggett Auditorium in Grass Valley.

McGregor Scott, U.S. Attorney for Northern California, and representatives from the FBI and the California Department of Justice will be at the Nevada Union High School theater to discuss “Protecting Children from Online Exploitation and Abuse.”

Seating is on a first-come basis.

– The Union staff

Workshops for parents available

Two experts will offer free workshops to parents called “Talking to your children about sexuality: helpful hints and how-to’s.”

The two workshops are part of National Family Sexuality Education Month in Nevada County. Family therapist Dr. Jim Stratigakes and Nevada Union High School sexual education teacher Sadie Wright will offer advice to parents.

The Oct. 25 workshop will be at the United Methodist Church of Sierra Pines, 22559 W. Hacienda, near Lake of the Pines.

The Oct. 26 workshop will be at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St., in Grass Valley.

Both workshops will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and are sponsored by the Nevada County Citizens for Choice.

For more information, go the Citizens for Choice Web site:

-Jill Bauerle

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