Grass Valley man sentenced in burglary case |

Grass Valley man sentenced in burglary case

A Grass Valley man arrested in August in connection with a number of burglaries, after allegedly being caught in the act at a local grocery store, was sentenced Friday to 240 days in jail.

Grass Valley Police officers had responded to a report of a young man with a knife in the 600 block of Sutton Way.

Eric Hayden Geisick, 18, was located inside Grocery Outlet and appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. A search revealed Geisick had been in the process of stealing items, including soap and shampoo, from the grocery store.

During a further search, a number of items from an earlier vehicle break-in allegedly were found in Geisick’s wallet, including fair tickets and advance tickets for carnival rides at the fairgrounds. He also allegedly had additional stolen items from a Grass Valley pharmacy, as well as three checks from local businesses made out to Pepsi.

Geisick was sentenced by Nevada County Superior Court Judge Tom Anderson to 240 days in county jail and three years of probation after pleading no contest to one count of burglary; he will be allowed to apply for alternative sentencing.

Geisick also was sentenced to 10 days in jail, to be served concurrently, after pleading no contest to a November 2012 misdemeanor charge of driving on a suspended license with a prior conviction.

Orozco pleads to misdemeanor counts in molest case

An Alta Sierra man charged with three felony counts of annoying or molesting a child younger than 18 pleaded no contest Friday to two misdemeanor counts, in exchange for a possible sentence of one to two years.

The allegations centered around inappropriate behavior allegedly exhibited by John Orozco toward several teenage girls, who were school friends of his daughter’s, including cuddling, slow-dancing and other touching incidents.

The girls testified during a preliminary hearing into the evidence that from the time they were 14 or 15 Orozco would ask for hugs, hold their hands and ask them to be his girlfriend. One 17-year-old girl testified that Orozco pushed her against a wall and kissed her on the lips.

Orozco’s attorney, Stephen Munkelt, argued that the crimes described by the witnesses would ordinarily be misdemeanors and had been inappropriately elevated to felony level because of a prior offense. Munkelt filed a motion to dismiss the information on the prior offense, which was granted and which lowered the offenses to a misdemeanor level.

Orozco’s plea agreement carries a potential sentence of at least one year; Anderson did rule that he must be on probation, although that is not typical for misdemeanor cases. Sentencing was set for March 18.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail or call (530) 477-4229.

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