Molestation suspect’s arraignment postponed |

Molestation suspect’s arraignment postponed

The arraignment for a 31-year-old Grass Valley man on multiple charges of child molestation involving at least five victims has been postponed until March 28.

Jonathan Scott Foote was arrested Feb. 14 for allegedly molesting at least five boys over a period of 11 years; the boys were in their very early teens at the time of the alleged incidents.

Foote was booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14 and continuous sexual abuse of a child. He is being held in county jail in lieu of $5 million bail.

Foote initially was set for arraignment Feb. 19, a date that was pushed back to Feb. 28. But according to his attorney, Bill Walker, he now is scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. March 28, in part because new charges might be pending.

At the time of Foote’s arrest, Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal declined to comment on Foote’s connection to the alleged victims or how the alleged molestations came to light, citing the ongoing investigation.

Dog case defendants

in court Monday

The sentencing of a Nevada County man who amputated his dog’s leg in a home surgery was postponed until mid-April.

Timothy Looper had pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of animal neglect in exchange for a proposed sentence of no more than 60 days. He is eligible for alternative sentencing and must forfeit the dog, Bart, to Sammie’s Friends, which runs the animal shelter for Nevada County. He must also pay almost $750 in restitution to Sammie’s Friends for Bart’s care.

Looper brought the dog, named Bart, into Mother Lode Veterinary Hospital after a dog twice his size had attacked it.

Bart had previously been attacked and left with a leg that was so severely injured it needed to be amputated. Looper didn’t have the funds at the time and decided to amputate the leg himself. The wound was infected, but the vets at Mother Lode were able to treat it.

Looper’s sentencing was set for Monday but was re-scheduled to April 15 after Superior Court Judge Tom Anderson indicated his attorney needed to investigate counseling options.

In another case that drew substantial media attention, a Foresthill man was arraigned in Placer County Court Monday morning on one count of felony animal cruelty.

Mark Steven Pope asked for a public defender and is set to return to court March 21 in Auburn.

Pope is charged in the beating and shooting of a small terrier mix that has been named Frankie, which was found by a group of campers Sept. 14, 2011, near Foresthill after they heard him whimpering for two days.

The dog had been beaten and shot in the face multiple times with a pellet gun. The badly injured canine was taken to a veterinarian in the Bay Area and then was traced to Scooter’s Pals, a Nevada County “last chance” rescue organization that had microchipped Frankie about six months before adopting him out. Frankie underwent several surgeries and has been adopted by a Napa family. For information on Frankie, formerly known as “Butch,” visit his Facebook page at

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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