Nevada County prosecutor: Kurt Tyrrell could face 24 years in prison, if convicted | TheUnion.com

Nevada County prosecutor: Kurt Tyrrell could face 24 years in prison, if convicted

Kurt Matthew Tyrrell

Kurt Tyrrell, formerly accused of child molestation, now faces three counts of rape by use of an intoxicating substance, Nevada County court records state.

The change in the accusations stems from the victim's age and the facts of the case, said Chris Walsh, assistant district attorney.

One of Tyrrell's original accusations indicated the victim was 14 or 15 years old.

"The allegations are that the defendant provided a minor with alcohol and then raped her," Walsh said.

Tyrrell, 56, would have faced a maximum of around six years in prison if convicted on his initial charges. He faces a maximum of 24 years if convicted on his new accusations, Walsh said.

Tamara Zuromskis, Tyrrell's deputy public defender, declined comment.

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According to Walsh, law enforcement initially arrests someone on the charges they think are applicable. The District Attorney's Office then gets the case and can add or amend those charges.

"In this case, the alleged victim is a minor," Walsh said. "The charges that I filed are more serious."

Authorities said they arrested Tyrrell last week after almost a month-long investigation. He remained in jail Tuesday under $200,000 in bond, reports state.

Tyrrell is accused of raping his victim three times between May 1 and Aug. 30, court records state.

The Penn Valley Elementary School District said it placed Tyrrell on administrative leave after his arrest. An employee of the district for about 18 months, Tyrrell worked in information technology. He previously coached basketball.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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