Public’s help needed with child molestation case |

Public’s help needed with child molestation case

Nevada County Sheriff’s Investigators are requesting help from the public in gathering information about children who have lived with Luis Ponce, the Grass Valley man accused of molesting local children.

According to Nevada County Sheriff’s Lt. Ron Smith, six foster children were living with Ponce at the time of his arrest Jan. 26.

Smith said other children have been placed into foster care with Ponce and his wife for more than a year at his home on the 13000 block of Rattlesnake Road.

It is unknown how many children have been affected, Smith said.

Ponce’s wife of more than 20 years met with investigators Tuesday, Smith said, and was cooperative. She has told investigators that she knew nothing of her husband’s alleged involvement in child pornography and molestation.

Investigators will submit a report to the Nevada County District Attorney’s Office Thursday, Smith said, recommending that Ponce be charged with several counts of aggravated child molestation, along with generating material that sexually exploits children.

Investigators will also petition the court for an increased bail. Ponce is in custody at the Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County on $999,999 bail, charged with 57 counts of possession of child pornography.

“It’s a good thing he’s in custody,” Smith said, adding that investigators consider Ponce a danger to the children who live with him.

He asks that anyone with information about children who have been placed with the Ponces call the Nevada County Sheriff’s Investigation Division at 265-1263.

To contact staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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