Registered sex offender arrested |

Registered sex offender arrested

A local registered sex offender is jailed in Wayne Brown Correctional Facility after being arrested by Grass Valley police on suspicion of rape, police officials said Thursday.

Dino Lorenzo Leal, 40, was arrested Tuesday evening and booked on suspicion of rape and forcible penetration against the victim’s will. The legal charge covers the use of violence or intimidation to commit the crime.

A 48-year-year-old, partially-disabled woman came forward with allegations Sunday evening that Leal assaulted her Saturday night while she was sleeping in her home on the 800 block of South Auburn Street.

She said she woke up to Leal sexually abusing her, a confrontation ensued, and Leal left.

Grass Valley Police Capt. Dave Remillard said the woman and Leal have a mutual friend, whom the woman called earlier in the evening because she wanted cigarettes. But bad weather had prevented her from getting them herself.

The friend reportedly sent Leal to run the errand, Remillard said, and when the weather got worse, she agreed to let Leal stay the night in her living room.

She was attacked in her bedroom, she told police, at approximately 11 p.m.

“She obtained peer support, talked to friends, then reported it,” Remillard said.

The woman was examined at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, with representatives from victim witness present.

“Victim witness really helps,” Remillard said. “They’re advocates for the victim. We use every avenue we can to attempt to make the victim comfortable.”

Leal is scheduled for a probation violation hearing at 11 a.m. today in an unrelated case. The unemployed laborer from Nevada City is being held without bail.

Leal’s arrests date back to at least 1992, when he was booked on suspicion of public drunkenness. One of those arrests includes a 1998 booking for lewd acts with a child under 14 years, according to records. Most of the remaining arrests were for probation violations and failure to pay fines.

Nancy Anderson, of the investigations department at the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, said Leal is registered as a sex offender in the county. He apparently had been found living in Grass Valley after having registered as living in Nevada City, she said.

“He moves constantly, back and forth, back and forth,” Anderson said. “He’s in our jurisdiction, but he did not notify us that he moved.”

Registered sex offenders are required to notify the local police department when they move into a new area, as well as notify the authorities of the area they are leaving, both within five working days of the move, Anderson said.

To find registered sex offenders in California, go to the Megan’s Law Web site: ENGLISH

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

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