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Teen charged in molestation case

Roman Gokhman

A Nevada County sheriff’s deputy arrested a 19-year-old Grass Valley man early Friday morning for allegedly fondling a 12-year-old girl in his vehicle near Greenhorn Creek.

Anthony Gene Case faces charges of committing lewd or lascivious acts on a person under 14, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of a controlled substance.

Patrol Deputy Brian Condon was driving on Red Dog Road, near Greenhorn Creek, when he saw a vehicle parked on a dirt road nearby at 12:03 a.m. Friday, Sheriff’s Sgt. Frank Koehler said.

The deputy saw that two people were inside, and it appeared as though the passenger was hastily putting her clothes on, Koehler said. Condon drove up to the driver’s side of the vehicle and spoke to Case.

“There was a young-looking female on the other passenger’s side,” Koehler said. “She was 12.”

Koehler said that while Case was being interviewed, he said he knew the girl was underage, but that she had told him she was 13.

Case and the girl told Condon that they were having consensual sexual activity, although they did not have intercourse, Koehler said. A search of Case’s vehicle produced a bag of hashish.

After Case was booked, the deputy did a search of his patrol car, and found 2-gram bag of methamphetamine hidden under the seat, Koehler said.

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