Suspected molester from Nevada City arrested in Yreka |

Suspected molester from Nevada City arrested in Yreka

An alert from Nevada County for a suspected child molester paid off Monday afternoon, when Yreka police located Jerry Hopper, 50, of Nevada City on Oberlin Road in Yreka.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office alerted law enforcement throughout the north state Monday afternoon that it was looking for Hopper in connection with a number of sexual molest violations Hopper is suspected of committing against a family member.

Police were informed that Hopper may have also been involved in a domestic violence incident in Grass Valley, where Hopper had been living with his wife and child. Law enforcement was alerted that Hopper’s wife had fled the area after that incident and may be on her way to Yreka or Medford, Ore., where she has family. Hopper was assumed to be following her and a description of Hopper and his green Ford F-250 pickup was provided in the alert to local police.

At about 4 p.m., Yreka Police Officer Chuck Pipkin spotted Hopper’s vehicle pull into the driveway of a residence on Oberlin Road in Yreka. Several officers went to assist Pipkin because of the possibility that Hopper may have been armed with a .45-caliber handgun and it was not known whether he had the gun with him.

As Hopper started to leave the Oberlin Road residence, a traffic stop was made and Hopper was taken into custody without incident. No firearm was located, Yreka police said.

After booking, Yreka Police Detective Rick Berwick advised Hopper of the charges against him and ìhe made no statement,î according to Berwick.

Nevada County detectives are reportedly on their way to Siskiyou County today with a warrant to return Hopper to Nevada County to face charges there. Until their arrival, Hopper is being held in the Siskiyou County jail on $75,000 bail charged with engaging in three or more acts of substantial sexual contact with a child under 14 years, participating in an act of oral copulation with a victim under 14 years, committing a lewd act on a child under 14 years by force or violence, rape, and committing an act oral copulation on a child under 14.

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