GRASS VALLEY, CA - A Sacramento County sheriff's deputy was released from the Nevada County Jail on bail after being arrested on suspicion of molesting a child.
The arrest of 43-year-old Donald Black was set in motion early in the week after Nevada County sheriff's detectives got a tip that Black was allegedly molesting a teenage boy.
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Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said the abuse actually happened a few years ago and the victim is now over 18. However, detectives can still investigate because recent legislation changed the statute of limitations.
"It allows provisions for the victim to come forward, provide us this information and we can investigate it as a current crime," said Royal.
Detectives believe the abuse happened in Nevada County. They searched Black's Lake of the Pines home Wednesday morning. Nothing related to the current charges was found, but they did find steroids and ecstasy pills.
Black is charged with five counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child; that is five counts for five different incidents.
On Tuesday, Nevada County detectives were waiting for Black at the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department's north substation on Garfield. He was questioned as soon as he got to work.
"When we contacted him, he was cooperative with staff, during the interview process and has been cooperative throughout the whole process," Royal said.
Because of the people involved, it's not likely there will be other victims, but it's always a possibility.
"At this point, we have no others that have come forward, but we'll continue until we close that door."
Black is on paid administrative leave from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.
"Every time we make a mistake, we put a little nick into our armor when it comes to public trust," Royal said. "So, it's important that we set a high standard and hold ourselves accountable."
Black's first court appearance is Nov. 4.
By Nick Monacelli, firstname.lastname@example.org