May 9, 2009

Guadalupe Dominguez held in child molestation case

By Ashley Gebb, Appeal-Democrat

May 9, 2009

A Yuba City, CA, man was in custody Saturday on child molestation charges.

Guadalupe Dominguez, 39, of the 3900 block of S. Walton Avenue, was arrested Friday without incident on suspicion of unlawful sexual activity, continuous sexual abuse and lewd and lascivious behavior with a child under 14 after he came to the Sutter County Sheriff's Department to speak with a deputy, said Sgt. Chad Niswonger.

The department received a phone call Friday from a Yuba City resident alerting them of the alleged activity, Niswonger said. The child and Dominguez knew each other, according to Niswonger.

"At his time we are not under the assumption that there (are more victims)," he said. "But if they did come forward, we would definitely investigate it."

Dominguez was held without bail. Niswonger said he did not know if Dominguez has any prior convictions.

Niswonger wanted the public to know they should feel safe in coming forward. He said the department does its best to protect the identity of the victims and those who report the crimes. "We take this very seriously," he said.

Niswonger encouraged anyone suspicious of sexual abuse to report it to a teacher, counselor, law enforcement or anyone else they feel safe telling, he said.

Parents and other adults can do their part by having discussions about appropriate relationships with children or anyone else who could be susceptible to sexual abuse. "If anything, knowledge is power," he said. "If they know it is not right, they don't have to second-guess themselves."

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