A Sonora man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of continuous sexual abuse of a child over a period of eight years.
The arrest comes about one week after a La Grange man identified as a sex offender was arrested for exposing himself and committing a sex act in front of three children. Over the last three months, at least three others were charged with sex crimes against minors in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties.
“Crimes against children are and have always been of great concern,” said Sgt. Andrea Benson with the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office said on July 20, they received a report that a Sonora man had abused a child over time between the ages of 5 and 13.
According to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office logs, the report was made at 5:32 p.m. from Eel River Drive in Sonora, the street identified as where the man’s residence is located.
An investigation was initiated, and John Randall Pauley, 48, was interviewed. Benson said According to booking logs, Pauley was arrested on the 13700 block of Mono Way at an address shared with a gas station.
Pauley was charged on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault of a minor by force, lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 with force, continuous sexual abuse of a child and oral copulation of sexual penetration of a child 10 years or younger.
The Sheriff’s Office did not release when abuse was alleged to have occurred. The gender of the child and their relationship to Pauley is not being released to protect the privacy of the victim, Benson said.
Pauley’s occupation is identified as a furniture mover.
His bail was set at $250,000 and as of Friday afternoon he was in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail.
The Sheriff’s Office is requesting that people with information related to Pauley or other potential victims contact an officer at (209) 533-5815.
On July 19, a 61-year-old transient man was arrested in La Grange on July 19 for allegedly exposing himself and committing a sex act in front of three children.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the report was received from the Angels Camp Police Department. They did not identify where the act took place.
A photo was taken of the act that supported a statement made by the juveniles. It was determined the man was a registered sex offender.
Donald Ray Smith, 61 was booked on suspicion of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old and failure to register as a sex offender with a prior conviction following an arrest on the 4800 block of Arbolado Drive in La Grange.
Smith’s bail was set at $100,000 and he was in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail Thursday.
According to California Megan’s Law website, a database of registered sex offenders, Smith was convicted in 1995 for lewd of lascivious acts with a child 14 or 15 years of age. His year of last release was identified as 1995.
There are 121 sexual offenders listed on Megan’s Law with residences in Tuolumne County. There are 86 registered sex offenders in Calaveras County.
On June 11, a 29-year-old Pioneer man was arrested on suspicion of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 and misdemeanor charges touching a person intimately against their will.
Sgt. Greg Stark at the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office said James Alan Gallette was arrested without incident by court security deputies on a warrant issued by the court.
He said he could not release any additional information regarding the arrest.
Benson said physical warning signs that may indicate a child had been include trauma to the genital area or unexplained bleeding.
Behavioral and emotional signs may include sexual behavior inappropriate for the child’s age, not wanting to be alone with certain people or resuming behaviors that they have grown out of, she said.
“It’s not always easy to identify child sexual abuse, and it can be even more challenging to step in if you suspect something isn’t right. If a child tells you that someone makes them uncomfortable, even if they can’t tell you anything specific, listen,” Benson said in an email.
On May 30, a 36-year-old Sonora man was arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing two underage children.
Armando Lamas was booked on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 with force, lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, contact of a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense and willful cruelty to a child following an arrest at his home on Linoberg Street.
His bail was set at $150,000 and he bonded out of the Tuolumne County Jail.
Also in May, Mona McGrady, 61 a former staff member of Mother Lode Christian School in Tuolumne was arrested and charged on suspicion of sexually abusing female students in the 1990s.