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Two men have been arrested on suspicion of felony elder abuse in Calaveras County and a third man suspected of elder abuse is believed to have left the county once he learned law enforcement was investigating, a sheriff’s sergeant said Wednesday in a summary of three separate cases.

The arrested men were identified as Shawn Christopher Anderson, 43, of San Andreas, who was arrested Sept. 8; and Donald David Nicholson, 53, of Burson, who was arrested Sept. 7. Anderson and Nicholson were both booked into Calaveras County jail on $50,000 bail each.

A Sept. 8 investigation in Valley Springs is continuing. A week after all three investigations, details of what happened were not disclosed.

Instead, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office distributed summary definitions of elder abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, and financial abuse.

Victims of elder abuse often know their abusers, and many times the crimes go unreported due to fear of retaliation, perceived shame in regards to the abuse, and fear of loss of independence. Anyone with more information about elder abuse in Calaveras County was urged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (209) 754-6500 or (209) 754-6030.

Contact Guy McCarthy at or (209) 770-0405. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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