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Teen faces two sexual assault charges

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The driver who has been accused of hitting and killing 19-year-old Truckee resident Keith Stewart on Aug. 16 is now facing two separate sexual assault allegations.

Scott Lindner, 18, of Ross, Calif., is being charged on suspicion of the incidents, one involving a girl under the age of 14 and another involving a girl between the ages of 14 and 17, said Truckee police Lt. Harwood Mitchell. Both incidents reportedly occurred in the past month.

Truckee police learned of the new accusations during the investigation of last week’s alleged hit-and-run death at Truckee River Regional Park, in which Lindner fled the scene and then contacted the Truckee Police Department to report his involvement in the death, according to police reports.

Lindner, who had been staying in his parents’ second home in Lahontan, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run. He posted bail for those charges and was arrested again Tuesday on suspicion of the sexual assault charges, including assault to commit a felony sex offense, false imprisonment, attempted oral copulation, intimidation of a victim, battery, and annoying or molesting two children under the age of 18.

As of Wednesday, Lindner was still being held on $150,000 bail at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City.

The fatal collision was not related to either of the sexual assault allegations, Mitchell said.

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The alleged sexual assault victims “are not related to one another or the hit-and-run,” but both of the reported victims were acquaintances of Lindner, Mitchell said.

At this time, there is no reason to believe there are more assaults in connection to Lindner, Mitchell said.