Two area teens facing sexual assault charges |

Two area teens facing sexual assault charges

Sierra Countis
Sierra Sun

Truckee police have arrested a 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of sexually assaulting three Truckee girls under the age of 14, after the victims reported the incident to authorities.

Rogelio Espinoza Jr. and a 16-year-old juvenile, whose name was not released because he is a minor, both of Truckee, were arrested Tuesday, April 3 on sexual assault charges including lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor under the age of 14, said Truckee Police Chief Scott Berry.

The three victims reported to police on Sunday, April 1, that they had been sexually assaulted by Espinoza and the 16-year-old by at a Sierra Meadows residence that afternoon, Berry said. The girls were not together when the alleged sexual assault occurred and no alcohol or drug use was found to be a factor in the incident, he said. The victims knew both of the suspects prior to the April 1 incident, Berry said.

Berry would not divulge further details regarding the circumstances of the alleged attacks because the incident is under investigation.

Police did not release the victims’ ages, only that each is under 14. Two victims alerted police of the assault allegations by one suspect when they went to the police department office to report the incident. Upon further investigation, detectives determined a third victim and a second suspect were involved, according to police reports.

Espinoza is currently in custody at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City with bail set at $25,000. Espinoza has a criminal record in town, including previous charges of trespassing and assault, Berry said.

“We need to put this kid away,” Berry said. “Parents need to be aware that this kid isn’t good.”

The 16-year-old boy is currently in custody at the Carl F. Bryan Juvenile Hall in Nevada City. Berry said he couldn’t go into any specifics on whether the teen has a previous criminal record since he is a minor.