Cortina man arrested on suspicion of forcible lewd acts upon a child

A 47-year-old Cortina man is behind bars, accused of committing sex crimes against a minor.

Williams Combs Jr. was arrested by the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office in Arbuckle on Tuesday, June 5, on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault of a minor by force, sexual intercourse or sodomy with a child 10 years of age or younger, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and rape against a person’s will by force or violence. The arrest followed an Sheriff’s Office Investigation that had spanned “a few months” and was still ongoing last week, Colusa County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Contreras said.

The Sheriff’s Office initiated the investigation after a Suspected Child Abuse Report (SCAR) form was filed. The SCAR System is specifically created for Mandated Reporters to complete written reports of suspected child abuse online.

Combs was arraigned in the Colusa County Superior Court on Wednesday, June 6. The Colusa County District Attorney’s Office is charging him with forcible led acts upon a child, as well as special allegations that could put him behind bars for 25 years to life. Among them is the special allegation that “the defendant engaged in the tying or binding of the victim or another person in the commission of commission of the present offense” – in this case, while Combs allegedly committed a forcible lewd act upon a child under the age of 14. The special allegations fall under California Penal Code Section 667.61, also known California’s “One Strike law,” which defines sex crimes that carry life sentences.

“It is a life crime with that enhancement,” District Attorney Matthew Beauchamp said on Monday.

Albert Smith was appointed as Combs’ public defender during his arraignment. Combs is set to appear in the Colusa County Superior Court today at 1 PM for entry of plea. He is being held at the Colusa County Jail on $1 million bail.

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net