William Combs Jr., the 47-year-old Cortina man charged with committing a forcible lewd act upon a child and various special allegations that could put him behind bars for life if convicted, entered a not guilty plea in court on June 13, and denied all special allegations.
Combs will appear in court again on June 27 at 2:30 PM for his preliminary hearing. Chief Deputy District Attorney Brendan Farrell said in court last week that he didn’t anticipate a long preliminary hearing. Combs’ public defender, Albert Smith, told Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Thompson that while he was aware of the seriousness of the charges, he would potentially be asking for a bail reevaluation – Combs is currently being held in the Colusa County Jail on $1 million bail – at the time of the preliminary hearing, depending upon how the testimony plays out.
Combs was arrested in Arbuckle on June 5, following a months-long investigation that was initiated by a Suspected Child Abuse Report (SCAR) form submitted by a mandated reporter.
The District Attorney’s Office is charging him with forcible lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14. Among the special allegations he is being charged with are that he “engaged in the tying or binding of the victim or another person in the commission of the present offense.”
Combs’ daughter, Patricia Combs, emailed the Pioneer Review last week regarding the allegations and the story that ran in last week’s paper.
“I want to state that I am the only daughter of this man who is being accused of such horrible things. This is a man who has given his whole life and always made a way for his children. A man who has grandchildren who love him dearly and never want to leave poppas house, or cry when they don’t get the chance to talk to him on the phone If I hang up too soon,” she wrote. “No, I can’t speak for my parents lives cause we all are our own person. But I can speak on the life I’ve been given and shown. This is one of the greatest men I know. He is kind, caring, strong and intelligent.”
Patricia Combs went on to say that the allegation had come up “from out of nowhere.”
“Not (at) any time of my whole life being his daughter, and being in his life, would i ever thought someone could say this about him,” Patricia Combs said. “My dad can be a lot of things but a monster is not one of them. These allegations are being said about a man who, no matter what, did everything to be the best father he knew a father was to be. A man who thrives on his children who are now growing with two who have started families of their own to grow on a continue traditions and showing the great strengths of family. I am very upset and very hurt to have to see things like this written up. And I really hope all will be done to bring justice. There isn’t a day in my life I could go on knowing I didn’t have my father to run too. If you feel some emotion to this then good. If you don’t, well I know myself being outspoken, fierce, and stubborn I won’t ever quit on this subject until my father is returned home where he belongs.”