DA files new sexual assault charges for imprisoned child molester

A 48-year-old Williams man, who is currently serving a 24-year prison sentence for child molestation, is facing new sexual assault charges in Colusa County that relate to an additional underage victim.

On May 9, 2012, Jerry Alva “J.R.” Gregston pleaded guilty to felony charges of continuous sexual abuse of a minor and oral copulation by force or fear. He was initially arrested by Williams police officers in December 2011. 

In the original case, Gregston was arrested for repeatedly molesting a young girl – who at the time was under the age of 10 – over the course of at least three years. 

According to Chief Deputy District Attorney Brendan Farrell, the alleged crimes that led to the new charges – which include lewd and lascivious acts on a minor under the age of 14, as well as a special allegation of aggravated circumstances – occurred before Gregston was arrested in 2011.

“A disclosure was made recently by another victim,” Farrell said.

Gregston, who is currently an inmate at Mule Creek State Prison, was in the Colusa County Superior Court for entry of plea on Wednesday, but the hearing was continued until Dec. 12 at the request of his public defender, attorney Albert Smith.■

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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