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Child molestation charge dismissed against Stonyford man

A Stonyford man pleaded no contest to a single misdemeanor charge on Monday in a plea deal with the District Attorney that dismisses a more serious felony.

Johnny R. Sanchinelli-Huttman, 38, who goes by the name Jayare, was convicted in Colusa County Superior Court on April 5, after pleading no contest to a single charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

In exchange for the plea and early resolution to the case, Colusa County District Attorney dismissed an original charge of child molestation, to which Sanchinelli-Huttman could have served up to one year in jail if convicted.

The District Attorney originally charged Sanchinelli-Huttman on Jan. 19, following the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office investigation of a report that the 38-year-old man engaged in disturbing behavior motivated by a sexual interest in an individual under the age of 18.
Unlike lewd acts with a minor, a felony charge of child molestation does not require any physical contact to actually occur, according to California penal code.

Colusa County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson sentenced Sanchinelli-Huttman to one-year of formal probation on the misdemeanor charge.

As part of his probation, Sanchinelli-Huttman was ordered to obey all laws and to have no contact with any minor under the age of 18 without an adult present.

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