Reporting Laura Cole
GRASS VALLEY (CBS13) – A Grass Valley man has been arrested for allegedly molesting several teenage boys for more than a decade, and police fear there are more victims.
Jonathan Scott Foote, 31, was arrested at a Roseville mental health facility. His family says he was brought to the facility last week because he had some issues.
“That’s just hard to believe,” said Dan Forbes, Foote’s neighbor.
Neighbors were shocked to hear that the nice guy they know is accused of such horrific crimes.
“He’s just a down-to-earth kind of person; he’d do anything to help you,” said Forbes.
But detectives paint a much different picture of Foote. They say he’s molested five teenage boys dating back 11 years. Investigators only learned of the alleged abuse after one of the victims recently came forward.
“He’s very brave to come forward and basically lay out some very traumatic times that he had to endure as a young man,” Sgt. Dan Saunders said of the victim.
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Department says the abuse would start with the suspect befriending the boys. Authorities are very concerned there could be more victims.
“Very easy going, gentle guy,” Forbes said of his accused neighbor.
Neighbors say they don’t know what to make of the allegations, and say they’ve never seen teenage boys at Foote’s house. They’re now left wondering whether they truly know the man who lives next door.
“He’s just been good friend of ours,” said Denise Forbes.
Foote’s family did not want to speak to CBS13 on camera. However, they said they don’t know what to believe and don’t know if the allegations are true.
Authorities encourage any other possible victims to come forward.