COLUSA COUNTY (CBS13) – An accused sex predator who once produced pornography films is implicating a local sheriff’s captain in an explosive, exclusive CBS13 interview.

The former porn producer says Sutter County Sheriff’s Captain Lewis McElfresh Jr. urged him to have sex with a 16-year-old girl. CBS13 went to the Colusa County Jail and heard the shocking allegations.

He is a well-respected member of the Sutter County Sheriff’s Department, under arrest for child abuse. Now we are learning there may be much more to the story.

“Lewis and I became friends,” said Donny Pauling.

Pauling is a former porn producer-turned-preacher accused of sexual abuse of a minor. Tonight he says what sources are not denying is that his case and McElfresh’s are connected.

“He kept on pressuring me to try to do it, and I just kept saying, ‘no, I’m not going to do it,’” said Pauling.

Pauling says he and McElfresh were friends, and says one night McElfresh asked him over then tried to get Pauling to have sex with the captain’s 16-year-old family member.

“I came over to his house and he tried to get me to sleep with her. He said to me that she wanted to sleep with me,” said Pauling.

He says McElfresh got the underage girl to undress.

Shore: “And what’s McElfresh doing?”

Pauling: “Well, he was watching.”

Shore: “Are you telling me that Captain McElfresh tried to watch you and his family member have sex?”

Pauling: “Yes, that’s what he wanted that night.”

Yuba City police have charged McElfresh with child abuse or failing to prevent child abuse. They have not confirmed the details of the case.

Pauling swears he did not touch the girl and denied the advances — something it appears law enforcement don’t believe.

“He took me off into a room and told me to keep my mouth shut,” Pauling said.

McElfresh was originally supposed to be transported to the Colusa County Jail because he is the commander of the Sutter County Jail. Instead, he was booked into the Yolo County Jail because Pauling is at the Colusa County Jail.

McElfresh’s bail is set at $5 million. According to the Sutter County district attorney, there could be more charges against McElfresh. A number of sources within the law enforcement community in the Yuba-Sutter community confirmed something Pauling confirmed himself.

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