Former CHP officer, convicted sex offender facing new molestation charge

Jun 23, 2015 9:28 PM by News Staff

A former CHP officer, and the son of a Cottonwood man convicted of murdering his wife in a high profile case, will be held for trial in a Butte County sexual abuse case.

Jacob Duenas, a former CHP officer in the Monterey office, was previously convicted of two counts of misdemeanor child molestation in Monterey in 2008 involving children ages 13 and 14, and was required to register as a sex offender. He was fired from the CHP as a result.

Chico police arrested Duenas in April after investigators learned he may have sexually abused a 10-year-old boy between March and June of 2014.

During a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Chico Police Department Detective Brian Miller testified the boy's statement in a forensic interview was consistent with the statement he made when initially contacted by law enforcement, and that despite numerous opportunities to exaggerate his claims, the child remained consistent.

Duenas will be arraigned on July 15, 2015 and a trial date will be set at that time. If convicted, he faces up to 8 years in state prison. He remains out of jail on $50,000 bail.

Duenas is the son of Mark Duenas, who was convicted of killing his wife Karen in 2013, the case made national headlines after being featured on NBC's Dateline.


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