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2 of the 3 adults plead not guilty for the sexual assault of a child

Two of the three suspects arrested for the sexual assault of a child have plead not guilty.

Posted: Sep 19, 2019 5:39 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2019 8:22 PM

UPDATE 8:11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 - Chief of Police Mike O'Brien told Action News Now if anyone believes their child may be a victim, do call Chico Police and Detectives will investigate.

"We want to ensure all allegations are investigated thoroughly and appropriately. I appreciate you helping to spread the word with our community, as I understand the angst of concerned parents," he added.

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UPDATE 4:58 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 - Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said Chesley Klein did not enter a plea, further arraignment for Klein will take place Oct. 9. Klein's bail has been set at $2 million, Ramsey said.

David Hamilton's preliminary hearing has been set for Oct. 8 and Vincent Balderas's preliminary hearing will be on Oct. 9, Ramsey said.

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UPDATE 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 - David Hamilton and Vincent Balderas have both plead not guilty. 

Stay with Action News Now for the latest developments as they become available.

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CHICO, Calif. - Chico Police arrested three people suspected in the sexual assault of a child, and believe more suspects may be involved.

On August 27, 2019, officers arrested 22-year-old David Hamilton, for the sexual assault of a child under 10.

This was after detectives received information that he had been molesting the child. During the investigation, detectives served multiple search warrants and collected evidence. Detectives said Hamilton was also in possession of child pornography.

As detectives investigated Hamilton, they said they discovered information that a second suspect 23-year-old Vincent Balderas, was possibly involved in the sexual assault. Police said Balderas was friends with Hamilton and was residing at Hamilton’s apartment.

After further investigation, Balderas was arrested for sexually assaulting the same victim. Police said Balderas was also found to be in possession of child pornography. On Sept. 9, Balderas was located and arrested. He was booked on multiple counts of sexual assault of a minor, meeting a minor for sexual purposes and being in possession of child pornography.

As this investigation continued, detectives started collecting information about David Hamilton’s girlfriend, Chelsey Klein. As detectives began looking more into the relationship between Hamilton and Klein, they learned that Klein had also sexually assaulted the victim. On Sept. 18, Klein was located and arrested. She was booked on multiple counts of sexual assault of a minor.

This investigation has been very complex, and detectives have located evidence that has made them believe that there are additional victims in this case that have not been identified.

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