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Sheriff: Palermo man arrested for unlawful sexual contact with minor for second time

An investigation that began in September 2019 has led to an arrest of a Palermo man, the Butte County Sheriff's Office announced Monday, March 30.

Posted: Mar 30, 2020 11:25 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – The Butte County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of a Palermo man for unlawful sexual contact with a minor, an investigation that began in September 2019.

23-year-old Jagvir Singh of Palermo was arrested on October 8, 2019, in Sacramento by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. After the arrest, Singh admitted to deputies of traveling to Chico to meet with a minor victim and having unlawful sex with the victim, according to deputies.

Singh was arrested for three felony counts of unlawful sex with a minor, and an additional three felony counts of contacting a minor with the intent to have unlawful sexual intercourse, deputies said.

However, authorities said Singh later posted bail and was released from jail. During the court proceedings, a Butte County Superior Judge issued an order preventing him from contacting the minor victim.

Detectives said they received information on March 25, 2020, that Singh had contacted the previous minor victim and was with that person at an unknown location. Authorities obtained an arrest warrant for him and located the victim and Singh in the Paradise area on March 25.

Detectives said it was determined that Singh had taken the victim to a local motel and had unlawful sexual contact with the victim. At the time of his arrest, Singh was in possession of $19,000 and stolen identification cards. Evidence indicated that Singh was planning on leaving California with the victim, according to authorities.

Further investigation revealed that Singh had moved to the Palermo area and was living at a home in the 7000 block of Lincoln Blvd. for several months. A search warrant was obtained and detectives located additional evidence at the home, on March 27, according to deputies.

A Butte County Superior Court Judge reviewed a declaration documenting Singh’s March 26 arrest and set Singh’s bail status as no bail until Singh attends further court proceedings.

Deputies said this investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Brian Parsons at 530-538-7671.

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