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Sheriff’s Office detectives arrest child sexual assault suspect



Image provided by WCSOThe Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations and Investigations Division has arrested a 39-year-old man for sexual assault of a child.

On Feb. 14, Crimes versus Children’s Detectives interviewed Gene Sherman following allegations he had sexual contact with a child under the age of 14 in Sun Valley.  The investigation stemmed from allegations that Sherman, while staying with a family friend during October and November 2012, had sexual contact with their child.

Sherman left the area and moved to Oregon where he was initially interviewed by detectives in Newport, Ore.  Sherman had just returned to Reno when he was located by detectives and interviewed regarding the allegations.  Following the interview he was placed under arrest for sexual assault against a child under the age of 14 and lewdness with a minor under 14.

Sherman is being held at the Washoe County Detention Facility without bail.

If anyone has information regarding this crime they are urged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 775-328-3320 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text a Secret Witness tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 25th person elected to serve as the sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process, traditional street patrols and Regional Animal Services.

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