Crime

June 30, 2014

Modesto man ordered to stand trial in sex abuse case

A judge has determined there is sufficient evidence for a Modesto man to stand trial in the alleged molestation of three children over the past two decades.

A judge has determined there is sufficient evidence for a Modesto man to stand trial in the alleged molestation of three children over the past two decades.

Defendant Jeffrey Gene Anderson, 44, is charged with six felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child younger than 14 years old. Anderson remains in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail.

The defendant has been scheduled to return to court July 11 for an arraignment hearing.

The abuse is claimed to have taken place in Amador County in Ione starting in the early 1990s and continued in Stanislaus County in Ceres and Modesto.

The Modesto Police Department Special Victims Unit started investigating Anderson in May 2012, when a teen believed to have been a victim started posting information on social media alluding to her abuse.

The teenager attempted suicide and then confided in counselors at her church and a volunteer at a suicide prevention hot line that she had been molested, according to Modesto police.

At the same time, others believed to have been victims who knew the girl and learned of detectives’ involvement in her case came forward to police.

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