Roseville Teen Arrested for Alleged Sexual Threats Against Minors

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ROSEVILLE --

Neighbors are shocked after hearing about the arrest of a teenager next door.

Colin Downs is behind bars at the Placer County Jail for suspicion of making criminal threats, distributing pornographic material to minors, communicating with minors with the intent of committing a sex crime and possession of an illegal weapon.

The Roseville Police Department arrested the 18-year-old Friday morning just days after his father said he checked into an area hospital to treat mental health issues.  His father, who wished to remain anonymous, said Downs told him he was having thoughts about harming himself and needed to get help.

While at the hospital, he expressed plans to sexually assault and commit other violent crimes against local boys.  Authorities were given this information and served a search warrant at his home on Celestial Court. That's where they found evidence of him sending sexual text messages, distributing lewd materials to local minor and an illegal billy club.

Downs' dad was shocked by the arrest. He said his son was going to start classes at Sierra College in the fall, and they were planning on buying books for school on Friday before he was taken to jail.

Dolly Casper lives down the street from the Downs' and has two young sons, and the news ​surprised her.

"You have no idea whether or not the people you live next to will be dangers to your children​,” said Casper.

According to a press release from the Roseville Police Department detectives have not found evidence that any violent acts against children have been committed.

Downs refused a request for an interview by Fox40. He's being held on a $750,000 bail at the Placer County Jail. His father says he plans on keeping him here for at least a few more days for his own safety.

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