Grass Valley Public Access Host Arrested on Child Molestation Charges

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GRASS VALLEY -- Just Monday, he was reading headlines to his public access audience on Grass Valley TV, but now Randy Jay Hansen is making headlines -- the kind that come along with handcuffs and a jail cell -- as he stands accused of molesting a young girl for more than a year.

"It just strikes me that you never know people, that you never know what goes on in their heads," said Dean Ryan.

Nevada County sheriff's detectives say that back in 2013 the amateur broadcaster brought a male friend and that friend's then 8-year-old daughter into his home on Greenhorn Road, trying to help the family through a rough time.

According to deputies, while the three lived together, Hansen repeatedly committed lewd acts on the girl -- behavior which culminated in a child welfare agency making a report to their department in November 2014.

That report came after she and her father had moved out.

Jackie Herrington's whole life has been dedicated to children.

"I've worked with children in domestic violence and sexual assault and special ed," she said.

Hearing what detectives say happened in this case, she shook her head.

"I just have a really hard time with anyone who hurts a child," said Herrington.

As their investigation advanced, detectives say they seized computers, cell phones and other electronics from Hansen's home in May of last year --  sending them per regular procedure to the FBI's high-tech task force in Sacramento for review.

With the girl no longer in immediate danger, those results came back to sheriff's deputies late this summer leading to Hansen's arrest Monday.

Those answering the phone at Hansen's listed address Tuesday declined comment.

At least one Facebook chat about the situation featured a Hansen defender, but out on Main Street, where the 65-year-old used to run a thrift business and has tried to attract viewers, there's outrage.

"When you start on children like that it's.... I don't understand," said Ryan.

Hansen is behind bars in lieu of $200,000 bail.

He faced arrest for felony possession of child pornography in 2005 and misdemeanor annoying or molesting a child in 2006.

He was not convicted on either count.