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* Jonathan Douglas Hill Charged With Sex Crimes Against Children Delays Entering Plea

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Two additional misdemeanor charges were filed in Marin County Superior Court this morning against a Novato man suspected of making sexual advances toward underage girls earlier this month. Jonathan Douglas Hill, 30, now faces four felony and eight misdemeanor counts including annoying or molesting a child under 18, indecent exposure, immoral acts in the presence of a child, contacting a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense and using a minor to perform prohibited acts. Chief Deputy District Attorney Kathryn Mitchell said two offenses occurred in Marinwood on March 17 and this past Saturday, and one happened in the Kentfield area on March 9. She said they involved four girls between the ages of 9 and 11.
Hill did not enter a plea at his arraignment this morning. He is scheduled to return to court on March 30. There was an outburst in court this morning when a man shouted something to Hill about protecting children, Mitchell said. Hill’s attorney, Douglas Horngrad, said this morning he is still reviewing police reports and could not comment on the case. He said Hill does not have a prior criminal record. Hill was arrested at about 8:15 p.m. Saturday at Lucas Valley Road and Mt. Lassen Drive in Marinwood, Marin County sheriff’s Sgt. Debra Barry said. He was located by deputies responding to a report that a man had made a sexual comment to a 10-year-old girl and had exposed himself to her near the Dixie School in Marinwood, Barry said. The girl said the man was in an older, white SUV. The deputies spotted a white 1991 GMC Jimmy leaving the area, Barry said. They stopped the SUV and detained Hill, and the 10-year-old Marinwood girl identified him as the suspect, Barry said. Hill was in possession of a cell phone containing pornographic images of children, and deputies found a large amount of child porn at his Novato home, Barry said. At the home, deputies also found a backpack containing duct tape, flexible restraints, a plastic tarp, protective shoe covers, latex gloves, lubricant, condoms, a shotgun and ammunition, Barry said. Hill’s SUV had fishing stickers on the back and matched the description of a vehicle involved in an incident near Kent Middle School in Kentfield on March 9. In that incident, a vehicle slowly followed two girls, ages 10 and 11, as they walked to school. The driver said “hello” and patted the passenger seat as if to invite them into the car, Barry said.The girls said the driver was a white man, 25-30 years old with a thin build and a buzz-style haircut. He was wearing a hunter’s-style jacket and sunglasses, Barry said. Sheriff’s deputies found a camouflage jacket in Hill’s GMC Jimmy that matched the description of a jacket worn by the suspect in the Kentfield incident, Barry said. Barry said Hill also may be connected to a Petaluma case as well.   The FBI is investigating the possible transmission of child pornography over the Internet, Barry said. Hill is being held in Marin County jail on $1 million bail.

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