Friday, August 10, 2007


1:21 p.m. July 17, 2007
POWAY – A man sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy near a middle school Monday after luring him to a hillside encampment with alcohol, sheriff's officials said.

Deputies arrested Jesus Mora Nava, 30, in the area later that night and booked him into jail on suspicion of several child molestation charges. His bail was set at $235,000.

He is also being detained on federal immigration violations.

Sheriff's investigators say Nava approached the boy near Meadowbrook Middle School Monday afternoon and led him to a nearby hillside, where it appeared Nava had been camping out.

They said Nava gave the boy alcohol before sexually assaulting him.

Sheriff's deputies were alerted at 3 p.m. shortly after the attack and interviewed the boy at the school and later at a hospital.

Deputies searched for the man, but found the camp empty.

Later that night, a sheriff's helicopter used a infrared camera to detect a heat source in the area.

Nava was arrested after a short chase. Investigators say he was identified based on the victim's statement and help from local businesses.

Kristina Davis: (760) 476-8233;