Man turns self into police |

Man turns self into police

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A 20-year-old Reno man was arrested by South Lake Tahoe police after he allegedly told authorities he molested and sodomized a 10-year-old boy.

Hans Martin Holmgren appeared before Judge Jerald Lasarow at El Dorado County Superior Court Thursday for an arraignment hearing. His black hair was swept to his right side. Sometimes he would raise his handcuffed hands to readjust his eyeglasses.

Lasarow issued a restraining order on Holmgren for the 10-year-old boy. The judge provided a public defender for Holmgren after the defendant said he was unsure how much money he has for an attorney.

Holmgren is unemployed and said he lives with his parents.

On July 30, Holmgren, from Reno but living at South Lake Tahoe, wandered around the U.S. Forest Service building on Highway 89 on Tuesday around 2 p.m. and caused a disturbance, authorities said.

He claimed he was suffering from depression and wasn’t taking his medication.

He allegedly called police and stated, “I did something horrible,” the police report stated.

“Apparently his conscious was bothering him,” Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe said.

When police arrived, Holmgren disclosed to officers that he molested and sodomized the 10-year-old at a residence on Anita Drive, Sgt. Alex Schumacher said.

He was arrested on suspicion of one count of lewd or lascivious act with a child under the age of 14 and one count of sodomy.

Holmgren and the child were not living at the same residence but did know each other, Schumacher said.

Holmgren is being held at El Dorado County jail at $30,000 bail. He will appear in court on Aug. 15 at 8 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

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