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On Friday, February 1st, 2019, the Sonora Police Department arrested 41-year-old Michael P. Ludwig III of Sonora following an investigation stemming from a report that he attempted to commit lewd acts against a child.
On Thursday, January 24th, 2019, the Police Department received a report from a distraught Grandmother who reported that an unknown man attempted to sexually touch her 10-year-old granddaughter while in the parking lot of a grocery store on Stockton Road. Responding officers learned that the girl exited the store to retrieve something from her grandmother’s vehicle at which point she was approached by the man who made comments to her about touching her private parts and then attempted to reach for her. Fortunately, the girl was able to run away before being physically harmed, and the man fled the area.
Over the next several days, officers continued the investigation and were able to identify the suspect as Michael P. Ludwig III. On Friday, February 1st, he was located at a downtown business where he works and was subsequently taken into custody. Ludwig was booked for Felony Assault to Commit Lewd Acts Against a Child; his bail was set at $100,000.