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Auburn Police arrest man for sexual assault, child pornography and extortion

By: Staff Report
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A year-long investigation has resulted in the arrest of an Auburn man on charges of sexual assault and battery and sending child pornography.

On Thursday Thomas Mitchell Hale, 53, was booked into the Placer County Jail after surrendering to Auburn Police with his attorney after a warrant was issued for his arrest. The charges against Hale include extortion by force or fear, various sexual assault and sexual battery charges and sending child pornography, according to a release issued by the Auburn Police Department Friday afternoon.

Auburn Police say the arrest occurred after several victims came forward in the case.  As of Friday afternoon Hale was in custody with bail set at $150,000.