A 43-year-old Simi Valley man has been charged with molesting a 12-year-old girl, and investigators said they believe there could be more victims.

Donald Alan Tuthill, who was arrested Friday, was still in jail today on $1 million bail, sheriff's records show.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department said he inappropriately touched the girl while she was spending the night at Tuthill's house. It happened Dec. 7, according to court records.

Detective Greg Tougas said he did not want to say publicly how Tuthill knew the girl, who is not a family member.

Court records show Tuthill pleaded not guilty to three counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts on a child under age 14, a felony that carries up to eight years in prison.

Detectives said their investigation led to concern Tuthill might have abused other kids.

"Investigators believe that Tuthill has volunteered with community groups that may have provided an avenue to access children," sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Miller wrote in a press release.

Tougas said he did not want to specify the groups to which Tuthill was connected.

Detectives asked anyone with information to call the East County Sexual Assault Unit at 805-494-8201. People also can call in anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).


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