Robert Cole arrested for alleged child rape

Bail set at $3 million
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
-A +A

Robert Eugene Cole, 41, of Grass Valley was arrested Friday for allegedly raping a child under the age of 10 in Lincoln.

Cole was arrested by Lincoln Police Department officers and booked at the Placer County Jail in Auburn. His bail was set at $3 million.

Cole was specifically charged with Penal Code violations 288.7 (a) engaging in sexual intercourse or sodomy with a child under the age of 10 and 288.7 (b) engaging in oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child under the age of 10.

If convicted of both crimes, Cole could spend 40 years to life in prison.

Lincoln Police Chief Doug Lee said Cole was arrested after investigators conducted a thorough interview with the victim, which was the same day that his department was notified of the allegations

“Due to the seriousness of the allegations, we opted to arrest him that day, rather than submitting the case to the District Attorney’s office and requesting an arrest warrant,” Lee said. “He did live in Lincoln at one time but was currently living in Grass Valley, where detectives arrested him that evening.”

Lee said investigators have received information that Cole formerly coached volleyball in the Lincoln area but have yet to confirm that connection to the community.

“A number of our Facebook followers have made comments to that effect,” Lee said. “As our investigation moves forward, we will seek to determine his history, especially as it relates to activities that would put him in frequent contact with juveniles.”

Scott Leaman, the Western Placer Unified School District superintendent, said Wednesday that Cole has never coached at Lincoln High School.

In cases like this, Lee said, there are often multiple victims.

“We ask that anyone with additional information related to Mr. Cole, please contact the Lincoln Police Department at 916-645-4040,” Lee said.