UPDATE, 11:21 a.m.: Press release from the Fortuna Police Department:

On Monday June 3rd, 2013 Donald Vincent Fregau Sr. (Age 90) came into the Fortuna Police Department and confessed to Officers that he touched a child in a lewd and lascivious manner. Officers conducted an investigation and on Tuesday June 4th, 2013 Donald Vincent Fregau Sr. was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the charge of:

288(a) P.C., lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14

No information will be released regarding the child victim.


Donald Fregeau Sr., a well known Eel River Valley resident and a former pastor at Hydesville Community Church, was arrested yesterday on charges of child molestation. Fregeau is 90 years old.

Fregeau was booked into jail on charges of violating Section 288(a) of the California Penal Code, which relates to lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age.

Earlier this morning, Sgt. Charles Ellebrecht of the FOPD told the Lost Coast Outpost that the investigation into the case is ongoing and the department cannot not release any information presently. More information should be available in the next few hours, Ellebrecht said.

Fregeau’s son, Donald Fregeau Jr., a Fortuna-area dentist, told the Lost Coast Outpost this morning that his father is still being held. “Donald Fregeau Sr. is currently in the jail and we have no plans to bail him out,” he said.