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Novato Man Arrested on Suspicion of Molesting Step-Granddaughter

Retired Bahia man detained after 7-year-old girl talked to police in Southern California.

A 62-year-old Novato man was arrested by Tuesday morning as a suspect in a molestation case involving his step-granddaughter, police said.

Bail was set at $1 million for Gary Albert Toti, who is retired and lives on Baruna Court in Bahia, according to Novato police. He was booked into Marin County Jail at 11:28 a.m. and faces five felony charges ranging from sexual intercourse with a child under 10 years old, penetration with a foreign object and lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under 14.

On March 17, a 7-year-old girl living in Fontana, near Riverside, told authorities that she had been molested on multiple occasions by Toti during visits to Novato between 2008 and 2010, Novato police Sgt. Keith Heiden wrote in a release. Fontana police investigated the case and then forwarded it to Novato PD on April 20.

After obtaining warrants for the arrest and search of Toti’s property, Novato police went out to Toti's Bahia home Tuesday. Lt. John McCarthy said there was one officer in uniform and about five others in plain clothes on the call. Toti was detained and arrested without incident and evidence was seized inside his house, McCarthy said.

“We had no information that this person would be violent or resist arrest, but have to plan accordingly,” he said.

McCarthy said felony sexual molestation cases are rare in Novato. "We don't have them in the volume of other cities (of similar size)," he said.

The investigation is ongoing, McCarthy added. Detectives are asking that anyone who might have been victimized by Toti or had knowledge of similar acts call Novato police at 898-7034.

Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr April 28, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Good work, good job. Getting all of the criminals locked away is the only way to return to feeling safe in Novato. The police chief runs the department. They are only as good as their leader. We need a police chief who will enforce the law, all the laws, without picking and choosing. Forgive me for saying so, but I see Kreins as soft on crime, especially soft on illegal alien crime. This chief takes direction from the city council. If we are ever to feel safe again, we need YOU to run for the council seats open in November. We need a Rule of Law Resolution, a commitment to law enforcement. And we need an E-Verify, Legal Employment and Contracting Ordinance, so that we are not inviting criminals to live and "work" here. Tell your neighbors, raise a stink, read Patch daily. Is it just a coincidence that K-R-E-I-N-S rhymes with C-R-I-M-E-S?
Greta Garbolini August 07, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I beg your pardon, Jerome but WTF ever happened to presumed innocent until PROVEN guilty? You moron.
Greta Garbolini August 07, 2012 at 05:01 PM
STFU Jerome
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr August 08, 2012 at 06:37 PM
@Greta. Thank you for reading my commernts and Pacth. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to read Patch daily.
darlene toti September 03, 2012 at 07:10 AM
Well he is my husband and I can tell you that this never happen. My granddaughter has turned something innocent into something that she wants to call having sex. I love my family and now have lost them because they didn't think to just call and hear the truth. She walked in on him while he was on the toliet and she stands there laughing and not leaving. He's a decent and molest man and had his penis in the toliet as men do when on the toliet and his hand over it. He didn't want to get up other wise he would have explosed himself. How many times have kids walk in when your on the toliet? happens all the time. In this case she opened our bedroom door and than our biflold doors, we can't put a lock on it, didn't think we needed to. He is a good, decent man and loves his grandkids. This is so misjustice!
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr September 03, 2012 at 12:54 PM
There is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty. My comments were of a general nature. I never condemned the accused in this particular instance. I look forward to a thorough trial. Circumstances which you assert warrant a trial and not a plea bargain, in order to vindicate the innocent. All of my assertions were that crime was not thoroughly investigated and prosecuted in Novato and in Marin. I alluded to many aspects of law enforcement that were not even implied in the crime report. My opening comments were that a thorough investigation had been made in this instance. Please follow this column with trial date information so that interested parties can attend.
realfact January 14, 2013 at 07:25 PM
The real victim is your husband. The molester is the misbehaved child her parents are responsible for raising.

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