The following is a press release issued by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
In March of 2022, the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a reported sexual assault and human trafficking incident that occurred in Trinity County on a marijuana grow site.
During the investigation, evidence was found that supported the victims claims, and a suspect was identified as Gilbert Cha. The Trinity County District Attorney’s Office issued a No Bail Felony warrant for the arrest of the suspect.
On Tuesday, December 22, 2022, Trinity County Sheriff’s Office Investigators served a search warrant at a property in Trinity Pines where the crimes were believed to have occurred. The suspect was contacted and arrested without incident.
Investigators found and documented numerous building, health and safety code violations; nearly 3,000 pounds of processed marijuana was destroyed.
The investigation is active and ongoing.
Cha, Gilbert, DOB: 06/28/1956, of Sacramento, CA
261(a) PC – Rape
236.1(a) PC – Human Trafficking
236 PC – False Imprisonment
347(a) PC – Poisoning
11359 HS – Possession of Marijuana for Sale