PLACER COUNTY (CBS13) — A scientist with the Department of Fish and Wildlife has been arrested on child sex charges.
Placer County Sheriff's deputies say Tim Nosal tried arranging a meeting with a 13-year-old girl for sex.
Outside his Fair Oaks home, visiting family members were apparently unaware of his arrest.
They left as quickly as they came.
Nosal is a family man; neighbors say he's married with kids. The 48-year-old works as an environmental scientist with the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
On his lunch break on Tuesday, deputies say he drove from his state job in Rancho Cordova to an Auburn park where he thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl for sex.
When he arrived, there was no girl, just detectives who said he'd been talking to the sheriff's department the entire time.
Detectives say they responded to an online ad Nosal posted, and talked to him for several weeks posing as that 13-year-old girl.
"This is a really nice quiet neighborhood; we've been here over 10 years," said neighbor Elena Hudson. "I'm really shocked -- it's really disappointing. It's really scary, actually."
The Department of Fish and Wildlife confirm he's an employee, but wouldn't comment any further.
Nosal was taken to Placer County Jail on charges carrying $100,000 bail.
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