Additional alleged victims have been identified in the criminal investigation of anti-pornography activist Donny Pauling Jr., according to statements made in court.

Pauling, 41, appeared in Sutter County Superior Court on Wednesday with a new private attorney, Roberto Marquez.

During the hearing, Deputy District Attorney Anu Chopra said she would be filing new charges.

Pauling is currently charged for crimes against a single victim — felony unlawful sex, lewd acts with a child under 14, and oral copulation with a child under 14 — for an alleged ongoing sexual relationship with a teen girl. He was arrested Dec. 1.

He has pleaded not guilty.

On Dec. 16, Sutter sheriff's Capt. Lewis McElfresh was arrested on charges stemming from allegations he watched Pauling have sex with another girl, a minor.

Pauling has not yet been charged for those allegations relating to a second alleged victim.

Chopra said there are additional victims.

Pauling is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, when Marquez will argue to have bail reduced from $500,000.

Judge Susan E. Green scheduled the hearing and said Pauling's bail may be lowered, remain the same, or it may increase depending on what new information is presented.

Pauling remains in custody at the Colusa County Jail. He was moved from the Sutter County Jail after the allegations were made that he had sex with a sheriff's employee's relative, a minor.

CONTACT reporter Monica Vaughan at 749-4783 and on Twitter @ADCrimeBeat.

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