A former pornography producer molested a teen girl with increasing sexual contact for three years beginning when she was 13, according to witness testimony Thursday.

After a preliminary hearing, Sutter County Superior Court Judge H. Ted Hansen ruled there was sufficient evidence to pursue five felony charges against Donny Pauling Jr. for sexual contact and unlawful sex with a minor.

The initial complaint charged two counts. Additional counts added by Hansen covered two time periods, including actions alleged to have occurred in Redding before Pauling moved to Yuba City in 2012. Shasta County gave jurisdiction to Sutter County for prosecution.

Pauling, 41, was also charged in a new case on Wednesday for allegedly engaging in unlawful sex with another minor on four occasions. Those charges were filed as a new case and testimony has not yet been heard.

According to Sutter County sheriff's Detective Robert C. Brokenbrough, Pauling first made inappropriate comments to the first victim about her lips and bottom. The comments turned into sexual acts, and Pauling first had sex with the girl in the summer of 2014. She said he used a condom until he had a vasectomy.

Brokenbrough interviewed the teen girl three times, between Nov. 30 and Jan. 28.

The girl told him that Pauling bought her lingerie — which detectives discovered in his bedroom — and photographed her in erotic and sexualized poses. She said Pauling uploaded the photos to Reddit.com

Deputy District Attorney Anu Chopra submitted 10 photos of the girl into evidence. Some of the photos included the girl posing topless, exposing her bottom, and some included other minors.

The girl told detectives she felt that if she slept with him, that he would buy her things or let her go on trips.

Once, when taking a shower, she found a recording device in the vent, she said. She told the detective that when she asked Pauling about it, he said he wanted to know what her body looked like. She said they threw the device in the river.

The alleged victim disclosed Pauling's actions to her friend and mother Thanksgiving week.

The day her parents took her to the sheriff's office to disclose the molest, Pauling reportedly attempted to contact the girl on her phone and on Facebook.

She told detectives Pauling had told her that if she ever told officers about the relationship, she should tell him first so he could kill himself.

She also said Pauling told her he wasn't like other child molesters because he loved her.

Brokenbrough briefly testified about evidence from other witnesses. He said a mother of a friend of the girl's once saw a photo of the girl's crotch on Pauling's phone. And the girl's ex-boyfriend disclosed that Pauling told him that Pauling had seen the girl's vagina and urged the boy to date her.

Defense attorney Roberto Marquez raised issues with discrepancies in the timeframe of the alleged sexual contact and argued it was not known if the alleged first touch occurred when the girl was 13 or 14.

He also said Deputy Philip T. Lindbald made inaccurate statements when he testified. And those statements did not match his written report.

Pauling is being held in Colusa County Jail. Bail is set at $500,000 in the case heard Thursday. He is being held on no bail for the second case. Hansen said that legally he could not set bail because no one has communicated with the alleged victim about Pauling's potential release, which is required by Marsy's Law.

Pauling is scheduled to return to court Feb. 13 in both cases.

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

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