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Football star faces 5 felonies

Case involves extortion, exotic dancers, alleged prostitution
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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A man arraigned this week on multiple felonies in connection with extortion and exotic dancers is a former Del Oro High School and Sierra College star football player. Chad Richard Mowry, 26, of Rocklin, was arrested July 29 on charges of extortion by force or fear, attempted extortion, burglary, grand theft, impersonation of a peace officer and conspiracy. According to the Auburn Police Department, Mowry was attempting to extort an Auburn resident who allegedly hired exotic dancers to perform sexual acts. Sgt. Dave Lawicka of the Auburn Police Department said investigators don’t know what Mowry’s relationship was with the victim before the alleged crime took place or where Mowry was working at the time. “Somehow he had knowledge of what our victim was engaged in,” Lawicka said Wednesday. Before the victim contacted the police department July 22, Auburn police officers were not investigating Mowry, Lawicka said. Lawicka said although the department believes others were involved in the alleged crime, no other arrests have been made. Lawicka said he could not comment on how Mowry was contacting the victim, because the case is still under investigation. Although exotic dancing was involved, investigators don’t know if illegal activities happened in the victim’s home, according to Lawicka. “The exotic dancing part is not illegal, and we don’t know at this time if prostitution actually took place,” Lawicka said Wednesday. “That is what we are still investigating.” Mowry allegedly told the victim he knew about the sexual acts being performed by exotic dancers and as a law enforcement officer he could make the criminal charges go away if the victim paid him money, Lawicka said. Lawicka said he could not release the alleged extortion amount or the name of the victim at this time. According to Jeff Tisdel, head football coach for Sierra College, Mowry was a starting middle linebacker in 2003 and 2004. He was a Del Oro High School graduate, where he also played football. Tisdel said Mowry was an outstanding player and a “catalyst” for the team’s defense. “The two years he played we were 22-0,” Tisdel said Wednesday. “We didn’t lose a game. Chad was a real leader on the field … and he was a good kid in our program.” Tisdel said he wasn’t sure how to react to the charges against Mowry. “It just kind of caught me off guard is all I can say,” he said Wednesday. Mowry had great relationships with his teammates, Tisdel said. “He hung out with them,” he said. “He had a lot of friends on the team. He was a good, normal kid, very loyal to the program, worked hard.” In a 2004 Journal sports report, Tisdel commented on Mowry and his brother, Kyle, leaving the football program. “Chad and Kyle have been a tremendous package,” Tisdel said of the two Del Oro graduates in 2004. “They've done a lot for the program in two years - they haven't lost a game. They'll be sorely missed.” Calls to Del Oro High School’s football department were not returned as of press time Wednesday. Timothy Balcom, Mowry’s attorney, said Mowry was arraigned Monday on charges of burglary, extortion, attempted extortion, attempted grand theft and impersonating a police officer, all felonies. Mowry pleaded not guilty to all charges, Balcom said. Balcom said Mowry bailed out of Placer County Jail Tuesday on a $25,000 bail. Balcom said he couldn’t comment further because he hadn’t seen the police report as of Wednesday. “The charges are serious, but I don’t have any information at all,” he said. Mowry is scheduled for an early status conference at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Auburn’s Placer County Jail courtroom. Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com