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December 18, 2012
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Sentencing delayed in abuse case

Sentencing was delayed until Dec. 31 for a 27-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos man who admitted beating his son with a belt because he alleged the 5-year-old was stealing from school.District Judge Michael Gibbons continued sentencing for DeWayne S.A. Rey, and denied his request to be released on his own recognizance or lower his $100,000 bail.The judge delayed the sentencing because he hasn't received a psychological evaluation of the defendant or reports from state parole and probation and a Court-Appointed Special Advocate.Rey faces up to six years in prison at his sentencing Dec. 17. He is ineligible for probation unless a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation determines that he is not a high risk to re-offend.In exchange for his guilty plea to felony child abuse, the state dismissed four additional allegations of child abuse involving other children in the family, and agreed to recommend 12-36 months.He faces up to six years in prison. Rey was arrested on Aug. 29 after authorities were called to the school by a teacher who asked the little boy why he was wearing a long-sleeved shirt.An examination revealed a half-dozen welts and bruising on the child's back and chest. Rey admitted using excessive punishment, but said he was punishing the little boy for reportedly stealing from school.Prosecutor Laurie Trotter opposed bail reduction.Gibbons said without reports from CASA, state parole and probation, and the psychological evaluation, he wasn't willing to lower Rey's bail.

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