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Father denies daughter’s allegations of sexual abuse

Andy Bourelle

The man accused of sexually abusing his daughter more than four years ago testified yesterday in Douglas County District Court that he never touched her in a sexual way.

After the testimony of Carlos Quevedo, 29, the presentation of evidence was concluded. Closing statements by the prosecution and defense are scheduled for Monday morning. District Judge Dave Gamble told jurors they should be in deliberation by noon Monday.

Quevedo is on trial again on seven felony counts of sexual assault of a minor. He was convicted after a jury trial in February 1994 and sentenced to seven life terms in prison.

The Nevada Supreme Court overturned the convictions in January on a 3-2 vote. The justices said Judge Norm Robison, who has since retired from the bench, erred by not holding a hearing on the trustworthiness of hearsay statements given by the alleged victim to two witnesses.

Quevedo testified that his daughter, 12 now and 7 at the time of the alleged crime, lied about the abuse.

Court records say the alleged abuse occurred between October 1992 and July 1993. The victim reported the incidents to her 3rd grade teacher at Jacks Valley Elementary School.

When the alleged victim didn’t come home from school, her mother, Quevedo’s wife, went to school to pick her up, where her daughter was being interviewed by investigators. The mother and daughter went to the Sheriff’s Office and filled out a warrant for Quevedo’s arrest.

Quevedo testified that when he was arrested he was surprised by the allegations.

“I was confused,” Quevedo said. “I didn’t know why she was saying that.”

Quevedo testified his daughter had been upset with him because the family wasn’t going to be able to go to Disneyland, after he had said they could. Also, Quevedo had told his daughter she was no longer allowed to play with one of her friends.

The friend accompanied Quevedo’s daughter when she told her teacher about the alleged abuse.

After being arrested, Quevedo spoke with his wife and daughter over the phone. Defense attorney Pat Gilbert asked Quevedo what he told his daughter when he talked to her.

“I told her not to lie,” Quevedo said. “I told her to tell the truth.”

Gilbert asked Quevedo what he thought of his daughter now.

“I love her and I miss her,” Quevedo said.

The girl testified in court on Thursday, saying that Quevedo had abused her several times and had told her not to tell her mother, including during the phone call after the arrest.

“My dad touched me in places he shouldn’t have,” said the girl, who cried through much of her testimony.

The girl lived with her family in Indian Hills at the time of the alleged abuse. She hasn’t seen her father since he was sentenced to prison in March 1994. Her mother remarried and left Douglas County with her children.

The girl testified about several incidents of abuse. She said her father told her not to tell her mother, even calling the child after his arrest.

“He told me to tell everybody that what I said wasn’t true because he didn’t want to lose my mom, me and my brother and sister,” she said.

The child said she and her mother don’t discuss the incident.

“We both really don’t like talking about it,” she said.

Prosecuting attorney Kristine Brown played an audio tape of Quevedo’s interrogation after his arrest. In the tape, Quevedo denies his daughter’s allegations.

Quevedo testified yesterday he initiated the interrogation, by asking to speak with investigators because he was confused about what had happened. He testified yesterday that before turning on the tape recorder, former Douglas County Sheriff’s investigator Paul Pabon “told me he was going to do everything in his power to convict me.”

Brown asked Quevedo if Pabon was going to do everything in his power to convict him, why wouldn’t Pabon leave the tape recorder off and say Quevedo admitted to the crime.

Quevedo said he didn’t know.

“He (Quevedo) showed no emotion at all when he was arrested,” Pabon testified Thursday. “If those same allegations were imposed against me, I would be very upset. I would show some emotions.”

Gilbert asked Pabon if it was fair to say his heart went out to the young victim.

“My heart still goes out to her,” said Pabon, now an investigator with the Nevada Division of Investigation.

“I got the impression this was happening to her long before her memory,” he said. “This had been going on for some time.”

Quevedo is free on $50,000 bail.

Editor’s note: R-C staff writer Sheila Gardner contributed to this story.