Molestation trial could see additional delay
Attorneys for a man facing a life sentence for child molestation are alleging prosecutorial misconduct in his indictment.
Juan G. Ramirez-Vargas, 46, is denying charges of sexual assault and lewdness with a child under the age of 14.
Defense attorney Matthew Ence said he and co-counsel Maria Pence are seeking a delay of Ramirez-Vargas’ Jan. 14 trial date in order to call expert witnesses.
Ence sought a February date, but District Judge Tod Young said the earliest the case could be heard was March 4.
“I have a trial nearly every week next year,” Young said.
Defense attorneys are seeking to have Ramirez-Vargas’ case dismissed because they say the prosecutor failed to provide the grand jury with information that might show that he wasn’t guilty.
Ence and Young agreed that motion was not yet ripe for a hearing, as no reply has been filed by prosecutor Ric Casper yet.
Ramirez-Vargas was one of four indictments issued by the Douglas County Grand Jury.
The trial of a homeless man in connection to a stabbing murder in Stateline has been delayed several times.
Jose Rodriguez-Quezada is accused of stabbing a Reno man 30 times in a Stateline hotel room.
A trial in the case has been set for June 12, 2019.
A Los Angeles woman, Umi Hongo, 25, is facing trial on charges she helped a man videotape the rape of a 3-year-old girl. Her accomplice admitted the charges in September. Ciro Camacho III, 35, received three consecutive life sentences after he admitted to recording the sexual assault on his cell phone.
A Gardnerville man already serving time in prison was given two more sentences for selling heroin.
Joshua Edwards, 33, is serving an 18-48-month sentence for trafficking in a controlled substance.
Edwards’ is the first conviction related to a sweep that saw the arrest of eight people on drug related charges.
Edwards was sentenced Tuesday to concurrent 19-48-month sentences for sale of a controlled substance.
He was arrested March 14 and has been facing multiple charges related to drug sales.
He told Young he started using prescription drugs when he was 16 or 17 and then graduated to heroin when those became too difficult to obtain.
“If you go before any judge, it’s unlikely you will ever see the light of day if you continue to peddle this poison,” Young said.
A squatter who was arrested in an empty house in July was sentenced to a year in jail for gross misdemeanor unlawful occupation.
Solomon Rose, 21, had 330 days of his sentence suspended and was ordered to pay $2,123 in restitution.
Rose and two women were found inside a vacant Long Valley Road home on July 5 after an altercation drew official notice.