Eight counts for Tahoe man in sex abuse case
A judge entered a not guilty plea Tuesday for a South Lake Tahoe man charged with eight felony counts of sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl.
The defendant is Charles Segroves, a 39-year-old former assistant seventh-grade boys basketball coach at South Tahoe Middle School.
The continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14 is the most serious felony count that Segroves is facing. It carries a maximum penalty of 16 years in prison, a $10,000 fine and an order to register as a sex offender.
“If you’re convicted of these counts you’re looking at a long time, possibly, in prison,” Judge Jerry Lasarow said to Segroves at his arraignment in El Dorado County Superior Court.
Deputy District Attorney Peter O’Hara said the defendant could be sentenced to more than 40 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
Segroves’ car was stopped by police at Park Avenue and Stateline Saturday night after he finished a shift as a floor employee at Harveys Resort & Casino.
“We located in his car photographic evidence of sexual assaults,” said South Lake Tahoe Police Sgt. Steve O’ Brien.
A friend of Segroves told police about the explicit photographs Saturday afternoon.
During the arraignment, Lasarow ordered Segroves not to write, call or contact the girl he allegedly assaulted.
In a weak voice Segroves asked Lasarow if his public defender will have the power to evaluate him psychiatrically. Lasarow said that would be something his lawyer would be able to set up for him if it’s necessary.
O’Hara indicated at the arraignment that the district attorney’s office is still investigating the case and that charges against another person may be filed.
“We heard someone has contacted the victim,” O’Hara said. “We don’t want her harassed anymore.”
James Cullen, a 43-year-old South Lake Tahoe resident who played recreational basketball with Segroves, said the charges are hard to believe.
“We all knew him from basketball. I’m shocked,” he said. “If anything, it made no sense to me.”
Segroves’ bail was set at $500,000 and his preliminary hearing is scheduled July 27 at 8 a.m. in El Dorado Superior Court.
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