Judge denies motion to dismiss sex-with-minor case
August 22, 2009
El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Steven Bailey denied a motion to dismiss a case against a Tahoma man accused of trying to arrange sex with a minor last year.
William Clarence Vince, 62, was arrested by El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies at his home on July 17, 2008, after an employee from an adult entertainment company posed as a 16-year-old boy during a phone call with Vince, who had allegedly requested a “little boy” from the company.
Prosecutors allege Vince arranged to meet up for sex with what he thought was the 16-year-old.
During a hearing on Friday afternoon, Vince’s attorney, Maria Fonseca, argued the case should be dismissed because testimony given during the preliminary hearing indicates there was never a juvenile involved and there was nothing to indicate that Vince thought he was talking to a minor.
Without more evidence, the case should be dismissed Fonseca argued.
But Bailey contended there is enough evidence for the case against Vince to move ahead.
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“It seems to court in reviewing the preliminary hearing transcript that the defendant attempted to arrange contact with a boy, a little boy,” Bailey said.
The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 10.