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Sex videos, photos presented in preliminary hearing

A prosecutor presented nine video tapes and 86 Polaroids depicting sex acts and images as evidence that a South Shore man sexually abused a young girl over a period of years.

The evidence was presented to an El Dorado County Superior Court judge Tuesday morning during the preliminary hearing of Charles Segroves. The 39-year-old is charged with nine felony counts of sexual assault.

Testimony revealed that the girl was 11 or 12 years old when the alleged assaults began.

If Segroves is found guilty he could be sentenced to more than 22 years in prison.

“The D. A. ‘s office overcharges,” said defense attorney Oliver Saunders. “Much of it is not true. We will prove that at trial. There is a defense to this case. This is a case where two people thought they were in love. Keep in mind, she constantly told him that she loved him.”

Tabitha Segroves, a 21-year-old daughter of Charles, was in court watching the proceedings.

“I love my father,” she said. “He’s always been a good, protective father.”

South Lake Tahoe Police Detective Martin Hale testified that a list describing the sexual acts Segroves demanded from the young girl he is accused of sexually abusing was found in his car.

“If she was to do them, she was to receive privileges, money or clothing,” Hale said.

The videotapes presented by Deputy District Attorney Peter O’ Hara were first discovered by Segroves’ girlfriend. Once she played the tape she notified the girl’s family and other friends of its contents. They then told police about the sex tape.

Two detectives stopped Segroves’ car near Stateline the night of July 8 after he finished his shift as a floor employee at Harvey’s Resort Hotel/Casino. Investigators reported that Segroves allowed them to search his car, which is where detectives allegedly found the Polaroids and sex list.

At the conclusion of the hearing, visiting Judge Richard A. Haugner ruled that there was probable cause to hold Segroves for trial and scheduled his arraignment for Oct. 2.

After the hearing, O’ Hara said that he may file additional charges against Segroves considering the numerous times that the alleged assaults occurred.

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