Suspected sex offender moved to Tahoe jail; trial to continue |

Suspected sex offender moved to Tahoe jail; trial to continue

by Gregory Crofton, Tribune staff writer

A man charged with 48 felony counts of sexual abuse has been moved from a jail in Placerville to the one at South Lake Tahoe.

Curtis Lee Kollars, a 53-year-old from Pollock Pines, Calif., is accused of having sex with two boys, both of whom were under the age of 14. Kollars pleaded not guilty to all charges in July.

If convicted he could face more than 20 years to life in prison.

The case was transferred to South Shore after El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Eddie T. Keller recused himself.

“He’s handled related matters and felt he had a conflict,” said Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Nelson.

Presiding Judge Suzanne Kingsbury is now scheduled to hear the case.

Kollars has been in jail before. In 1993, he spent one day in jail after he was convicted of willful injury to a child. In 1997, he served 60 days for sending harmful matter with the intent of seduction of a minor.

“This is an investigation that has been around since 1996,” said Kollars’ court-appointed lawyer, Steven Bailey. “He was prosecuted in 1996 for the same set of charges. They didn’t have the evidence so he ended up pleading to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. That’ll be an issue before trial. The judge will decide whether it’s double jeopardy.”

Prosecutors allege that the crimes occurred at Kollars’ residence, Gold Beach Mobile Home Park. During Kollars’ preliminary hearing July 6, investigators testified the sexual abuse occurred during the years one boy was 9 to 11 years of age, and when the other boy was 5 to 8 years old. Today the boys are 15 and 10.

Kollars allegedly told the boys that if they told, he would shoot them with a shot gun, investigators testified.

“I think the plea of not guilty speaks for itself,” Bailey said. “That’s all I have to say about it. The rest will depend on the presentation of evidence, not how lawyers pontificate.”

Kollars’ bail was set at $300,000. He appeared in El Dorado Superior Court Aug. 11 for a bail review hearing. He has another bail review hearing Friday. His trial is expected to last 12 days, and is scheduled for Jan. 9.

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