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Friday, March 21, 2008

[CA] Transcript details domestic violence, rapes attributed to Sgt. Rodrigues

I'm all for detail, and don't object to the paper printing the details but choose to not put them here on this blog. If you need to see them you'll have follow the link. The point for me is that the transcript fight is over and it's public now.

Transcript shows detailed allegations of rape against former deputy
Hollister Free Lance, CA
By Curtis Cartier
Mar 19, 2008
Editor's note: This story contains some explicit testimony from suspected rape victims.
[EXCERPTS] The transcript of testimony was released Wednesday of three suspected victims and four other witnesses in front of the grand jury that in December 2007 indicted former sheriff's deputy Mike Rodrigues of three counts of forcible rape, two counts of unlawful sexual penetration and one count each of spousal rape, attempted rape and domestic violence. The transcript had been kept sealed by San Benito County Superior Court Judge Harry Tobias for three months while prosecutors and the defense both had argued - for different reasons - to keep it secret. Rodrigues pleaded not guilty to the charges at an arraignment hearing March 7, and the judge set a pre-trial conference for April 16... The suspected victims described, in often brutal detail, allegations that Rodrigues used manipulation, humiliation and violence to force them to perform sexual acts against their will in a time frame stretching from 2000 to 2007... [Full article here]

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