The Reporter (Vacaville)

Court date to be reset for man charged with child sex crimes

- By Richard Bammer rbammer@thereporte­ Contact reporter Richard Bammer at (707) 453-8164.

A July 7 jury trial has been vacated, according to court records, for a Fairfield man charged with multiple counts of child sex assaults and he will instead face a new trial setting in August.

Felipe Jesus Rios-Angulo, 32, was scheduled to appear Thursday in Department 9 of Solano County Superior Court for a trial management conference and at 9 a.m. Wednesday for the trial.

But Judge Carlos R. Gutierrez vacated those proceeding­s, court records show, and Rios-Angulo, a Mexican national, will return at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 6 for a readiness conference and a new trial setting in the Justice Center in Fairfield, proceeding­s that will come more than three years after the District Attorney’s Office filed its complaint.

Rios-Angulo, whose date with a jury has been delayed and previously reschedule­d over the past year, in part because of the pandemic, is accused of continued sexual abuse of a child under 14 and six counts of lewd acts with a child 14 or 15 years old, among other charges. He is represente­d by Fairfield criminal defense attorney Vincent Maher.

Rios-Angulo’s latest court date follows an early January 2019 arraignmen­t on the charges following a December 2018 preliminar­y hearing.

During the arraignmen­t, Maher noted that his client had been arrested in Sacramento by U.S. Immigratio­n and Customs Enforcemen­t, aka ICE, the federal agency that enforces immigratio­n laws and investigat­es criminal and terrorist activity of foreign nationals living in the United States. Rios-Angulo posted a $160,000 bond and was released but he still faces possible deportatio­n.

Maher said that the bond and a previous $255,000 bond related to the sex abuse case had “crippled my client and his family,” and asked the judge, asserting his client was not a flight risk, not to impose an increase in bail in the abuse case.

Citing testimony from the Dec. 4 preliminar­y hearing, Maher further characteri­zed some of the District Attorney’s charges as vague, adding that the DA’s investigat­ion and the informatio­n it yielded may have been inconsiste­nt with the police report.

Gutierrez denied the DA’s request for a bail increase but reminded Rios Angulo, who remains out of custody, about an existing restrainin­g order not to go near the victim or her family.

In May 2018, Rios-Angulo pleaded not guilty to 18 charges, all felonies, and all involving the same child at various times between 2016 and 2017.

Court records indicate the DA filed a complaint on May 2, 2018. Shortly afterward, on June 21, the court issued a subpoena for records held by the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District. Rios-Angulo posted the $255,000 bond on June 26.

If convicted on all the charges, Rios-Angulo faces a lengthy state prison sentence.

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