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Prisoner faces more time for touching female employee

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A convicted prisoner and trustee has lost his privileges and could possibly gain additional time for a crime allegedly committed while in prison.   32 year old David Rosalez is serving an 11 year sentence for manslaughter but he was taken to the courtroom of senior magistrate, Aretha Ford this morning for a sexual assault charge committed allegedly upon a 28-year-old prison officer.  The prison officer indicated that on November 16, 2018 at the Belize Central Prison in Hattieville he attempted to get her to touch his genitals. The officer said that she initially called him to assist her. When Rosalez reached her office, she instructed him to make a purchase at the snack shop and when he returned he asked her if he could touch her private parts. After she told him no, repeatedly, he asked her to touch him. And when she refused, he still attempted to touch her and when she pushed his hand away he pulled out his private part and grabbed her hand, forcing her to touch him.  Rosalez told the court that he did not commit the offence. Senior Magistrate Ford explain to him that she just need to ensure that he understand the charge read to him. While he pleaded not guilty, no bail could be offered to Rosalez since he is currently a guest of the Kolbe Foundation. On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, Rosalez was arraign on two counts, exposing his person in public and for common assault upon the same female prison officer. Both cases has been adjourn for June 12, 2019.

There is a disturbing case of incest that was also presented before the courts today. The 46 year old parent from the south side of Belize City is accused of having sex with his 13 year old daughter in December 2017.

Before the Preliminary Inquiry began Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford asked the parent if he had any reasons why the court should not commit his case for trial at the Supreme Court.  He told the magistrate that he was under the influence at the time and that his mind frame was not clear. Prosecutor Sergeant Macedonio Sanchez then presented 13 statements from witnesses and 9 different documentary exhibits including 9 pictures, a warrant in the arrest of the father, birth certificate for his daughter to prove her age at the time of the sexual encounter which showed she was a minor at the time.  The case will proceed to a trial at the June session of the Supreme Court. The man was offered bail in the sum of $5,000 plus one surety of the same amount. He was not represented by an attorney in court.

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