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USA – Trial scheduled for sexual abuse defendant

In Iowa a Davenport woman is free on bond today as she waits to stand trial on a charge of second degree sexual abuse.

Judge Dale Ruigh released Christina Ann Molina, 22, from the Story County Jail on Monday.  She was being held on a $50,000 bond.  Her trial is scheduled for September 14th 2004.  Molina was arrested earlier this month and charged by the Nevada Police Department with sexually assaulting a 4 year old girl.  She faces up to 25 years in jail if convicted.

Court documents filed by Nevada Officer Kurtis Jay say the child suffered injuries consistent with sexual abuse.  Records also say the child identified Molina as the person who caused those injuries.  Nevada Police Chief Mike Tupper said police initiated a weeks-long investigation after receiving a report of abuse from Story County’s Department of Human Services on the 26th January 2004.  Police would not comment on how human services became involved in the case.

Tupper said that Molina was a friend of the alleged victim’s family.  The alleged abuse occurred in late November or early December.  Court documents day the mother of the alleged  victim told police Molina was alone with the child when the child says the sexual abuse occurred.  “The investigation took several weeks”, Tupper said. “And charges were brought after conferring with the county attorney’s office”.  

Assistant Story County Attorney Mary Howell Sirna is prosecuting the case.  Paul Rounds of the state public defender’s office in Nevada is representing Molina.  Both declined comment.  The second-degree sexual abuse charge is a class felony.  Iowa law allows the charge when the alleged victim is younger than 12.  Court records indicate Molina has no prior criminal record.

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