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Judge sets jury selection date for Cervantes trial

Joe Cervantes

Joe Cervantes

Joe Cervantes' trial will begin with jury selection on Feb. 3, 2010, said Prescott Superior Court Judge Pro Tempore William T. Kiger.

Prescott Valley Police charged Cervantes, 50, of Prescott Valley, with multiple counts of sex crimes against children.

Police investigated Cervantes, a longtime employee of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, after his live-in girlfriend found a video of him performing numerous sex acts on two female children whom he knew, police said.

Prescott Valley police on Nov. 14, 2008, booked Cervantes into the Yavapai County jail on five counts of sexual assault, five counts of sexual conduct with a minor, seven counts of molestation, one count of voyeurism, and four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

The West Yavapai Guidance Clinic put Cervantes on administrative leave when it learned of the investigation and later fired him. Cervantes had no client contact when he worked at the clinic.

Judge Kiger scheduled the next hearing for Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m.


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