with a plea bargain.
Child molestation trial begins
from the article" William Joseph Lenard was arrested in September for 19 various felony charges of child molestation....
Lenard’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Jonathan McCrone, said that based on the evidence, “I don’t think he’s committed any crime at all.”
McCrone said he is unaware of any criminal record for Lenard. If found guilty, Lenard could face incarceration for 52 years, McCrone said.
(“It’s) more serious than a murder case — in terms of punishment,” he said.
The lowest sentence for first-degree murder is 25 years to life.
...When the allegations arrived, McCrone said his client was treated unfairly by law enforcement. Lenard called the District Attorney’s Office, but was never interviewed, McCrone said.
Sources say it was pled down to two counts - with probation.
Another serious - SERIOUS - complete and abject failure of Gallegos' DA's Office.
Molestation trial ends in plea agreement
The child molestation trial that began Tuesday in the Humboldt County Courthouse was over mid-morning on Thursday as both parties entered into a plea agreement.
Judge Marilyn B. Miles dismissed the 12-member jury and thanked them for their civic duty.
The defendant, William Joseph Lenard, 52, was charged with 19 felony counts of child molestation. He pleaded guilty to two felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.
The agreement came as a surprise to Lenard’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Jonathan McCrone. “We thought we’d be here for three weeks,” he said.
Deputy District Attorney Kelly Neel spent about an hour coaxing a single answer out of the victim. “What happened to you in July 2006 in Lenard’s trailer?” she asked the victim repeatedly.
The victim couldn’t bring herself to answer. “This little girl very much wanted to testify, but the overwhelming nature of her testimony was too much for her,” Neel said.
Do you understand why the Child Abuse Services Team was formed? Do you understand why serious cases like these are only given to seasoned prosecutors, with TRAINING to handle child abuse cases - training to INTERVIEW a child properly and with compassion? Gallegos fired the office's child abuse specialist, he has dismantled the CAST team, he removed the only other qualified DDA he had assigned to CAST, put Schwartz in charge of child abuse, then - gave this case to an inexperienced DDA. He has done nothing to get training for the new hires to try to bridge the gap in experience, and he threw Ms. Neel to the wolves, and threw the kid to the wolves.