Tuesday, October 10, 2000
Steamboat Springs For now, two felonies have been dismissed against a 48-year-old Steamboat Springs man because the victim failed to show up in court Tuesday afternoon.
Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann was forced to ask Routt County Judge James Garrecht to dismiss felony charges of third-degree sexual assault and a bond violation that had been filed against the man without prejudice.
Garrecht granted Feldmann's request and will allow Feldmann a span of six years to refile charges against the man.
"The victim was subpoenaed, but she did not appear," Feldmann said. "The charges were dismissed without prejudice, which gives me an opportunity to refile charges within the state's statutory limits."
Feldmann decided to ask for the dismissal because this was the second time the victim failed to show up for a preliminary hearing for an alleged sexual assault that occurred in April. Feldmann asked for a continuance for the preliminary hearing at the end of September.