Jury selection to begin Tuesday for 9-day trial

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John Holland Brothers Jr.

— Attorneys met with Judge Shelley Hill on Friday to discuss last minute details before a nine-day trial is set to begin Tuesday.

John Brothers Jr., has been charged with 16 felonies and a sentence enhancer that would extend his sentence if he is found guilty.

Brothers, a former preacher in Yampa and teacher at Heritage Christian School just west of Steamboat, is suspected of sexually assaulting one boy eight times throughout a six-week period. The boy and his father reported the incident in March 2012. Brothers was arrested the next month.

Brothers attended the hearing Friday with his parents and was being represented by Routt County Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann. Matt Karzen and Eliot Thompson represented the District Attorney’s Office.

Brothers is no longer in custody. He was set free shortly before the original trial date in January after a mistake was made by the District Attorney’s Office. They did not meet the deadline that requires prosecutors to supply reports from expert witnesses at least 35 days before the trial.

In addition to the Routt County case, Brothers has been charged in Kentucky with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse related to allegations that he sexually assaulted two youths at a church where he worked as a youth minister after leaving Colorado.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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