Jeremias Quintero, 42, accused in November of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, has been scheduled for arraignment on Monday, March 3.
Quintero and his attorney were in district court Jan. 9 for a scheduled preliminary hearing.
Quintero told the court he had waived his right to the preliminary hearing and the arraignment date was then set.
The preliminary hearing procedure is described as "a hearing in which the judge determines if there are sufficient grounds to compel the accused to stand trial."
Arraignment is "the formal act of calling the defendant into open court, informing him of the offense charged, and the defendants' entry of a plea to the charge," according the Colorado Press Association.
A Monday arraignment date of Feb. 10 was available on the court's docket, but prosecutor Wiley Christopher asked that arraignment be set further out.
Quintero's lawyer, Vincent Felletter, asked the court to allow Quintero to attend church services in Grand Junction, a supervised setting, he told the judge, where children under 18 would be present.
The court refused to grant the change in its protective order after Christopher objected that "church was an instrumentality in how the charges came about." Quintero is a church pastor.
The judge noted she was not impeding Quintero's right to practice his faith, only requiring he do so in a setting absent of any minor children as the protective order stipulates.
Felletter also asked for permission for his client to travel temporarily out of state with family.
There was no objection to that request from the prosecution, and the court granted the modification in Quintero's bond that will allow for the travel to Arizona.
Quintero is accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old boy who attended services at a church Quintero pastored.blog comments powered by Disqus