Mountain View Voice

News - March 4, 2011

Carbajal a free man

by Nick Veronin

Pedro Carbajal is a free man after spending two years behind bars and in Santa Clara County courtrooms proclaiming his innocence.

Carbajal had been accused of raping one of young girl and sexually molesting two others. However, last month the jury issued a not guilty verdict on the rape charges and one of the molestation charges, and deadlocked on the remaining counts.

After the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office decided not to pursue the remaining three molestation counts — and after ironing out some issues with the Immigration and Naturalization Service — the former coach of a Mountain View soccer league for at risk youth went home. Carbajal had been applying for citizenship when he was arrested back in 2009.

According to Ellen Wheeler, a Carbajal supporter and member of the Mountain View Whisman School District's board of trustees, the INS is scheduled to meet with Carbajal in April to review his application.

The INS had kept him in jail for a number of days after the district attorney announced that he would not seek a retrial on the deadlocked charges. The immigration service released its "hold" on Carbajal on Feb. 24.

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