Detches trial set to begin Friday

Man on trial for attempted sexual assault of joggers on Stevens Creek Trail

John Detches, the man charged with attempting to sexually assault several women as they jogged on the Stevens Creek Trail, is scheduled to go to trial on Friday, June 17.

Detches, who was taken into custody in December 2009, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault with intent to commit rape, two counts of felony false imprisonment and one count of kidnapping to commit a sexual offense.

Police arrested Detches on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. He was identified by one of the victims, and charged.

In all, three women told police that a man grabbed them and pulled them off the trail, or attempted to pull them off the trail. In each case, the women fought off the attacker, who fled on a bicycle.

Police combed Stevens Creek Trail for several days in late November and early December 2009 before finding Detches.

The trial is scheduled for June 17 in Department 88 of the Santa Clara County Superior Court in Palo Alto.

If the woman had reported what she saw right away, police would have had a better chance of catching him, Wylie said, and encouraged the public to always report such incidents to authorities in a timely manner.

Wylie also said walking alone in parks and on trails can be dangerous. People going for a stroll should bring a partner or a cell phone, and not take to the trails after dark, she said. "We'd like to remind people that all of the parks, including Stevens Creek Trail are closed after dark."


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Posted by Fed up
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm

People should have the freedom to walk wherever they want whenever they want. Alone, at night, whatever. Period. People who make it so that we can't should be shown NO TOLERANCE. There is no excuse for terrorism and bullying. We should jail them and throw away the key. No second chances. Might as well hang them so we don't have to support their sorry a**es for the rest of their lives.

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