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News - June 17, 2011

Detches trial set to begin Friday

by Nick Veronin

The trial of John Detches — the man charged with attempting to sexually assault several women as they jogged on the Stevens Creek Trail — is scheduled to begin Friday.

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.


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