Sergio Gonzalez stands trial once again for an incident alleged to have occurred at the Fresno Fair in October 2009. According to an article written by Pablo Lopez with the Fresno Bee, Mr. Gonzalez’s first trial ended with a hung-jury. The allegations stem from an incident in October 2009, where Mr. Gonzalez is alleged to have molested two girls, ages 5 and 7.
The first trial ended with a hung jury with 11 of the 12 jurors voting to find Gonzalez guilty of molesting the 7 year old girl and 9 of the 12 jurors voting to find him not-guilty of molesting the 5 year old girl. If convicted Gonzalez faces life in prison.
According to Mr. Gonzalez’s criminal defense attorney, Margarita Martinez-Baly, the 7 year old girl provided law enforcement with conflicting statements. Ms. Martinez-Baly also indicated that the 5 year old girl told law enforcement she was also molested on a ride that Mr. Gonzalez did not operate. She also claims that the girls stories have been influenced by friends and family members, some of whom are police officers.
Allegations such as those made against Mr. Gonzalez are serious. In many instances, as reported by the Fresno Bee, an individual convicted of such offenses can be sentenced to life in prison. If similar allegations have been made against you or a loved one, you should contact an experienced Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney immediately.