Friday, July 17, 2009

Donald Monplaisir in Court for Sexual Assault

A Riverside County Probation Department employee accused of sexually assaulting an underage relative more than a decade ago is set to appear in court today for a preliminary hearing.

Donald Monplaisir, 53, of La Quinta, faces 47 counts of rape by force and a dozen counts of lewd acts with a child under 16 years old.

The preliminary hearing starting today is intended to enable a judge to determine if there is enough evidence for him to stand trial on the sexual assault charges.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Graham Cribbs is expected to also hear a motion to dismiss charges against the defendant.

Monplaisir's attorney, John Patrick Dolan, has argued that charges against his client should be dropped because the statute of limitations has lapsed and prosecutors have not provided corroborating evidence that support the victim's claims.

A spokesman for the District Attorney's Office said previously that it had a year after the abuse was reported to file charges.

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