Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sex Offender Jose Ruiz Arrested for Sexual Abuse

Already serving 16 to 32 years in state prison and designated a sexually violent predator, Jose J. Ruiz is back in York County court, accused of sexually abusing three more young girls.

In 2007, a jury convicted Ruiz of rape of a child, involuntary deviated sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child, indecent assault and corruption of minors.

Testimony at that trial was that Ruiz, now 30, sexually assaulted one girl between ages 8 and 10 during an eight-month period in 2003 and 2004 in the city. The jury also convicted him of unlawful contact with another girl, between ages 9 and 10, in 2005 and 2006.

York City Police Detective Dana Ward testified Tuesday that, days before the 2007 trial began, three other young girls came forward with similar allegations of sexual abuse.

Charges -- including multiple counts of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and corruption of minors -- filed after that investigation resulted in this week's trial in Common Pleas Court.

Before a jury Tuesday, Ward testified in graphic detail about the sexual acts Ruiz allegedly performed on the girls under threat and forced them to perform on each other.

First Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Boyles rested his case Tuesday.

The trial was recessed until today after defense attorney Korey Leslie requested a Spanish translator for witnesses he intends to call.

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