Menlo Park BBC sexual assault trial ends abruptly

Second suspect pleads no contest

Although the prosecution was no longer offering a deal, a man charged with committing sexual assault at the British Bankers Club tried to take the deal anyway.

Juan Gustavo Robles-Alejo, 30, pleaded no contest to felony sexual assault of an unconscious person and misdemeanor sexual battery in San Mateo County Superior Court on Thursday (March 24) after one victim testified.

The district attorney's office said he entered the plea even after prosecutors told him a pre-trial deal for reduced time was no longer on the table. Now facing up to eight years in state prison, he will be sentenced on May 14.

Formerly employed as a busboy and cook at the British Bankers Club in Menlo Park, Mr. Robles-Alejo and Moises Rojas, 26, were charged with assaulting two women at the club on June 9, 2010.

According to police, the suspects followed two women who went to an upstairs room in the club to sleep after becoming intoxicated. They awoke to find Mr. Robles-Alejo fondling them while Mr. Rojas kept watch.

The district attorney's office said the club's security cameras recorded the incident.

Last month Mr. Rojas pleaded no contest to being an accessory to sexual assault. He managed to avoid state prison, thanks to the plea, and instead was sentenced to time served, three years of supervised probation, and $290 in fines.

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Posted by Avery
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Our system of justice, with "deals," rubs me wrong. Deals often induce innocent people to say they're guilty or plead no contest, because their lawyers tell them it's the best "bet." Dealmaking also results in potential jurors being called in and then dismissed because a deal was cut at the last moment. The winners are the judges and prosecutors, because they don't have to take the matter to trial. Also, when dealmaking is allowed, lawyers can ask for higher rates of pay if they have a reputation for making favorable deals. The justice system shouldn't be set up like a bidding game. Other countries' justice systems don't allow deals.

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a resident of another community
on Mar 25, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I would think that the BBC would have absolutely refused to agree to such a plea. Hope ICE will check their legality. Women should boycott the BBC.

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Posted by Huh
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm

It's a criminal case. The BBC doesn't have any say in the case.

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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm,

ICE should check YOUR legality.

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