Fresno Fair Worker to Stand Trial in Molestation Case

November 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A former Big Fresno Fair carnival worker is now going to trial. He's accused of molesting two girls while helping them get on a ride at the fair.Sergio Gonzalez now faces up to ten years in prison. We were not allowed to show his face during Monday's preliminary hearing, but we learned two girls identified Gonzalez as the man who molested them at the Valley's biggest fair.

Fresno Officer Doug Kirkorian was the first to interview a five year old girl at the Big Fresno Fair. Kirkorian testified the little girl sat inside one of the kiddie rides last month when Gonzalez molested her. The officer testified the ride stood high above the surrounding crowed. Kirkorian said, "Her grandmother was down lower, and there was some glass and metal between her and her grandmother, so she did not believe that he grandmother was able to see."

Fair organizers changed their procedures dealing with children on rides after police announced Gonzalez's arrest. For security reasons, we were not allowed to video tape this detective's face at Monday's preliminary hearing. She describes how victim number two a 7-year-old girl was molested after getting on a ride. Detective said, "She knew that he went around and checked everybody's individual carriages. And as he started approached her's. She leaned back, put her arms up so he could check her seat belt to make sure it was fastened."

Both victims identified Gonzalez on separate occasions as the man who victimized them, but his defense attorney believes they IDed the wrong man. Judge James Oppliger heard the testimony and found evidence to send Gonzalez to trial.

After Gonzalez's arrest, police worried that more victims could be out there, but no new charges have been filed. Gonzalez returns to court next month.



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