LAUGHLIN, NEV.– The Clark County District Attorney’s office is not quite ready to proceed with its prosecution of a former Bullhead City police sergeant, accused of attempted sexual assault, but they aren’t dropping any of the charges against him. Laughlin Justice of the Peace Tim Atkins granted a state motion to delay the arraignment of Jesse Hoag, 37, of Bullhead City, until next month. Hoag, who appeared in court today along with his attorney Robert Drascovick, was scheduled to enter a plea this morning, but the state was not ready. “A complaint has not been filed in this case,” Deputy District Attorney Binu Palal told Judge Akins during today’s hearing. “Sometimes it takes us a while and this case is still in screening.” After the hearing, Palal explained that the screening process includes the actual drafting of the complaint, which will be filed in court to formally press charges against a defendant. He said, the legal team is still drafting the complaint against Hoag. He said, it will be filed and ready for the court to act on when the case is heard again. In light of the delay, Hoag’s attorney asked if the $20,000 bond that Hoag posted to remain free could be released. He pleaded that his client has appeared for his initial appearance and at a subsequent hearing, in addition today’s arraignment. Atkins denied the motion. The judge rescheduled Hoag’s arraignment for Jan. 29. Hoag was arrested by Las Vegas Metro Police in Laughlin after meeting with investigators following an attempted sexual assault complaint on Oct. 22. Officers had responded to a bar on Casino Drive, where the victim had told a cabdriver that she had managed to trick Hoag into stopping his physical advances on her and allowing her to leave by agreeing to have sex with him, but not in his truck. She exited the pick-up with no intent of getting back in nor meeting him at a motel which is what she reportedly promised to do to stop Hoag. The alleged incident took place almost three weeks after the former sergeant was suspended from his position with the Bullhead City police department following a sexual assault allegation involving a different victim on the Arizona side of the Colorado River. Hoag has plead not guilty to charges stemming from the Arizona case.
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