LAUGHLIN, NEV. — The former Bullhead City police sergeant who recently plead not guilty to sexual assault charges in Arizona will be in a Nevada courtroom tomorrow to start his defense against attempted sexual assault charges in that state. Jesse Hoag, 37, of Bullhead City, will be arraigned in Laughlin Justice Court tomorrow morning. Hoag is expected to plea not guilt to the felony charges filed against him by the Clark County District Attorney’s office. If Hoag does plead not guilty, Judge Tim Atkins will schedule a preliminary hearing, where the prosecution will try to convince the judge that enough evidence exists to send the case to trial in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas. Hoag was arrested by Las Vegas Metro police in Laughlin on Oct. 22. That morning Metro was called out to a bar in the 2300 block of Casino Drive to a report of an attempted sexual assault. The victim told investigators that she managed to escape from Hoag after he allegedly tried to force her to have sex with him while inside his pick-up in the parking lot outside the bar. She claims to have offered to drive Hoag to a motel because he was intoxicated. He had reportedly consumed 10 beers that night after meeting the victim. After getting out of Hoag’s pick-up, the victim went back into the bar and called a cab. The cab driver ended up calling Metro. Hoag left the scene before officers arrived. He would later contact investigators and surrendered himself at the Laughlin substation. Hoag was released the following morning after posting bond. The incident took place nearly three weeks after Hoag had been suspended from his position with the Bullhead City police department following a sexual assault allegation on the Arizona side of the Colorado River.
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