The Clark County District Attorney’s Office has decided not to prosecute former Bullhead City police sergeant Jesse Hoag on charges of attempted sexual assault relating to an incident in October 2014. The case against Hoag, 37, of Bullhead City, was dropped by visiting Judge Pro tem Karen Vanderpool this morning in Laughlin Justice Court. Deputy Clark County District Attorney Jacob J. Villani did not shed any light as to the reasons for the DA’s decision when he made the announcement today in Laughlin. Other than telling Judge Vanderpool that the complaint would not be filed, Villani did not object to the case being closed and the bail for which Hoag, who appeared in court today with his attorney, had been released from jail being exonerated. The case originated from a incident at a bar on Casino Drive in Laughlin in October 2014. Hoag turned himself into to Las Vegas Metro police at the Laughlin substation the same day that the attempted sexual assault was reported. A female victim had told detectives that she managed to escape from Hoag’s pick-up on the morning of Oct. 22. At the time of the allegations in Nevada, Hoag was on paid administrative leave from his position with the Bullhead City Police Department for a similar event that was reported on the Arizona side of the Colorado River. He had been suspended almost three weeks prior to the Laughlin incident. With his Nevada case no longer being pursued by state prosecutors, Hoag can now focus his defense on the criminal charges being pursued in Arizona. The Coconino County Attorney’s Office is prosecuting Hoag’s case for the state in Mohave County Superior Court. The Mohave County Attorney’s office declared a conflict of interest because of Hoag’s position as a police officer and sent the case to their colleagues in Flagstaff.
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