Here’s a step-by-step guide to the booking process at Larimer County Jail. Sady Swanson, email@example.com
Update, Dec. 6: All charges against Earl Ong related to an alleged July 2016 sexual assault of a minor were dismissed in October 2019.
Original story, May 7: A man who ran over a cyclist in 2015 faces a slew of child sex assault charges that date back to the same year he was sentenced to community service for the fatal crash.
Authorities accuse Earl Ong, 22, of sexually assaulting an intoxicated 14-year-old girl, recording the assault on his phone and sending it to several friends in July 2016, according to his arrest documents. He was 19 at the time.
Ong hasn’t had a trial or been sentenced for the charges because he was declared mentally incompetent. Convicting a person of a crime when they’re experiencing mental health issues that prevent them from fully understanding the proceedings is a violation of due process.
But Ong’s case might continue forward after a July 2 competency hearing. He faces two charges of child sex assault, another charge of child sex assault demonstrating a pattern of abuse, two charges of sexual exploitation and a charge of sexual assault on a victim who was mentally incapacitated. He’s also charged with violating a protection order.
Ong was sentenced to 100 hours of community service at a bike nonprofit, a $1,500 donation to a nonprofit bicycle organization and revocation of his driver’s license for a June 2015 crash that killed cyclist Cesar Palermo.
Ong, who was 17 at the time, reportedly fell asleep at the wheel and swerved when he realized he was about to crash into a pickup hauling a boat in front of him. His car struck and killed Palermo, whose family requested that the judge not sentence Ong to jail time.
Ong was released from the Larimer County Jail on cash bonds after his 2016 arrest and again after his 2017 arrest on allegations he violated a protection order.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. Arrests and charges are merely accusations by law enforcement until, and unless, a suspect is convicted of a crime.
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