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Trial date for accused jailer delayed

JAMES NASH, Sun News Service

The trial of Bobby “B.A.” Rutledge, the former Truckee jailer accused of raping and molesting female inmates, will be postponed another three months while Rutledge’s attorney sifts through potential evidence.

Rutledge’s trial on 29 counts of sexual assault by a correctional officer is scheduled to begin Jan. 26, more than three months after the last scheduled trial date and six months after the six-week trial originally was scheduled to begin.

“We’re still getting new information about the various people who are alleged as victims and the way Mr. Rutledge’s schedule was handled,” said attorney Stephen Munkelt, who represents Rutledge. “We’ve received something like 1,600 pages of materials from the county in the last four weeks and additional information from the district attorney’s office.”

District Attorney Michael Ferguson, who will be prosecuting Rutledge, didn’t oppose the first delay, which pushed the trial date from July to October. But Ferguson objected to moving the trial to January 1999 – 16 months after the former jailer was arrested.

Rutledge, who worked in the Truckee jail more than two years, stands accused of felony rape and sexual battery charges and various misdemeanor counts.

If found guilty, Rutledge could be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

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