Truckee jailer’s attorney steps down from case
Prosecution of a former Truckee jailer was delayed last Thursday by more than a month when his attorney stepped down from defending the accused sexual molester.
Citing a conflict of interest, attorney Glenn Kottcamp removed himself from defending Bobby “B.A.” Rutledge moments before the Nov. 6 preliminary hearing on charges against Rutledge was scheduled to begin.
In two separate cases, Rutledge has been accused of 22 counts of sexual misconduct – including attempted rape – by 11 former inmates of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office’s Truckee substation.
Conflict of interest
Kottcamp, a court-appointed counsel, said he learned of a conflict the night before and consulted with other attorneys about the situation. He did not elaborate on the conflict, nor is he required by law to do so.
“For me to continue would compromise … (my) ability to represent Mr. Rutledge,” Kottcamp told Judge Kathleen Butz, who assigned the case to attorney Stephen Munkelt.
In the afternoon, Munkelt asked that a felony conference to discuss future hearing dates in the case be postponed to Nov. 20.
District Attorney Mike Ferguson said the change in attorneys only puts Munkelt strategically behind and has little effect on him. He was disappointed for the three victims who showed up for the preliminary hearing. Two of them were scheduled to testify.
“It’s only natural, the victims want to get moving on this thing,” Ferguson said.
The women are willing to make any court appearance necessary, so gathering them isn’t difficult, Ferguson said.
The farthest a victim has to travel is about two hours from Reno, he said.
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