Horacio Carlos Teran of Menlo Park is out on bail today, while a judge reviews his case for jury trial assignment. This is the third setting of the jury trial date since the arraignment that took place on May 2, 2012 in superior court, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office.
Teran, 49, was charged with five counts of committing lewd acts on a 10-year old boy on March 27, 2010, according to the District Attorney’s records.
The boy was friends with with Teran’s son. The two boys used to play a game similar to tag, according to the prosecution team.
On multiple occasions, when Teran joined in on the game and tagged the boy, he took him to the “monster cave,” which was the man’s back yard, according to District Attorney records. The boy was then instructed to close his eyes and count to twenty, according to the District Attorney's records.
The defendant would then fondle the victim and have the victim touch him, according to the District Attorney's records.
Teran was arrested, with bail set at $50,000. He made bail and is out of police custody. He is represented by Michael Armstrong, who has not commented on the matter.
The boy’s mother testified that her son is seeing a counselor for emotional problems that emerged after the incident.
The case, which is set in Judge Jonathan Karesh’s court, is expected to last seven days.
Editor's Note: On 2/1/13 this story was edited to reflect that the information in this article came from copies of The San Mateo County District Attorney's public records, and not from a conversation with Melissa McKowan.
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