Cox Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Abuse Charges Against Girlfriend’s Daughter
A Fresno man accused of sexually abusing a 12-year girl pleaded not guilty Monday in his first court appearance in Fresno County Superior Court. Brent Cox faces nine counts of sexual abuse allegedly against the daughter of his girlfriend. Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Cox, 41, last week. They also arrested his wife Jillian Cox […] The post Cox Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Abuse Charges Against Girlfriend’s Daughter appeared first on GV Wire.
A Fresno man accused of sexually abusing a 12-year girl pleaded not guilty Monday in his first court appearance in Fresno County Superior Court.
Brent Cox faces nine counts of sexual abuse allegedly against the daughter of his girlfriend. Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Cox, 41, last week. They also arrested his wife Jillian Cox and a live-in girlfriend, 38, all on sexual abuse charges.
Judge Adolfo Corona ordered the news media not to report the name of the girlfriend to protect the identity of the alleged victim.
Cox Faces Nine Counts
The district attorney’s office accused Cox of abusing the girl between May 28, 2020 and Jan. 25, 2021.
The complaint lists nine counts, including four counts of oral copulation of a person under 14; and one count each of sexual penetration of a victim under 14; continuous sexual abuse; contact or communication with a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense; meeting with a minor to commit sexual offense; and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime.
After his arrest, Cox was being held without bail. Cox’s attorney, Marc Kapetan, asked for a bail reduction, arguing that some of the charges were duplicative.
Corona set bail at $495,000.
The prosecutor’s complaint also showed that Cox had a 2000 conviction for arson.
Corona also issued a criminal protective order, in essence a restraining order. Cox is prevented from contacting the alleged victim by any manner, including through a third party.
“It’s a stay-away order from the alleged victim. You are to stay a hundred yards away from this person, wherever they are. Let’s not have personal, electronic, telephonic, or written contact with this person. Let’s not have contact with this person through another person,” the judge said.
Corona also barred Cox from access to guns or ammunition.
Kapetan argued against GV Wire℠ and other news media requests to record the arraignment. He said such coverage is sensational because of some of the details that already have been reported, including Cox having a wife and girlfriend, and “Gothic-type interests.”
Corona denied that request, but did order media to report neither the name of the alleged victim because of her age nor the name of her mother.
Arraignment In Two Courtrooms
Cox was initially scheduled to be arraigned in the courtroom of Judge James Kelley. Once Kapetan appeared on behalf of Cox, Kelley recused himself without stating why.
The case could have been transferred to the adjacent courtroom. That meant Judge Jon Kapetan also would have had to recuse himself because he is the brother of Cox’s attorney.
Eventually, the matter was transferred to Corona’s Department 20 courtroom.
While Cox appeared in person, the judge and both attorneys — Marc Kapetan and prosecutor Richard Burchett — appeared via Zoom teleconferencing.
The case returns March 10 for a pre-preliminary hearing and March 17 for the preliminary hearing.
Two Other Suspects Await Court Date
The two other suspects await formal charges. None had been filed at the time of publication but are expected later Monday.
According to jail records, Jillian Cox, 36, bailed out of jail Friday at 4:19 p.m.
The girlfriend remains in custody.
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