In short, Ruhl’s lawyer, Philip Heithecker, filed a demurrer — “a pleading in a lawsuit that objects to or challenges a pleading filed by an opposing party” — objecting to the child-molestation charge against Ruhl because the one-year statute of limitations (for a misdemeanor; Ruhl was not charged with a felony) had expired, by just two weeks. The Chico Enterprise-Record says “the prosecution states the alleged offense involving a then-16-year-old girl took place on or around Nov. 25, 2010. Charges were filed on Dec. 8, 2011.”
If the girl had been under 14, the statute of limitations would have been three years.
Deputy D.A. Erika Romo “told the judge that she wasn’t prepared to dismiss the case, and the judge set the May 8 hearing.”
There’s more at the Chico E-R link — mainly a few new (and semi-graphic) details about the “relationship” between Jesse Ruhl and the girl, which does indeed appear to have taken place, and how Ruhl broke it off only after his wife found text messages on his phone.
We predict: The case will be dismissed… but there may be a divorce in Little Jesse’s future.
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