A preliminary hearing for Bryce Delano, 30, of Los Alamos commenced Friday before Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados but ended up being continued until July 17 when Delano’s attorney Michael Jones asked for the continuance in order to subpoena a witness.
Delano was arrested March 21 and charged with criminal sexual penetration and false imprisonment in connection with a March 10 incident at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos. Delano, a front desk clerk at the hotel, is accused of pushing his way into a room that was being cleaned by a colleague and allegedly forcing her to have sex with him.
An affidavit for an arrest warrant was filed March 20 by Los Alamos Police Det. Joey Robinson.
The criminal complaint alleges that the attack caused “mental anguish and injury to a reproductive organ”. The false imprisonment charge relates to Delano having allegedly locked the hotel room behind him.
Neither Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist or Jones chose to make an opening statement. Wahlquist’s witnesses were the victim and Det. Robinson. Following extensive testimony and cross-examination and immediately after Judge Casados enquired whether the two attorneys were ready for closing statements, Jones asked for the continuance.
Delano remains free on personal recognizance on conditions of release, which include house arrest except for work, court, doctor appointments and other places approved by his probation officer.