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Trial starts Thursday for man accused of molesting Temecula girl


Last updated 12/10/2018 at 7:46pm

RIVERSIDE - Trial proceedings will get underway later this week for a man accused of molesting a Temecula girl on multiple occasions over a three-year span.

Jose B. Fabian, 57, is charged with four counts of lewd acts on a child for allegedly assaulting the victim, identified in court documents only as "G.R.,'' at a residence near Old Town Temecula.

Fabian faces life in prison with the possibility of parole if convicted.

His trial had been scheduled at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, but with no courtrooms available, proceedings were moved to the Riverside Hall of Justice, where Superior Court Judge Jack Lucky is slated to summon prospective jurors for screening, as well as rule on pretrial motions, on Thursday.

The defendant was arrested in April 2017 following a sheriff's investigation into alleged instances of harm done to the girl. Authorities would not disclose whether she was related to the defendant or any of the circumstances behind their encounters.

According to court papers, the alleged offenses occurred between January 2014 and January 2016, then again in April of last year.

The victim revealed what allegedly had been going on to family members, who in turn alerted sheriff's investigators.

Fabian was arrested without incident on April 28, 2017.

The defendant, who has no documented prior felony convictions, is being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.


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