Friday, December 6, 2013

Pretrial hearings to begin for alleged sexual predator

Finger Lakes Times:
WATERLOO — Pretrial hearings for a town resident accused of sexually abusing at least two young children will be held next month.

Ronald T. Spoor appeared briefly in Seneca County Court Monday (November 25). County Judge Dennis Bender scheduled Huntley and Sandoval hearings for Dec. 13.

A Huntley hearing reviews the manner in which police obtain statements and evidence from a defendant, and whether they can be used at trial. A Sandoval hearing determines which portions of a defendant’s criminal record can be addressed by the prosecution if the defendant testifies at trial.

No date has been set for Spoor’s trial.

Ovid-area attorney Steven Getman is representing Spoor.

The charges against the defendant are accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless he is proven guilty in a court of law.