Defendant sent to Stanislaus County jail for using lewd term during counseling

08/25/2014 2:18 PM

08/25/2014 5:21 PM

A man once accused of raping a woman he picked up in north Modesto was ordered to serve 60 days in jail on Monday for using a sexually suggestive term while referring to a counselor.

Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Marie Silveira determined that Devon Bradford violated his probation by behaving inappropriately during the court-ordered counseling session. A bailiff ushered Bradford in handcuffs out of the courtroom Monday morning.

In November 2012, Bradford pleaded no contest to false imprisonment and was sentenced to time served in jail in connection with the alleged rape. The defendant had served 21 days in jail before he was released on bail in July 2012. He was credited with 20 additional days for good behavior while in custody.

As part of his plea deal with the prosecution, Bradford was ordered to serve three years of probation. The court approved a restraining order, which orders Bradford to stay away from the victim for the duration of his probation.

When Bradford made the lewd comment, he was participating in a course titled “Counseling on Personhood and Sexuality Program.” The counselor canceled the session when Bradford used the sexually suggestive term, and he was kicked out of the program.

Bradford appeared in court Monday with defense attorney Cherie Beasley. She argued that her client has since finished the court-ordered counseling, he has corrected his behavior, and jail time was not necessary.

The court had ordered Bradford to complete 16 to 24 counseling sessions. Probation officials found Bradford a new counselor, who told the court that the defendant completed his obligation after 12 sessions.

Deputy District Attorney Beth O’Hara De Jong argued that Bradford has not completed the court-ordered minimum of counseling sessions. The prosecutor had, at one point, asked the court to send Bradford to prison due to the nature of the case.

Silveira ruled that Bradford had completed his counseling but was going to have to serve the jail sentence for the probation violation.

Because of jail overcrowding, Bradford could be released before he completes his 60-day sentence. He remained in custody Monday afternoon at the Stanislaus County jail.

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