Former Nevada County Jail cook waives preliminary hearing in child sex case | TheUnion.com

Former Nevada County Jail cook waives preliminary hearing in child sex case

Michael Sean O’Dell

A Nevada City man facing child sex charges waived his preliminary hearing on Thursday, sending his case closer to trial.

Michael Sean O’Dell is charged with two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child, and one count each of rape and rape of an unconscious person, Nevada County court records state.

Scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Superior Court, O’Dell opted to waive it after learning prosecutors wouldn’t have the victim testify.

The law allows an officer to testify in preliminary hearings about what a victim said. The victim must testify at trial, Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh said.

“We use this a lot in sexual assault cases to protect victims,” Walsh said in an email.

O’Dell is next scheduled to appear in court on May 24.

According to authorities, the victim has alleged ongoing sexual abuse that lasted a year. Deputies arrested O’Dell in October after investigating two abuse reports.

O’Dell worked as a cook in the Nevada County Jail when he was arrested, Walsh said.

O’Dell, who’s jailed outside of the county, remained held Thursday without bail, jail officials said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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