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3 teens to be tried as adults in rape case

Three teens will be tried as adults in the “egregious” rape of a Grass Valley girl.

Kristopher Alan Pozos, 16, and Job Alexis Juarez and Fernando Enrique Salgado-Nunez, both 17, were in Nevada County Superior Court for their first appearance before Judge Sean Dowling on Tuesday afternoon. A fourth defendant, Ivan Figueroa, 19, was previously charged in the Sept. 10 assault.

The decision to try the minors as adults was made “because, based on the police reports, it appeared to be an egregious enough offense,” said Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell. “They all acted in concert (jointly) and so should be charged equally.”

All three boys have been charged with forcible rape, forcible rape in concert and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor more than three years younger. They remain in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail. They could face as much as nine years in prison.

Defense attorney Gary Gordon, who is representing Juarez, requested a continuance until 1 p.m. Thursday. Pozos’ attorney, Larry Montgomery, and Salgado-Nunez’s attorney, Bill Walker, made the same request. The three are set to enter pleas at that time, and their bail will be discussed as well.

Figueroa, of Grass Valley, has not yet entered a plea on the same charges and also will appear in court at 1 p.m. Thursday. He remains in custody in lieu of $75,000 bail.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.

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