Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:15 am | Updated: 11:36 am, Tue Apr 16, 2013.
By JUSTIN STORY The Daily News
Three Bowling Green residents accused in a human trafficking case were ordered to return to court next month, at which point trial dates may be set.
Chad Wayne Simmons, Rose Marie Woolbright and Pedro Lopez-Diaz all made appearances Monday in Warren Circuit Court in a case stemming from claims by a 13-year-old girl that she was prostituted.
They were ordered by Warren Circuit Judge John Grise to return May 20 for a final pretrial conference.
“I t.hink all parties by that point in time will know if all the cases will be resolved,” Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron said in court Monday.
Lopez-Diaz, 28, is charged with two counts of second-degree rape and two counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.
Prior court testimony in the case claimed that Lopez-Diaz paid $25 for a sexual encounter with the juvenile girl at his apartment in the Willow Creek complex, with $5 going to the girl and $20 going to Woolbright, 30, who is charged with human trafficking, first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and second-degree sodomy.
Court records indicated that Lopez-Diaz had sex with the teenager on two occasions Oct. 6 or 7.
Simmons, 38, is charged with two counts of second-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.
Woolbright claimed to have witnessed Simmons perform sexual acts on the 13-year-old girl at Woolbright’s residence some time between Oct. 9-11, according to court records.
On Monday, Lopez-Diaz was able to speak over the phone about the status of his case with John Haviland, an anthropology professor in California who serves as a courtroom interpreter for speakers of the Tzotzil language, spoken by indigenous natives of the Mexican state of Chiapas.
Attorney Walter Hawkins, who represents Lopez-Diaz, said that his client has a limited knowledge of Spanish and is unable to read Spanish very well, creating a language barrier.
Haviland said he would be in touch with Lopez-Diaz on April 24 to act as an interpreter for Hawkins and Lopez-Diaz about the case in preparation for the pretrial conference next month.
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Be informed! Educate yourself about human trafficking by reading about it. Follow events in the news. Keep your eyes open - human trafficking is happening all around us.
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