JEFFERSON — A case in Ashe County District Court was dismissed Thursday, Nov. 14, after it was revealed the defendant had been picked up by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Ramon Basaldua-Palacios, 36, of Laurel Springs, was arrested Aug. 2 and charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child. According to the warrants for his arrest, Basaldua-Palacios allegedly committed “a lewd and lascivious act” upon a minor in 2014. He is alleged to have done the same thing May 25, to a different victim. The warrants claim the two victims were younger than the age of 16 at the time.
According to Basaldua-Palacios’s attorney, Jak Reeves, the case was dismissed with leave. Reeves said the state has indicated it plans to indict Basaldua-Palacios at the next grand jury meeting, but for now the charges are dismissed.
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