Davis day care operator Eduardo Alejandro Letelier pleaded not guilty in a Woodland courtroom Wednesday to charges of molesting a child in his care ahead of a scheduled Aug. 25 preliminary hearing on the allegations.
Letelier, 43, faces a count each of oral copulation of a minor and resisting arrest in connection with the alleged July 13 sexual assault of a 4-year-old at Ximena’s Day Care, the home-based day care he and his wife have operated since 2001.
The August hearing to be held before Yolo Superior Court Judge Daniel Maguire will determine whether enough evidence exists for the case to proceed to trial.
Letelier was briefly jailed on the allegations in lieu of $1 million bail, but has since posted bond appearing in plain clothes Wednesday with attorney Michael Chastaine before Yolo Superior Court Commissioner J. Kent O’Mara.
Chastaine has maintained Letelier’s innocence, vowing after his client’s initial appearance that “We’ll show this never happened.”
Davis police carrying a search warrant for Letelier’s Braddock Court home July 14 arrested the Davis man after officers said he attempted to flee across his backyard and scale a gate.
California Department of Social Services officials within days of Letelier’s arrest temporarily suspended the facility’s license and continue to investigate the case.