Jul 21, 2016

Case against local Jehovah's witness elder for sexual conduct with minor dismissed




Dale Standridge's preliminary hearing was scheduled for this morning.

Instead, the case was dismissed against him because of "insufficient admissible evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt," according to Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads.

The victim and her father made two powerful and emotional statements as is their right under Marcy's law.

The victims said in court, "The worst thing is that I cannot get up in court and tell him." She said she wanted Standridge to know she was not scared.

Standridge's court appointed public defender, Ms. Kelly Neel, at the end, made the statement sayin the case against her client was dismissed and yet he had to sit in court and "have his character assassinated" without a chance to respond.






Jun 20, 2016


New information in case against local Jehovah elder; Judge Feeney denies modification of protective order

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Dale Standridge on June 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads prosecuting the case. Public Defender Kelly Neal has been appointed to represent Standridge.

The People requested a continuance. The defense did not oppose that motion.

Judge John Feeney found "good cause" and granted the continuance after hearing from DDA Stacey Eads.

"This morning, the People received relevant information; it needs further investigation," said Ms. Eads.

New preliminary hearing date is July 21 at 8:30 a.m. Intervention is on July 20 at 3 p.m.

Two witnesses expected to testify today were HCSO deputies Dustin Del Biaggio and David Brooks.

Judge Feeney denied a motion filed today by the defense to modify the protective order, for a limited purpose, so Standridge could attend his local church and an upcoming convention. The modification was to reduce the 100 feet stay away to 20 feet.

Ms. Neel added that "Mr. Standridge has no intention of contact with the minor" and has not contacted the minor since the filing of the case.

DDA Stacey Eads said she briefly spoke with the alleged victim's parents. "They are opposed to any modification. They intend to go the convention. Any encounter with Mr. Standridge is traumatic to the child."

About 8 people were at the Courthouse with Standridge. The alleged minor victim's parents were in the courtroom, they were escorted in and out by DA Investigator Martin Morris.

Ms. Neel spoke with Standridge before the hearing, then she met with Ms. Eads.



Apr 27, 2016


Local Jehovah's witness elder's preliminary hearing continued due to "ongoing investigation"

A preliminary hearing for Dale Standridge was scheduled for today. The People requested a continuance, defense did not object. Judge Timothy Cissna granted the continuance.

"Ongoing investigation" was one of the reasons given by Deputy District Attorney Stacey Ead's.

Intervention is June 8. Preliminary hearing is June 20.

Feb 24, 2016


Preliminary hearing for Dale Standridge, local Jehovah Witnesses elder, charged with recurring sexual conduct of a minor child

Dale Standridge's case was scheduled for disposition and reset this afternoon. His preliminary hearing for February 3 was continued at the request of the defense.

Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads is prosecuting this case for the People. Public Defender Ms. Kelly Neel has been appointed to represent Standridge.

Preliminary hearing scheduled for April 27.


Nov 16, 2015


$100,000 bail for Dale Standridge charged with recurring sexual conduct of a child under age 14

Dale Standridge who had bail set for $100,000, posted bail and appeared out of custody for his arraignment this afternoon for the felony charge if PC 288.5 a.

It is alleged in the complaint filed by the District Attorney's office that in Count 1 covering the period "from June 23, 2007 to June 23, 2013,"Standridge engaged in "three or more lewd and lascivious acts with Jane Doe," who is under the age of 14, while residing with the child.

According to one source, Standridge, who is 48 years old, is the owner of Sharp Auto graphics in Eureka.

At first, Mr. Greg Rael, a private attorney was going to make a special appearance, then the Public Defender's office was appointed for Standridge who indicated he could not afford a private attorney.

Standridge entered pleas of not guilty, waived time. Intervention is set for January 20 at 3 p.m. Preliminary hearing is set for February 3 at 8:30.

288.5.  (a) Any person who either resides in the same home with the
minor child or has recurring access to the child, who over a period
of time, not less than three months in duration, engages in three or
more acts of substantial sexual conduct with a child under the age of
14 years at the time of the commission of the offense

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