|Judge Won't Send Former Pastor Back to Jail
By John Driscoll
October 16, 2010
A Humboldt County Superior Court judge on Friday demanded that a former Arcata pastor charged with sex abuse not use any electronic communication devices or contact the two alleged minor victims in the case -- but did not revoke his bail.
Deputy District Attorney Kelly Neel asked for Dino Cardelli to be sent back to jail, alleging that he'd e-mailed the two girls he's been accused of molesting, in violation of a court order.
"For some reason, Mr. Cardelli has not been able to abide by that," Neel said.
He was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of violating a court order.
But Cardelli's attorney, Mark Bruce, staunchly objected, saying the e-mail was simply a means of notifying others of an e-mail address change and that the two alleged victims were simply included by accident. There was no message in the e-mail, Bruce said. There is no reason to revoke Cardelli's bail, he said, pointing out his client was present Friday.
"This is not a man who has been running," Bruce said.
Cardelli, 49, has been charged with one count of recurring sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, Jane Doe 1, one count of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor and two counts of oral copulation with a minor. Three more charges were filed this week, alleging committing a lewd and lascivious act with a child under 14 years old, Jane Doe 2. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Asked by Judge Bruce Watson if Neel had evidence of other contact -- which Cardelli is prohibited from having with the alleged victims -- she and Bruce approached the bench.
After a brief discussion, Watson admonished Cardelli not to contact the two alleged victims or any of the people named in the protective order and ordered him not to use any electronic communication devices.
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