FAIRFIELD — A 38-year-old ex-con with a lengthy local criminal record dating back 15 years was ordered Monday to stand trial on felony kidnap and child sodomy charges.
Jimmy Lavalle Jr. has pleaded not guilty.
Lavalle was arrested two weeks after a mentally disabled 13-year-old Dixon girl reported she had been grabbed by the hair, dragged into a nearby apartment complex utility room where she was raped by a knife-wielding man.
The victim told police she had been playing and riding bikes with friends near the apartment complex on the afternoon of Aug. 4, 2013, when she disappeared, according to police testimony at Lavalle’s probable cause hearing. A friend of the victim spotted the girl’s bike dumped near the utility room and found an adult who later told police he spotted Lavalle exit the utility room where the victim was found.
Judge Peter B. Foor rejected a claim by Lavalle’s defense attorney that there is no way Lavalle could know the girl was mentally disabled. Foor had just listened to a psychologist who knew the girl describe her as being measured in the lowest 1 percent of functioning ability and being obviously disabled.
Foor ordered Lavalle to return to court Sept. 2 to be arraigned on the felony charges.
While the sex charges carry a possible 16-year prison sentence, kidnapping to commit a sexual assault carries with it a life sentence.
Lavalle has been locked up since his arrest.
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