FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man pleaded not guilty Thursday to a single felony charge of committing a lewd act on a child.
Fairfield police arrested Jose G. Reyes, 40, at his Flicker Court home on Dec. 6.
Investigators believe Reyes repeatedly molested and sexually assaulted a nephew more than 15 years ago. The nephew, Xavier Lopez, confronted Reyes at his home on the evening of Nov. 5. A heated discussion, about what police have not revealed, was capped with Lopez shooting Reyes several times before running from the home with his half-brother, German Lopez.
An hour later, Xavier Lopez was shot several times outside of a Vacaville hospital. German Lopez turned himself into police the next day. Authorities said he admitted that he killed his half-brother.
Fairfield police booked Reyes into the jail on suspicion of multiple child sexual assault offenses involving Xavier Lopez, but later revised the booking charges, deleting all charges involving Lopez. After Reyes’ arrest, another person came forward, saying they had been molested by Reyes years ago. Prosecutors at Thursday’s arraignment said they now know of three accusers.
Prosecutors asked for Reyes to remain locked up and that bail be set at $1 million. Judge Wendy G. Getty set Reyes’ bail at $65,000 and then increased the amount to $150,000 after prosecutors raised concerns that Reyes would flee to Mexico if he posted bail. Getty then changed her mind, reset Reyes’ bail at $65,000 and said she would reconsider the bail amount Tuesday. Getty also ordered Reyes to be back in court in January to schedule a probable cause hearing.
German Lopez, who has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges, is set to be back in court Jan. 16, 2014, for the scheduling of a probable cause hearing.
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