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Defendant in child-abuse case falls asleep during court hearing

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SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio had to “wake up” Theodore Oronigo Pehnos who twice fell asleep during the preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

Theodore Pehnos

Pehnos is accused of beating up his two stepchildren in June 2019 in Kagman and was charged with two counts of child abuse.

He appeared in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

He was previously released to a third-party custodian, but was rearrested after he did not show up for a court hearing.

After hearing the testimony of police detectives, Judge Kim-Tenorio found probable cause to charge Pehnos with two counts of child abuse.

Assistant Public Defender Karie Comstock represented Pehnos while Assistant Attorney General Erin Toolan appeared for the government.

Comstock asserted her client’s right to question any of the facts used for the determination of probable cause such as materials and forensic interviews.

She asked the court to order the government to produce documentation of the investigations.

Comstock said her client has the constitutional right to “root out meritless or groundless claims and to know what information has been gathered against him.

Judge Kim-Tenorio denied the request.

According to the information filed by the Office of the Attorney General in court, Pehnos intentionally struck two children — a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old — resulting in injuries clearly beyond the scope of reasonable corporal punishment and harming or threatening the children’s physical or mental health and well-being.

Four school staffers witnessed the incident and reported it to the police. The four identified Pehnos as the children’s stepfather.

Child abuse is punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years and a $2,000 fine or both for each count, the government said.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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