A former adult actress and her husband who have been awaiting trial on child sexual abuse charges for more than two years have had their day in court delayed once again.
Porn star Mercedes Carrera, 38, was arrested on February 1 2019 along with her husband, Daemon Cins, and charged with the sexual abuse of a child.
The pair face 10 counts of sexual penetration or oral copulation with a minor under 10 years of age, and one count of sexual intercourse/sodomy with the same child.
Carrera and Cins have been incarcerated without a trial since their arrest in 2019, and court documents posted online show their pre-trial hearing has been postponed for the 12th time.
Judge Katrina West of San Bernardino County Superior Court gave no reason for the latest delay, which came two weeks after the postponement of their last hearing.
Court records from the January 7 hearing show Carrera’s defender, Joshua Castro, was relieved as her counsel due to a "conflict".
It is unclear at this stage what that "conflict" may have been, or whether Castro relieved himself or Carrera let him go.
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Carrera’s new attorney was listed as Geoff Newman, a Rancho Cucamonga criminal defence lawyer, at the February 19, 2021, hearing.
Her husband Cins has been represented by Nicola Fitzgerald of San Bernardino County throughout the case.
Despite the lengthy delay, which has seen both Cins and Carrera incarcerated for more than two years, a pre-trial hearing has been set for March 5.
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Judge West ordered a trial start no later than April 26 2021, almost 27 months after their arrest.
Mercedes Carrera has appeared in over 20 porn films including Seduced By a Cougar, Kittens & Cougars and Maid in Mexico.
She was born Melinda Smith on November 30 1982 in Los Angeles, California, and last appeared in a film before her arrest in 2019.
If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.
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