Judge may set trial date at sex offender’s next hearing on Dec. 22 | PostIndependent.com

Judge may set trial date at sex offender’s next hearing on Dec. 22

A trial date could be set later this month in the case of a convicted sex offender accused of multiple counts of second-degree kidnapping and enticement of a child.Loy Vondette, of Rifle, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing that had been scheduled for Wednesday. His next hearing is set for Dec. 22, and a trial date could be set then by Judge Dan Petre unless a plea bargain occurs first.Vondette is accused of trying to coax two young girls into his car in the Palomino Park subdivision in Rifle in July. He is also charged with attempting to entice two girls in Apple Tree Park in New Castle on June 20.Preliminary hearings are held to determine if there is sufficient evidence in support of the charges to proceed with a trial.Vondette spent six years in prison after being convicted of two charges of sexual assault in 1993 in Garfield County. He is a registered sex offender in the county.He also is charged with harassment for allegedly propositioning an Eagle policeman’s wife on Aug. 4 while he was out on $25,000 bond for the Rifle incident.Vondette was arrested on Aug. 10 and remains in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. 516dwebb@postindependent.com

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