LOGAN — Prosecutors have dropped their case for Juan Manual Amezcua-Cisneros. The 50-year-old Weston, Idaho man was arrested in August and later charged with sexually assaulting five young girls.
Amezcua-Cisneros appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning for preliminary hearing, where prosecutors were supposed to present their evidence in the case. They had previously charged him with five counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and one count of sodomy on a child, all first-degree felonies.
State attorney Jacob Gordon told the court they wished to dismiss the case without prejudice because of lack of evidence. He explained that he had met with the alleged victims and discovered evidentiary issues in their statements.
According to a probable cause statement filed by Cache County Sheriff’s investigators, Amezcua-Cisneros was arrested after a doctor reported that their patient tested positive for chlamydia in mid-August. The girl was 9-years-old.
The child later told caseworkers at the Division of Child and Family Services, Amezcua-Cisneros allegedly touched her intimately multiple times. She also claimed similar incidents took place with her sisters, who range in age from 4 to 11.
Gordon did not elaborate Tuesday in court about prosecutors lack of evidence. He only said it was in the best interest of the state to dismiss the case.
The request means prosecutors can refile their case if they discover more evidence.
Judge Kevin Allen granted the motion and dismissed the case. He ordered Amezcua-Cisneros to be released from the Cache County Jail immediately.