Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Two suspects indicted on rape charges

Express Staff Writer

Two Hailey men have been charged with rape for allegedly sexually assaulting two young girls last month near Bellevue.

Indicted last week by a Blaine County grand jury were Emmanuel "Manny" Bautista Aguayo, 21, and Jose L. "Yosie" Vivar Olivera, 22. Both men were arraigned on the charges Friday in Blaine County 5th District Court.

Aguayo was charged with two counts of rape, while Olivera was charged with one count of rape and one count of sexual abuse of a child under 16. Both Aguayo and Olivera were also charged with two counts of "feloniously administering an intoxicating substance to another with intent to commit a felony."

The grand jury indictments will replace criminal complaints filed August 1 by Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Thomas, who said at the time that rape charges would likely be filed later against Aguayo and Olivera.

Both men were initially charged with two counts of feloniously administering a drug, two counts of sexual abuse of a child under 16 and two counts of battery with intent to commit a serious felony.

The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the Blaine County Sheriff's Office, Idaho State Police and the Hailey Police Department.

According to Hailey police reports, Aguayo and Olivera allegedly enticed two Hailey girls, ages 12 and 13, into their vehicle in the Woodside area of Hailey the evening of July 26. The two men then allegedly gave the girls alcohol, possibly laced with a drug, drove them to a remote area up Slaughterhouse Canyon northeast of Bellevue and had sex with them.

Sheriff Walt Femling said last week that his office had determined the girls were not kidnapped. Femling made the announcement in part to try to defuse racial tension following some news media reports that implied two young girls had been kidnapped off the streets of Hailey and raped.

Both Aguayo and Olivera are Hispanic, but were born in the United States, while the alleged victims are both non-Latino.

Aguayo and Olivera are being held in the Blaine County Jail on $250,000 bond each. Jury trial for both men has been scheduled for Dec. 5 through Dec. 21 before Blaine County 5th District Court Judge Robert Elgee.

Olivera is represented by Hailey attorney Keith Roark. Aguayo is represented by contract public defender Douglas Werth, whose law office is in Hailey.

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