New dates set in Santa Cruz child-sex case




SANTA CRUZ >> Accused child molester Shawn Michael Cox, 21, will appear in Santa Cruz County Superior Court June 1 to petition for his release after he allegedly had sex with 14- and 16-year-old girls, according to court documents.

The June 1 hearing was set during a court appearance by Cox Friday in Santa Cruz.

Cox, who lives in Santa Cruz, has pleaded not guilty to seven felonies: two charges of forced copulation; penetration with an object; possession of obscene material depicting a minor; use of obscene material; unlawful intercourse; and sex by force with a 14 year old, according to court documents.

Friday, before Superior Court Judge Stephen Siegel, a preliminary hearing also was scheduled for 9 a.m. July 31 in superior court.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Gill said the prosecution plans to oppose any possible efforts to reduce bail, which is set at $150,000.

“Public safety is the primary concern,” Gill said. “We just think that him remaining in custody is the best for the protection of the public.”

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Cox is accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl multiple times during a two-week period, Santa Cruz Police Department spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke said. Charging documents do not list specifics but offer some dates of the alleged acts, including April 6, the same day Cox was arrested.

Cox also is accused of assaulting a minor between Jan. 1 and April 6, 2017 according to court documents.

Blaschke said the 14-year-old girl, whom Cox knew was in junior high…

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