By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — City Prosecutor Jim Sawyer said yesterday that there are ongoing conversations between him and the attorney for the Romanian man charged with forcible fondling who has since returned home.
Sawyer said that to the best of his knowledge, Miklos Szekely, 24, of Romania is not in the United States.
Szekely is charged with one Class A misdemeanor of sexual assault, forcible fondling, for an alleged incident that occurred at 12 Maple St. on Sept. 28, 2015, where he was living at the time. The victim was an acquaintance of his. Charges were filed shortly thereafter in October.
He was initially charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault and following his arraignment, bail was set at $6,000 cash and was posted. The charges were later reduced to sexual assault.
After posting bail, Szekely returned to Romania.
Sawyer said that it is highly unlikely that Szekely would be extradited from Romania, despite signing a waiver of extradition, should he decide not to return to the U.S.
"If he doesn't come back here it could impede his freedom to move about the world," said Sawyer, saying that if he refuses to return to stand trial, additional charges for bail jumping could be made.
"At this point in time, he has not failed to appear in court," said Sawyer who said there have been court hearings but none that Szekely needed to attend.
"Since we are still talking there are no additional charges," said Sawyer, referring to conversations that are ongoing between him, defense attorney Jesse Friedman, and Szekely's Romanian attorney. "I think distance, differences in (U.S. and Romanian)laws, and language are factors in this."
Szekely's trial is scheduled for May 3 in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia District after being continued from Nov. 9, 2015.
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