Kenneth Waters, the bail bondsman accused of exchanging half of a bail bond for sexual favors from a client, failed to appear in court on Friday for a readiness and settlement conference.
Waters and his attorney, Richard Dudek, were nowhere to be found in the downtown Placerville courthouse Friday morning.
“As the court can see, it’s almost 10 a.m.,” said deputy district attorney Trish Kelliher. Waters should have been there around 8:30 a.m. “I inquired with the clerk,” Kelliher said, but Dudek had not been in communication with the court.
Judge Daniel B. Proud noted that Dudek had last appeared in court on Aug. 31, though Waters was excused from attending the hearing. He then issued a bench warrant, set for $7,500 bail, for Waters.
Kelliher noted the case was no longer a felony case but a misdemeanor case and said she would try to call Dudek. Proud stayed the warrant to a continued hearing date of Friday, Oct. 19 at 8:30 a.m.
A June preliminary hearing featured the testimony of the 22-year-old victim, “Jane Doe,” who claimed that Waters offered sexual acts in exchange for halving the price of bail, as Doe was in jail on a DUI charge.
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