No Child Sex Abuse Charges Filed Against San Lorenzo Man
Mario Enrique Cuestas, 53, is a firefighter with the San Jose Fire Department who was arrested on Feb. 13, by a Specialized Enforcement Team, on suspicion of sexual abuse on a 17-year-old boy and selling and possessing methamphetamine.
Prosecutors in Alameda County declined to file child sexual abuse
charges against a San Jose firefighter who was at a hearing today on a drug
charge case in Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose, prosecutors
The Alameda County District Attorney's Office has declined to file
charges of oral copulation and other sexual abuse on a minor against
firefighter Mario Enrique Cuestas, spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said.
Cuestas, 53, was arrested on Feb. 13 by the county's Specialized
Enforcement Team, part of the state Department of Justice, on suspicion of
sexual abuse on a 17-year-old boy and selling and possessing methamphetamine,
according to department spokeswoman Michelle Gregory.
Drenick declined to elaborate on why charges would not be filed
against Cuestas, who is a resident of San Lorenzo in Alameda County.
Cuestas, a 20-year veteran firefighter and community outreach
officer for the San Jose Fire Department, was in the Terraine Courthouse drug
court in San Jose today for another hearing since his arraignment on felony
drug allegations on Feb. 18.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office filed three
charges against Cuestas, including selling narcotics to an undercover
officer, offering to sell drugs to an officer and possessing narcotics,
Deputy District Attorney Patrick Vanier said.
At today's hearing, Judge Mark Pierce denied a motion by Cuestas'
legal counsel to release Cuestas on his own recognizance and then set his
next court appearance for March 20, when Cuestas may enter a plea, Vanier
Prosecutors allege that Cuestas, wearing firefighter garb, met
with an undercover officer from the task force for lunch at a San Jose
restaurant in January and agreed to sell the officer an eighth of an ounce of
methamphetamine for $150.
Law enforcement officers served warrants to search his San Lorenzo
home, his car and person and arrested him at the fire department's
administration building on Senter Road in San Jose.
Cuestas, whose bail was set at $75,000, was still in custody at
the county jail as of today, Vanier said.