Breckenridge massage therapist trial pushed to August |

Breckenridge massage therapist trial pushed to August

by Julie Sutor
Summit County Correspondent
Vail CO, Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY – The criminal case of a Breckenridge massage therapist accused of sexual assault is scheduled for trial August 16-25. The case was originally set for July.

The 18-year-old alleged victim in the case claims massage therapist Wang Kho touched her genitalia, exposed himself and tried to initiate sex during a massage on Dec. 5, 2009. Kho has pleaded not guilty and rejected a plea agreement for misdemeanor sexual assault.

Kho’s attorney, Bruce Brown, told Judge Terry Ruckriegle Monday he needed more time to find and prepare court interpreters for Kho, who speaks the Amdo dialect of the Tibetan language. Kho speaks some English but indicated at Monday’s hearing that he could only understand about 70 percent of what transpired in the courtroom.

Brown said he has not yet been able to fully assess Kho’s level of understanding of the case.

Brown also said he needed sufficient time to review reports by expert witnesses, including medical workers who examined the alleged victim. Brown recently took over Kho’s criminal case from Summit County attorney Sean McAllister. McAllister is still serving as Kho’s counsel in a related civil trial.

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