MONTROSE – Former Montrose District Attorney Myrl Serra will face trial for violating conditions of his bail bond, Judge David Bottger ruled last week in Montrose District Court.
Serra is already scheduled for a 10-day trial starting July 18 for a felony charge of unlawful sexual contact with force, allegedly perpetrated on a former employee.
The bail bond violation concerns an encounter on Dec. 5 of last year between Serra and the alleged victim at a Montrose department store. According to the arrest affidavit, the woman spotted Serra coming into the store, so she “hunched over” behind a clothes rack, but Serra allegedly walked over and pushed the clothes back. She said he stared at her for several seconds, and then walked away.
The arrest affidavit spells out the woman’s testimony in detail. It states that the woman was looking at a shirt in the men’s department when she spotted Serra and his son coming in the front door of the store, so she stood near a clothes rack near the wall, “…hoping Serra would go to the interior of the store and she could sneak out behind him.”
But when the woman looked from behind the rack, she stated that she saw Serra coming directly toward her.
According to court documents, the woman then “hunched over” behind the clothes rack, hoping Serra wouldn’t see her, but when she looked over the top of the rack, Serra was staring at her. She said he moved the clothes around on the rack, but never took his eyes off her, for about 15 seconds.
“He got that same cocky grin he always had on his face,” she said in her statement to agents of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
No words were exchanged with Serra, the woman testified, and he turned back into the store and she then left.
A few days later, CBI agents viewed videotapes from the store and decided there was probable cause for Serra’s arrest on Dec. 22.
Because of the alleged actions, Serra was charged with misdemeanor harassment and violation of a protection order and a felony charge of violation of bail bond conditions.
Bottger set a trial date on the felony bail bond charge to start on Aug. 29 and run for three days.
Last Friday’s court appearance was Serra’s preliminary hearing on the bail bond charge, and Bottger noted that Serra pleaded not guilty and requested a jury trial.
“Based on the evidence and making findings in the light most favorable to the prosecution, the court does find probable cause to support the sole felony count,” Bottger said.