A judge on Thursday turned down a request to release one of the three defendants in the Molalla basketball team sex abuse case.

Joshua Paul Haqq, 16, was arraigned in Clatsop County Circuit Court on charges of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and first-degree sexual abuse.

Haqq is one of three members of the Molalla High School basketball team accused of sexually abusing a freshman team member during a team trip to Seaside last December. Similar charges are pending against the three defendants for another incident that allegedly occurred in Sisters.

Haqq's attorney, Kris Kaino, entered a not-guilty plea and asked that the teen, currently being held on $200,000 bail at the county juvenile detention facility in Warrenton, be granted conditional release. Kaino noted that Haqq, whose parents and four younger siblings attended the hearing, had no criminal record and carried a 3.56 grade-point average in school.

District Attorney Josh Marquis responded that evidence indicated that Haqq was the "primary perpetrator" of the crime. The victim's mother was also in attendance at the hearing, Marquis said, adding that "basically her son was terrorized."

Judge Cindee Matyas denied Kaino's request for conditional release, but lowered the bail amount to $150,000.

One of the other defendants, John W. Berokoff, 18, was due to be arraigned this afternoon. The third defendant, Onisefer George Kutsev, 17, was being held at the juvenile detention facility in Multnomah County but is slated to be arraigned later this month.

All three defendants are being tried as adults.


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