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Angel-Flores Found Not Guilty

Defendant Efren del Angel-Flores stands between his defense attorney Roger Stewart and interpreter Eloisa Mendoza during last week’s trial.

ELKO – A jury of eight women and four men found Efren del Angel-Flores not guilty of all counts of allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl last May.

The jury deliberated Friday afternoon after closing arguments from Chief District Attorney Chad Thompson in Elko District Court and defense attorney Roger Stewart, who argued that the trial was “a case of cheating.”

Angel-Flores, 27, of Elko was charged with sexual assault and burglary with the intent to commit assault or battery on another person.

The four-day trial included testimony from the teen, known as “M,” her relatives, a nurse at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital, police officers, and Angel-Flores.

The teen’s aunt testified that she and other family members went out to eat lunch and left “M” home alone May 30. The family returned to find the deadbolt to the apartment locked and called out for “M” to open the door.

Upon entering, the aunt saw “M” and Angel-Flores who was standing behind the door.

The teen’s aunt testified Angel-Flores ran out the door to his truck parked across the street which was left running and the radio blaring.

After he left, “M” told her aunt she had been raped.

Angel-Flores was arrested in Spring Creek later that day.

During the trial, Thompson played a recording of Angel-Flores interview with Elko Police Detective Peter Nielson for the jury where the defendant repeatedly denied having sexual relations with teen.

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“His DNA was found on swabs from the victim,” said Thompson.

Stewart explained that there were conflicting statements from “M” regarding how Angel-Flores gained entry to the apartment.

Angel-Flores and “M’s” boyfriend were co-workers several months before the incident, said Stewart, and the defendant drove the couple to the boyfriend’s home on one occasion.

As a result of the arrest and subsequent trial, Angel-Flores and his wife are getting divorced, said Stewart.


Staff writer for the Elko Daily Free Press

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