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Suspect will not represent himself at molestation trial

KINGMAN - A Kingman man has withdrawn his request to represent himself in court.

Raymond C. Sanchez, 47, filed a motion to waive his right to an attorney and to withdraw his guilty plea earlier this month.

During a hearing before Judge Steven Conn on Wednesday, Sanchez withdrew his motion to waive his right to an attorney and represent himself, saying he was content to have the Public Defender's Office represent him.

Another hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 regarding Sanchez's request to withdraw his earlier guilty plea.

Sanchez was arrested in November 2007 after two girls alerted their parents to several incidents that occurred in 2007.

He was charged with five felony counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of molestation of a child.

In September, he accepted an agreement to plead guilty to one count of felony molestation of a child and one reduced count of felony attempted molestation of a child.

According to the agreement, he could serve between 10 and 17 years in prison for the molestation charge and will be placed on supervised probation for the attempted molestation charge.

Four other counts were dismissed.

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