LIMA – A Lafayette man accused of 15 felonies — all related to his alleged sexual activities with a minor — on Monday waived his constitutional right to a speedy trial.
James Perine, 28, was indicted by a grand jury in January on 13 counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, felonies of the third degree, and two counts of the illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, fifth-degree felonies.
Perine appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court to waive his right to a speedy trial in the case. Judge Jeffrey Reed moved the tentative trial date back one month, until March 26, to allow defense attorney John Fisher time to prepare his client’s defense.
Records from Lima Municipal Court show Perine was arrested for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct in with another person — identified in court documents as John Doe — who was more than 13 years of age but younger than 16 years of age when the alleged incidents occurred.
The alleged acts took place between the dates of January of 2016 and March of 2017, court records reveal.
Perine is being held in the Allen County jail under a $150,000 cash/surety bond.
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