Former Emmy-winning Fox 5 investigative reporter Charles Leaf has rejected a plea deal and will go to trial in December on charges of child sex abuse and possessing kiddie porn, following a court hearing in Hackensack NJ. “Mr. Leaf, is it true you’re rejecting the plea offer of 7 to 8 years?” Presiding Superior Court Judge Liliana DeAvila-Silebi asked him. “Absolutely, your honor,” Leaf replied. “These are serious charges,” she said. “You’re facing significantly more time should you be convicted.” Leaf, who joined Fox 5 News in July 2006, was taken into custody at his then-Wyckoff home in October 2010 by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit and the Wyckoff Police Department.
Judge DeAvila-Silebi set a Dec. 3 2013 date for Charles Leaf's, his photo, trial to begin and ordered attorneys for both sides back next month to clear up some remaining issues. This follows several days of hearings held behind closed doors because of involvement by the state Division of Child Protection and Permanency. Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Kenneth Ralph and defense attorney S. Emile Lisboa told the judge their respective cases will require 4–5 days of trial time, and that one witness requires a Polish interpreter, read more CLICK HERE.
Reporter Charles Leaf Fox News 5 New York Troubled Past Includes a "Willful Physical Attack Against A Councilwoman", a Lawsuit and Misrepresenting Himself to Get an Interview, Unprofessional Behavior. During a stint at a station in Mobile, Alabama CHARLES LEAF was the focus of a 1999 lawsuit that impugned him for a "willful physical attack" against a local councilwoman; the case was eventually settled. Two years later, while working in Detroit, a man told police that Charles Leaf spewed homophobic obscenities and tried to attack him after the reporter was pelted with eggs while covering a story.
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