SANTA CRUZ — A decide this week held a distinguished Aptos actual property dealer to reply on three felony rape-related prices.
Frank DeBernardo, CEO and dealer of the true property company the DeBernardo Workforce in Capitola, was charged in August 2022 with allegedly raping an unconscious girl, recognized as “Jane Doe” in courtroom paperwork, after a celebration at his household’s residence in November 2021. The cost of threatening a witness was associated to a subsequent alleged December 2021 incident, in line with the Santa Cruz County District Lawyer Workplace’s grievance submitting.
Santa Cruz County Superior Courtroom Decide Stephen Siegel decided there was adequate proof to proceed to trial after a prolonged six-day preliminary listening to that concluded Tuesday. In line with minutes of the listening to, the protection workforce for DeBernardo known as Jane Doe to the stand, a direct examination that prosecutor Michael Mahan objected to and Siegel finally terminated, over the protection’s objection, Tuesday. The lady was placed on the witness stand to show that she was not a reputable witness, an assertion with which Siegel disagreed.
The 47-year-old DeBernardo, who was profiled in a July 22, 2022, cowl story for High Agent Journal: California Version, shares a reputation with however is distinct from a former Soquel Excessive College softball coach. The defendant is listed as CEO of PORTFOLIŌ Actual Property, the place he’s stated to have 20 years of expertise as an actual property investor and dealer and has produced “over $250 million in actual property gross sales since 1998” with a major deal with luxurious properties in Santa Cruz.
A associated civil lawsuit Doe filed towards DeBernardo is trailing the legal case. Attorneys within the legal case are due again in courtroom March 13 for arraignment on the data.