Wednesday Sep 14 2011
Trial date set for tattoo artist accused of sex crimes
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
A trial date was set Wednesday for a Roseville tattoo artist accused of committing unlawful sexual acts on his customers. Zechariah Carr, 38, is facing eight charges, including two counts of sexual penetration by force, three counts of sexual battery and two counts of indecent exposure. His trial will begin Oct. 28 in Department 43 of the Placer County Superior Court in Roseville. Carr was arrested Aug. 8 at his Roseville home on suspicion of committing sexual acts on customers while working as a tattoo artist in both Sacramento and Placer counties, according to a statement issued by Placer County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Wilson. Carr, handcuffed and dressed in an orange jumpsuit in a Roseville courtroom, entered a plea of not guilty during an arraignment hearing Wednesday morning. “He denies it and I stand behind him 100 percent,” said Carr’s defense attorney, Tim Balcom. Prosecutor Stephanie Macumber requested five to seven days for the trial due to the likelihood of difficulties with communication since Carr is legally deaf. Carr denied the use of a sign-language interpreter since his attorney said Carr has difficulties fully understanding the language. Instead, a real time recorder was used, placed in front of him. A special hearing will be held on Oct. 12 at the request of Carr’s defense attorney to have four charges dismissed from the case, since they stem from Sacramento County and outside of Placer County’s jurisdiction, Balcom said. Carr remains in custody at Placer County Jail with bail set at $250,000. Toby Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.