Court appearance

Chase Black (right) is escorted from court Friday morning by a Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Adult Detention Center officer after appearing before Justice of the Peace Yolanda Torok.

Prosecutors with the Yuma County Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint Friday against the 32-year-old man who allegedly broke into a home early Monday morning in an attempt to molest two young children who resided there.

During his arraignment hearing in Yuma Justice Court, Chase Black was informed by Justice of the Peace pro tem Yolonda Torok that he was being charged with one count of burglary with a sexual motivation, which is a felony offense.

Attorney Theodore Abrams of the Yuma County Public Defenders Office, who was assisting Black for the purpose of the hearing, waived a formal reading of the complaint during the hearing.

When bond was addressed, Prosecutor James Eustace informed the court that his office did not oppose the $60,000 bond amount as currently set. But due to the nature of the offense asked that it be converted to a cash-only bond.

He added that Black has a trial scheduled to begin on Oct. 8 in which he has been charged with two felony counts of voyeurism.

When Judge Torok denied the request, Eustace then suggested that the court order Black be fitted with an ankle monitor if he makes bail, which would better allow the probation department to keep track of his whereabouts. She granted the request.

According to Yuma police, the incident happened Sept. 2 at approximately 2:20 a.m. when a man entered a residence in the 200 block of West George Street through a bedroom window.

While inside the bedroom he allegedly attempted to molest two juveniles under 10 years of age. YPD said the suspect was startled by a noise and fled the bedroom through the same window he had entered.

Officers went through the neighborhood trying to locate the suspect, who was not known to the family, but were unsuccessful.

The Yuma Police Department Child Family and Sex Crimes Unit investigated and later identified Chase Marshal Black as the suspect.

Black was arrested Tuesday at approximately 7:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of W, 3rd Street and booked into jail on two counts of child molestation, burglary and aggravated assault on a child.

According to Yuma police this is not Black’s first arrest for a sex crime related offense. He was arrested on March 1, 2019, on charges of voyeurism.

YPD encourages anyone with any information about this case to call Detective Almodova (928) 373-4781 or the Yuma Police Department at (928) 373-4700 or 78-Crime at (928) 782-7463 to remain anonymous.

James Gilbert can be reached at jgilbert@yumasun.com or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/YSJamesGilbert or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.

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