Hearing Date Set for Ex-Con in Vegas Candy-Child Sex Case

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Jose Azucena (Credit: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
Jose Azucena (Credit: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas judge scheduled a Feb. 3 preliminary hearing for a 63-year-old ex-convict accused of offering candy to lure little girls into his apartment and committing sex acts with them.

Jose Azucena stood shackled in court Monday with a Spanish-language translator, and didn’t speak during his brief date-setting hearing.

He’s being held without bail on 10 felony charges including child sexual assault, lewdness and kidnapping — which could get him life in state prison if he’s convicted.

Police are trying to determine how many children may have been lured with promises of candy into Azucena’s apartment at a complex east of downtown Las Vegas.

Records show that Azucena served time in California state prison after he was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced in May 1991 in Los Angeles County.

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