BREAKING: People file motion to dismiss Alaimo case

The Seventh Judicial District has filed a motion to dismiss the Joseph Alaimo sexual assault case. The motion will be considered at a hearing scheduled March 14.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

by Dalton Carver

UPDATE: A judge will make a determination on the People's motion to dismiss the case at a hearing scheduled for March 8 at 3:30 at the Ouray County Courthouse. 

With one of the alleged victims dropping her involvement in a sexual assault case against Ridgway resident Joseph Alaimo, the Seventh Judicial District announced late Monday afternoon it has filed a motion to dismiss the criminal case. The case, which involved sexual assault allegations from two women in two different incidents, was previously set for trial mid-March. Alaimo, a former business owner and columnist for the Plaindealer, is charged with second degree assault – drugging a victim; sexual assault –victim incapable of appraising conditions; and sexual assault on a helpless victim. The final decision by the court on the motion, as well as opportunities for the accusers to state their positions on the announcement, will be at a hearing scheduled March 14 at 10 a.m. at the Montrose County Justice Center.

“People determined they cannot prevail in the prosecution of Mr. Alaimo,” reads the press release from the district attorney’s office. “All cases that include a charge of sexual assault are complicated and the process can be extremely difficult for the victim, our partners in law enforcement and these witnesses.”

Despite the decision to dismiss, the district attorney’s office said it will continue to prosecute and investigate allegations of sexual assault in the communities it serves.

For the full story on the case dismissal, see the March 8 Plaindealer.