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LEXINGTON — A Lexington man accused of two counts of sexual assault is seeking new legal counsel as a trial date has been set for the cases.

Elbin Perez-Manchame, 27, is accused of allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old child and 15-year-old child on two separate occasions in 2018.

Perez-Manchame appeared before Judge James Doyle in Dawson County District Court on Wednesday with his lawyer, Derek Terwey for a pre-trial hearing. Perez-Manchame communicated through a Spanish interpreter.

Terwey initially indicated Perez-Manchame wished to waive the right to a jury trial, and have both cases tried as a bench trail separately. When Judge Doyle began to explain the conditions of a bench trial, Perez-Manchame asked for time to speak with his lawyer.

After a brief recess, Perez-Manchame indicated he intended to find new legal counsel, but didn’t name a replacement.

Judge Doyle moved ahead and scheduled a jury trial on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Perez-Manchame must return to court on Friday, Nov. 22 for another pre-trial hearing. The bond was continued with all previous stipulations.

The charges stem from two instances in 2018. On Oct. 28, 2018 Perez-Manchame had agreed to purchase alcohol and meet with a 14-year-old child in rural Dawson County. Perez-Manchame picked up the minor from their home and drove to a minimum maintenance road. The charges indicated sexual penetration without consent, according to court documents.

In a second case, on Oct. 31, 2018 a 15-year-old child told Lexington Police officers she had been sexually assaulted by Perez-Manchame, according to court documents.

During a Family Advocacy Network interview, the 15-year-old said four or five months ago they had received messages from Perez-Manchame. After initially ignoring the messages, they eventually responded and met with Perez-Manchame.

Perez-Manchame took the 15-year-old back to his residence where court documents allege sexual penetration without consent.

Perez-Manchame was booked into the Dawson County Jail on Nov. 5, 2018 for two counts of first degree sexual assault of a child, Class 1B felonies. He is currently lodged in the jail, bond is still set at ten percent of $50,000.

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