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Trujillo will stand trial in Mora case

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By Mercy López and Dave Kavanaugh

Charles E. Trujillo, who allegedly used faked credentials to become superintendent of the Mora Independent Schools in 2015, will face multiple criminal charges in district court, a judge has decided.

Judge Christopher Anthony Baca, out of Santa Rosa, bound the case over for trial after a five-hour preliminary hearing Friday in magistrate court.

Trujillo is charged with fraud and seven counts of forgery – all second-degree felonies – in connection with this particular case. He is also facing a petty misdemeanor charge in this case for false application.

Trujillo resigned in October 2015 on the heels of an investigative report by the Optic and a subsequent probe by state agencies. He is currently facing about 20 criminal charges in three different cases. San Miguel Magistrate Judge Christian Montaño sent the other two cases to district court for trial.

The prosecution side, led by Tom Clayton, called several witnesses to testify during Friday’s hearing, including Trujillo’s uncle George, who was chairman of the school board that hired him. Defense attorney Sam Bregman did not have any witnesses for Friday’s hearing.

See Wednesday’s Optic for full coverage of this hearing.