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Sex Trafficking Defendant Diaz Denied Bond After Valdez Has His Revoked By Judge Gardephe

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 18 – Charged with advertising sex for money with a child in the Fordham section of The Bronx, Michael Valdez and Ryan Diaz were first presented on November 12 before Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

  Valdez was offered bail that day, vacated and remained three days later by District Judge Paul G. Gardephe, see below.

  Now on November 18, Magistrate Judge Parker's successor in the Mag Court, Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn, denied bond to Ryan Diaz despite the arguments of his counsel James Matthew Branden. The impact on the decision of District Judge Gardephe's November 15 decision is not yet known. Later on November 18 Judge Netburn remanded defendant Miguel Nivar until a home visit could be made, while allowing another defendant named Lin, without docket number, to be immediately released on bond.

   Inner City Press, the only media in the SDNY Magistrates Court for this proceeding on November 12 was in the gallery with family and supporters of the defendants, who said they were from 184th Street by Ryer Avenue.

   The complaint describes the Victim held and beaten in an apartment "near 184th Street," and advertised online.

    Judge Parker admonished the defendants that they could not take out such ads while out on bond, or ask others to take out such ads for them. Michael Valdez was ordered released on $50,000 bond, when conditions were met (see below). Ryan Diaz, with CJA counsel James Branden, was detained with consent. The case is US v. Valdez and Robles, 19-mj-10616 (Parker).

  On November 15, District Judge Paul G. Gardephe conducted a de novo review and vacated Magistrate Judge Parker's order; he ordered Valdez remanded to detention.

  Before the proceeding began, Valdez told a child in the gallery, again with Inner City Press the only media present, "Daddy will be home soon, don't worry."

  Then the government and Judge Gardephe recited the allegations in the complaint: pursuing the victim with a gun and a syringe, fleeing to Pennsylvania and buying ammunition in a Wal-Mart, running across roofs in the Bronx. Then there were the four separate complaints of domestic violence against Valdez this year.

  Valdez' Federal Defender pointed out that those charged had been dropped. Judge Gardephe vacated Judge Parker's order, leaving the wiggle room that he did it become the idea of Valdez staying with his mother rather than the domestic violence complainant changed things.

  But he did not invite a new application. Then again, Gardephe did this as the "Part I" judge, so perhaps another District Judge will get the Federal Defenders' re-application for release on bond. Watch this site.


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