Deal struck in case against ex-Montrose DA Serra
A plea agreement has been reached in the sexual misconduct criminal case of former 7th Judicial District Attorney Myrl Serra, The Daily Sentinel has learned. Joyce Bailey, division clerk for Mesa County Chief Judge David Bottger, said she didn’t know the terms of the agreement, but that the paperwork is expected to be filed with Bottger during a plea hearing scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Montrose County Justice Center.
According to Montrose County court records, Bottger last Thursday issued an order scheduling today’s plea hearing. The order was handed down following a telephone conference Thursday involving all sides of the case.
Serra, 49, is scheduled for a jury trial starting Oct. 31 after pleading not guilty to allegations of sexual misconduct involving women in his office.
Serra is being held at the Montrose County Jail, where the former prosecutor revoked his own bond on Sept. 6 after a jury convicted him on charges he intimidated a woman who is a potential witness against him in the sexual misconduct case.
The woman, who had worked under Serra in the District Attorney’s office, testified that Serra approached her Dec. 5 at Bealls Department Store, 2201 S. Townsend Ave., and stared at her in an intimidating way as she hid behind a clothing rack.
Serra, who testified in his own defense, denied wrongdoing.
A Montrose jury on Aug. 31 convicted Serra on a felony charge of violating bail-bond conditions and misdemeanor counts of harassment and violation of a protection order.
Serra was arrested in September 2010 on suspicion of unlawful sexual contact with force, criminal extortion, indecent exposure and official misconduct.
One of Serra’s accusers testified during a preliminary hearing that her boss cornered her inside his office in April 2010, grabbed her breast and forced her to touch his genitals.
He was free on $5,000 bond at the time of the encounter Dec. 5 at the department store.