No charges filed by Inyo DA in Solorio investigation

Inyo County District Attorney news release

Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy announced today that, having carefully evaluated the information from the Bishop Police Department’s supplemental investigation, no criminal charges will be filed against Eugenio Solorio.

Mr. Solorio was arrested by the Bishop Police Department on April 22, 2019 on charges relating to committing lewd acts with a minor.  At that time, the District Attorney’s office declined to file charges and referred the case for further investigation.  That investigation has been completed, and it is still the judgment of the District Attorney that there is not sufficient evidence to file criminal charges.

“A prosecutor has both a legal and ethical obligation to file criminal charges only if he or she believes, after review of the legally admissible evidence, including reasonably foreseeable defenses, that a reasonable and objective jury would find a suspect guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  That is a high burden of proof that we take very seriously, and which we do not believe can be met at this time.  If new or additional information becomes available the case can be reconsidered, but I understand that the Bishop PD has concluded its active investigation,” said Hardy.

Even though the active investigation has been concluded, anyone with any information regarding the case is encouraged to contact the Bishop Police Department.

The legal standard for an arrest is much different than that for a conviction.  The arrest in this case was made based on probable cause after a forensic interview was conducted by trained law enforcement officials.   Additionally, a search warrant based on this probable cause was subsequently issued by a judge and served by the Bishop Police Department.  The Bishop PD also conducted substantial follow-up investigation.

The public is reminded that a criminal investigation does not attempt to address issues of potential civil liability, nor administrative or policy violations, all of which are subject to lower standards of proof.



5 Responses to No charges filed by Inyo DA in Solorio investigation

  1. David Dennison August 5, 2019 at 3:07 pm #

    Isn’t that the way the court and judicial system are supposed to work ?….evidence of a crime,an arrest,and then onto trial if warranted…the people that are crying foul and thinking this guy has been “picked on ” are the same people that,if Law Enforcement got wind of these alleged allegations and didn’t swiftly act with an arrest,getting him off the streets,they’d be saying they were sitting on their hands,either doing nothing about it or should’ve acted quicker…in fact,from what I remember a while back with the very first story about this guy and the charges filed against him,I can remember some posters here right away calling for his head…..

  2. Old Timer August 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm #

    I just watched a documentary about the McMartin Preschool case, talk about destroyed lives. The kids in that case were also interviewed by a “forensically trained” therapist.
    But what I am curious about, is why law enforcement personnel are allowed to post anything on social media that has to do with their jobs, especially open cases and investigations? Making comments on this website is about as close as I get to social media, so I don’t know what they said, but it seems to me that law enforcement should just “stick to the facts, ma’am” and not be trying their cases and tooting their own horns on Facebook, etc.
    If they want to talk about their personal lives, whatever.

  3. Blue Meany August 5, 2019 at 6:37 am #

    No one will be held accountable – the police hide and survive behind a curtain of qualified immunity, naïve public support, and propaganda.

  4. Concerned August 4, 2019 at 2:58 pm #

    What a travesty by bishop PD. They should be held accountable, really bad cop work. Patting their own backs on social media was horrifying too. Sickening.

  5. InyoLocal August 1, 2019 at 9:20 pm #

    Shouldn’t this homework been done prior to the arrest and trial by social media this man went through? His reputation and career are likely over due to this incident. If he’s guilty, hang him. But that’s not the case here, obviously. Not saying he is innocent, but he’s not guilty enough to file on.

    I hope the DA and investigating agencies feel comfortable with what they’ve done to this man.

    Sad also how this was blasted across social media platforms by Bishop PD etc. and now just this vague article saying he was released back in May, let alone the charges were dropped. <ore like character assassination.


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