Trial set for man accused of attacking hotel housekeeper

WOODSTOCK — After the grand jury submitted indictments, a bench trial was set Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court in the case involving a Butner, North Carolina, man accused of sexually attacking a hotel housekeeper in April.

A grand jury indicted Refugio Zermeno-Camarena, 23, on charges of attempted sodomy and abduction with the intent to defile, stemming from him allegedly holding the housekeeper against her will inside a hotel room’s bathroom and attacking her.

Zermeno-Camarena is also facing two counts of sexual battery and an assault and battery charge, all supplementary misdemeanor charges, from the other two times he is accused of attacking the victim within the same day.

His attorney, Richard Morgan, who was retained rather than appointed, told the court that Zermeno-Camarena has an immigration matter that is “impeding” bond on the charges, so he continues to be held without bond in Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail as he awaits trial.

Zermeno-Camarena waived his right to a jury trial through a translator, and a bench trial was set for Aug. 25 in Shenandoah County Circuit Court. An intervening date to hear pre-trial motions was set for Aug. 16 in the same court.

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