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Fontana hazing case: Teen suspect kept in jail

Fernando Salgado, 18, is seen in court in this file photo. Salgado is accused of sexually hazing his classmates at A.B. Miller High School in Fontana.

July 9, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Fontana teen accused of sexually hazing his fellow high school classmates was hoping to get out of jail Monday. Instead, 18-year-old Fernando Salgado remains behind bars.

The defense asked a judge to release Salgado, saying the teen had no prior convictions and was not a flight risk. However, the judge denied the request and was only willing to reduce bail from $300,000 to $200,000.

Salgado's family was present in court. The bailiff warned the family they would be removed if there were any outbursts. The warning was in direct response to the teen's emotional outburst at an initial court appearance last month, during which Salgado cried out to his family when it was time to return to jail. Relatives were outraged at how deputies led him away in handcuffs.

Salgado is charged with attempted sodomy and false imprisonment stemming from an in-class incident at A.B. Miller High School in Fontana. Salgado's family said he was simply rough housing and is not guilty.

Salgado's mother would not comment upon leaving court Monday, but his sister, whose name was not given, spoke to ABC7 in her brother's defense.

"My brother should be free, he does not deserve this," she said. "He is doing fine, he just wants to come home." The sister would not answer if the family could come up with the lowered bail amount.

Salgado's preliminary hearing is set for next week.