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Pair accused of keeping girl in metal box due in court Friday
Pair accused of keeping girl in metal box due in court Friday

Two men accused of cultivating marijuana and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl they allegedly kept in a metal box were assigned defense attorneys this week and are due back in court Friday. Ryan Alan Balletto, 30, and Patrick Steven Pearmain, 25, appeared in a San Francisco federal court Wednesday. The Lake County Sheriff's Office said in a statement last weekend that the girl was sexually assaulted repeatedly during her captivity. In court documents unsealed this month prosecutors allege the pair forced the girl to “trim,” or cut up, their marijuana for drying. The two were arrested on suspicion of unlawful intercourse with a minor under 16 years of age,...

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