Bridges asks to withdraw guilty plea, replace his lawyer

April 16, 2014
Santa Paula News

A Santa Paula man who in recent weeks pled guilty to charges of committing lewd acts on a child filed a motion last week to withdraw his initial guilty plea and swap out his legal representative.

Paul Anthony Bridges, 41, appeared before Ventura County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Bennett Wednesday and filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea; he also asked to replace his attorney with lawyer Matt Bromund.

Bridges was charged with two counts of a felony lewd act upon a child with special enhancements.

Unrelated to the other charges, Bridges, a gun dealer and longtime Army Reservist, also faces three charges of grand theft of a firearm.

According to court records, the alleged lewd acts occurred on or about July 1, 2011, and the incident involving the firearm occurred on or about April 1, 2011.

Bridges initially was charged with two counts of committing a lewd act on a child, oral copulation of a person under 14, dissuading a witness from reporting a crime and enhancements for substantial sexual contact, court records show.

With his guilty plea to the charges, Bridges could have faced six years in prison.

Bridges is due back in court April 30, when his motion to withdraw the guilty plea will be discussed.

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