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Cain Velasquez plea hearing postponed; civil lawsuit filed against Harry Goularte alleging sexual assault of a minor child

Cain Velasquez will wait until August 19 for the plea hearing in his attempted murder case in California. Meanwhile, a civil lawsuit has been filed against Harry Goularte, the man accused of sexually assaulting the former UFC heavyweight champion’s son.

The latest delay in Velasquez’s criminal case comes with another scheduled August 5 court date for motion hearings ahead of his formal plea hearing two weeks later.

Velasquez is currently being held without bail after allegedly participating in an 11-mile high-speed chase, firing multiple shots from a .40 caliber handgun at a car carrying Goularte, who was arrested and released after being accused of lewd acts with a minor child. Goularte later pleaded not guilty to the charges, but his release came against the prosecutor’s recommendation.

The chase ended after Velasquez allegedly shot Goularte’s stepfather, Paul Bender, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries before police arrested the retired fighter without incident.

As Velasquez continues to pursue his own criminal case, an extensive lawsuit has been filed against Goularte, his company Certified Custom Concrete, his mother Patricia Goularte, his company Patty’s Childcare, and against Bender. News of the lawsuit was first reported by TMZ.

The lawsuit, which identifies a four-year-old victim with the initials “CV” who was previously identified by Velasquez attorney Mark Geragos as Velasquez’s son, alleges general negligence, negligent hiring, supervision, detention, training and investigation, sexual assault and sexual misconduct/harassment.

According to lawsuit documents obtained by MMA Fighting, Goularte, who allegedly had “daily access” to children in care at his mother’s business, was sometimes alone with the victim in the bathroom and outdoor playroom. .

Goularte is accused of removing the victim’s clothing, touching the victim’s scrotum and penis, and exposing himself to the child. Goularte is accused of having done so “many times in 2021 and 2022”. The lawsuit also notes that the minor child “suffered serious injuries, including, but not limited to, severe emotional distress, humiliation, and embarrassment as a result of Goularte’s actions and conduct.” .

The lawsuit notes that Patty’s Childcare had previously been cited for “failure to supervise children attending daycare.”

The 13-page lawsuit was filed by attorneys Warren Paboojian and Jason Bell, who represent the minor child named in the lawsuit, and they seek general damages, special damages and specifically named punitive damages. against Goularte.

The first hearing in the lawsuit will be on September 6 for a case management conference. Goularte is due back in court for his criminal case on September 20 for a preliminary hearing.

If convicted of all charges, Goularte faces up to eight years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

As for Velasquez, he has remained in jail since his first arrest in February, with bail requests twice denied. Velasquez faces charges of attempted premeditated murder which carry a sentence of 20 years to life in prison if convicted.