Perkins likely to spend holidays behind bars

COQUILLE, Ore.-- A man accused of sexually molesting two young girls in Bandon has waived his right to a speedy trial.

Steven Perkins is accused of molesting two girls under the age of 12.

Under the advice his defense attorney, the Coos County District Attorney's office and Judge Michael Gillespie, Perkins waived his right to a speedy trial Tuesday morning.

"These are serious charges, and it would be wise if your counsel had more time to look into them," Gillespie told Perkins on Tuesday.

State law gives people accused of severe crimes and charges, like the ones Perkins is facing, the option of having a jury trial within 60 days of being arrested. However, Perkins believes that in giving his attorney more time to develop a case, arguments at any upcoming trial will be stronger and better prepared to defend him rather than remarks that could be given at a trial that would take place within 60 days of his arrest.

The district attorney's office did not object to the extension of time.

Perkins will remain in jail as a defense is being built and more evidence is being collected. He is likely to remain in jail through Thanksgiving, and if he can not make bail, he will remain in jail through Christmas and New Years.

Perkins' bail is set at $500,000. He is facing multiple Measure 11 offenses including rape, sexual abuse and sodomy charges.