By Michael G. Stogner
Unfortunately the Public is Not allowed to Listen to the court appearance. San Mateo County Superior Court of California has cancelled all Public Telephone Access to all Courtrooms as of November 22, 2021. The Public is welcome and encouraged to attend in Person. Courtroom 2A Time 1:30PM
San Mateo County News.com confirmed yesterday that this new policy was authorized by Court Executive Officer, Neal Taniguchi. Why? Is the Pandemic over?
Summary: On August 2, 2021, Sheriff’s Office Detectives started investigating a case involving an 11-year-old child who was sexually assaulted on 3 different occasions by a family friend. He was identified as suspect Michael Banister from El Granada, CA. The sexual assaults took place near his residence while he was babysitting the child.
On August 31, 2021, Detectives obtained a $500,000 arrest warrant for Banister for the above sexual assault charges. Shortly after the warrant was issued, Bannister was placed under arrest by Deputies from the Coastside Patrol Bureau without incident. Banister has a lengthy criminal history from Oregon and had recently moved to El Granada within the past 2 years.