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Archived photo of Tauney Lee Van Sickle and Frank Mark Sanchez, in 2008, at the soft opening of The Rocket Cafe coffee house at 19th and Eye streets. Both are now charged with sex crimes.

Defense attorneys and the prosecution agreed in court Wednesday not to speak with the media regarding a case in which a former bar owner and nurse are charged with engaging in sex acts with a child. 

While Judge Michael G. Bush did not issue a gag order in the case, defense lawyers Paul Cadman and David A. Torres, and prosecutor Alexandria Ottoman, told the judge they will not comment on the case going forward.

Cadman is the public defender for Frank Mark Sanchez, the former owner of the downtown cocktail lounge the Green Room, which closed following his arrest in December. Sanchez is accused by the alleged victim, who's now an adult, of engaging in sex acts with her for years, beginning when she was 5 years old.

Police said in court documents Sanchez admitted to the abuse. He said there are no other victims.

Torres represents the nurse, Tauney Lee Van Sickle, who dated Sanchez years ago and was filmed engaging in sex acts with the alleged victim when the girl was 11 years old, according to court documents.

Police said Van Sickle admitted to committing the acts to make money for a "sex blog" Sanchez was running. She told investigators the girl was jealous of her, and the two of them fought for Sanchez's attention.

The state attorney general's office in January suspended Van Sickle's nursing license pending the outcome of the criminal case. 

Previously, Van Sickle and Sanchez appeared in court on separate dates, but on Wednesday their cases were called together. The charges against them were filed separately, but they are both due in court on the same dates for upcoming hearings and it appears they'll be tried together. 

Bush set a trial date of Aug. 13 for the two. Cadman estimated the trial will last three months. 

Jason Kotowski can be reached at 661-395-7491. Follow him on Twitter @tbcbreakingnews.

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