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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.

Frank Mark Sanchez, the former owner of downtown Bakersfield cocktail lounge The Green Room, is due in court this week for a status conference regarding a case in which he's charged with multiple felonies alleging he engaged in sex acts with a minor.

Sanchez, 54, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The status conference is set for Wednesday.

Court documents say both he and an ex-girlfriend, Tauney Lee Van Sickle, 32, admitted to investigators to engaging in sex acts with an 11-year-old girl. The alleged victim — whom Sanchez is accused of sexually abusing beginning when she was 5 — is now an adult.

The Green Room closed following Sanchez's arrest in December.

Van Sickle was working as a nurse at the time of her Dec. 27 arrest. The state Attorney General's Office has suspended her nursing license pending the outcome of the criminal case.

The two are scheduled to go to trial next month. 

While those two likely have months of additional court appearances, a 27-year-old man convicted of murder in a shooting near a Bakersfield medical marijuana shop may have his final court hearing Thursday, where he's set to be sentenced to life without parole. His attorney is expected to argue a motion for a new trial. 

On July 4, 2017, Troy Douglas Sanders hid behind a fence and waited for two people to leave the Mars Collective marijuana dispensary on Union Avenue around 2 a.m. As the victims attempted to leave the parking lot in a vehicle, Sanders fired 30 rounds from a handgun at them, according to prosecutors.

The shooting killed the driver, Michael Dorrough, and severely injured a second person. Prosecutors said the incident was gang-related. 

Sanders' co-defendant, Rudolph Romels Gibson III, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 30. 

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