Attorney Josh Kolsrud Comments to ABC 15 About Ongoing Investigation of James Estep


August 23, 2023 - ABC 15 News - Tempe AZ

James Estep, a Mesa man accused of multiple rapes, was again taken into custody by Mesa police on new charges of kidnapping and sexual assault after charges against him were dismissed in July by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office (MCAO), citing a lack of evidence.


In an ABC 15 News report, Federal Defense Attorney Josh Kolsrud questioned the decision to release Estep back in July, stating that there was enough evidence, including DNA from multiple victims, to prosecute him.


The news report highlights the frustrations surrounding the handling of the case, with Kolsrud expressing disbelief at the number of women who need to be victimized before action is taken. He stresses the severity of the crimes and the need for perpetrators like Estep to face the consequences of their actions. On the other hand, County Attorney Rachel Mitchell defended her decision to dismiss the charges, explaining that they required additional information to prove the case and were collaborating with Mesa police on the investigation.


ABC 15 News also touched upon Estep's history with the Mesa Police, his resistance during arrest, and the visible injuries sustained by the teenage victim in the recent assault. It underscores the importance of thorough investigation and evidence collection in prosecuting cases of sexual assault, as well as the critical role of law enforcement and prosecutors in seeking justice for victims.


As the case of James Estep unfolds, it serves as a stark reminder of the complexities and challenges in addressing cases of serial rape and violence against women. It calls for a collective effort to hold perpetrators accountable, protect the vulnerable, and ensure that justice is served for survivors of sexual assault.


Read the full ABC 15 News report at