Preliminary hearing moved after parolee posts bail

Updated: 10/01/2013 @ 9:42 p.m.

Deputy Guerrero said he is not surprised that Saighe made bail while on parole but couldn’t speculate on why.

“There’s a lot going on behind it.  We have to let the judicial system work,” Guerrero said.

Saighe’s convictions carried a total of four years in state prison with 868 days of credit served, according to Shiara Davila-Morales at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

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The parolee who was arrested on campus earlier this month for an assault in a classroom posted bail and was released from Twin Towers Correctional Facility on Sept. 27, the same day he was expected in court for his preliminary hearing.

Wearing all orange, Branden Saighe, 27, arrived in the courtroom for his hearing at approximately 9:20 a.m. carrying a bag of belongings and having posted bail roughly two hours earlier.

Saighe, a non-Pierce College student, had made threats to a professor and tried to take over a communications class in the Village, prompting an arrest from officers at the campus sheriff’s station.

Saighe’s bail had originally been set at $85,000.

While the investigating officer on the case was unable to attend, Pierce’s officers were represented in the courtroom by two deputies, including Senior Deputy Al Guerrero.

The hearing has been moved to Wednesday, Oct. 2, and Saighe now reports to agent Robert Schulz in Antelope Valley.

Saighe had previously been convicted of forgery and identity theft from a 2009 check fraud scheme targeting college students in the San Fernando Valley area.

See the original article on the arrest here: