Jury finds Hayden man guilty of sexual assault

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— A 55-year-old Hayden man may have escaped jail time in Jefferson County last year for sexually assaulting his step-granddaughter but he now faces at least 10 years in prison for assaulting the girl in Routt County.

Calvin Drennan was found guilty of sexual assaulting his step-granddaughter by a 12-member jury Tuesday afternoon.

Drennan was found guilty of sexual assault of a child by one in a position of trust as part of a pattern of sexual abuse, a class three felony.

The punishment for the crime is a mandatory 10 years in prison, said Charles Feldmann, who prosecuted the case.

Drennan will be sentenced by Judge Richard P. Doucette at 11 a.m. Jan. 16. The maximum sentence Judge Doucette could give Drennan is 32 years in prison.

Ralph Cantafio, Drennan's attorney, said he was disappointed with the verdict.

"I think the jury fairly and impartially listened to all the evidence and applied it to the law," Cantafio said. "We are now examining what our post-verdict options are."

After the verdict was rendered, Drennan was taken into custody by Routt County Sheriff's deputies.

The two-day jury trial concluded a case that started in 1999. In November of that year, Drennan was convicted of sexual assault against his step-granddaughter, who was 13 at the time.

Drennan was sentenced to 16 years in prison, which was suspended on the condition that he successfully complete 16 years of intensive supervised probation.

"We found out that he had been arrested in Jefferson County," Feldmann said. "We waited to see what would happen there."

When Drennan received probation for his guilty plea to sexual assault of a child, Feldmann began working on the case.

"I thought a sentence of probation in Jefferson County for molestation of his step-granddaughter was inappropriate," he said. "I did not believe it was an appropriate punishment."

After building a case against Drennan, Feldmann filed charges against the man Feb. 9, 2000.

"We decided to charge Drennan for crimes that occurred in Routt County," he said.

Feldmann presented to the jury evidence that showed Drennan sexually assaulted the girl in Hayden on two occasions in 1998 once in October and a second time in December.

Drennan was initially arrested in February 1999 after the parents of the girl overheard a conversation between the two detailing sexual activities.

The victim told police she knew of four instances when the man she knew as a grandfather touched her inappropriately and told her to touch him. She said the first two incidents occurred in the fall of 1998 in Broomfield, when the defendant was staying in her family's house.

The other instances occurred at Drennan's Hayden home in the winter when the family stayed with him.

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