Trial date set for Hayden man accused of sex assault on a child

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— A Hayden man charged with sexually abusing his step-granddaughter pleaded not guilty in District Court on Monday and asked for a jury trial to determine his fate. Judge Richard Doucette set the five-day trial to begin Dec. 11.

The 55-year-old man, who has already convicted of similar charges in Jefferson County, was arrested in February 1999 after the parents of the girl, who was then 13, overheard a conversation between the two detailing sexual activities.

The four felony charges against him in Routt County are enticement of a child, third-degree sexual assault of a child for exposing himself, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and sexual assault on a child as part of a pattern of sexual abuse.

The girl, now 15, lives in Broomfield with her parents and a sister. The victim's sister told police she has no sexual contact with the defendant.

The victim told police she knew of five instances when the man she knew as a grandfather touched her inappropriately and told her to touch him. She said the first two occurred in the fall of 1998 in Broomfield when the defendant was staying in her family's house. Three other instances allegedly occurred in the man's Hayden home in the winter of 1998-99 when the family stayed with him.

The Hayden man pleaded guilty to Jefferson County charges and was sentenced to 16 years in prison, which was suspended on the condition that he successfully complete 16 years of intensive supervised probation.

To reach Michelle Bales, call 871-4208 or e-mail mbales@amigo.net

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