Man gets probation for assault

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— A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and ordered to pay about $1,100 in restitution for sexually assaulting a woman last fall.

Sean Arnold Jacoby was given the punishment by 14th Judicial District Judge Richard P. Doucette after a hearing Monday morning.

Jacoby, who pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual assault in March, can have the conviction cleared from his record if he stays out of trouble for two years.

The plea agreement included the two-year deferred judgment.

Doucette also allowed for Jacoby to possess a firearm for hunting purposes only.

Along with the supervised probation, Jacoby will also have to register as a sex offender. He will no longer have to register as a sex offender in two years if he complies with his probation, said James Horner, Jacoby's lawyer.

Jacoby pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor for assaulting a 20-year-old woman during a hike at the Steamboat Ski Area last September.

Horner characterized the incident as a miscommunication.

"These were two kids," Horner said. "Sean was 19 and the woman was 20. She had never kissed a boy. Things got way beyond from where they knew they were going.

"When things started to progress, she did not tell him to stop.

"This was a misunderstanding."

Horner believes the incident would have been avoided had the woman told Jacoby that she was uncomfortable and upset about what happened.

Jacoby was arrested Sept. 23 after police were notified of the incident by a women's advocacy group.

During Monday's hearing, a friend, his employer and brother all spoke on Jacoby's behalf.

"Sean has been very remorseful for what he did," said Jacoby's brother, Jacyn. "This is a moral issue for him."

Jacoby spent 10 days in the Routt County Jail before he posted a $20,000 bond.

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