Suspect pleads innocent to assault, kidnapping


— A 51-year-old Loveland man pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault and one count of kidnapping for allegedly kidnapping and raping an Oak Creek man.

District Judge Joel Thompson set a two-and-a-half-day trial for Feb. 26, and it will be heard in front of a 12-person jury.

Thompson also set the motions hearing for Feb. 14 and a pretrial conference for Feb. 21.

The suspect allegedly forced the victim into his van and sexually assaulted him in September. The victim told investigators the suspect, who was living in his van in Oak Creek at the time, pulled him into the passenger's seat in the early hours of Sept. 8 and drove to a remote location in Routt County.

The assault allegedly occurred in a secluded area before the suspect drove the victim back to Oak Creek and dropped him off.

The suspect told investigators he did not have sex with the victim and the victim's allegations are not true.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has conducted lab tests on evidence taken from the victim and the suspect.

The Loveland man is being held in the Routt County Jail on a $50,000 bond.


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