Alleged sex offender in court; case continued

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A 46-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a child as a person in a position of trust appeared in court Wednesday. His case was continued for another week.

The man, who was arrested in Texas, appeared in Routt County Court where Judge James Garrecht granted a request to continue his case until March 24.

The man's bond is set at $100,000, and his lawyer, Ralph Cantafio, said the man likely would remain in the Routt County Jail during the court proceedings.

Cantafio asked for the continuance so he could work out financial issues that have come up during a simultaneous divorce case.

The Steamboat Springs Police Department issued a warrant for the man's arrest in November, after a girl reported the case to an authority in a Steamboat Springs school.

The man was found 2 1/2 months later when he was stopped for a traffic violation in Galveston, Texas. The man was brought to the Routt County Jail on March 2.

Also in court Wednesday, a 33-year-old Steamboat man who was arrested on suspicion of running down the street with a gun had his case bound over to District Court.

John Michael Gould appeared in district court Wednesday on two counts of possession of a Schedule II substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. His first appearance in district court is set for May 17.

Gould reportedly was having a physical argument with his roommates when he ran out of his house in the 3400 block of Stone Lane and into his neighbor's house with a gun in hand, police reported.

A neighbor saw Gould running down the street about 8 a.m. Feb. 1 and called police. After police confronted Gould, he took the officers back to his house where they found drug paraphernalia, the report stated.

The police indicated they found cocaine residue in a smoking device, a pipe, bongs and a smoking device for crystal meth.

Also in court Wednesday was Wallace Gordon Wright, a 54-year-old Rock Springs, Wyo., man charged with second-degree motor vehicle theft. His case was continued to March 24, and a preliminary hearing was set for April 7.

Wright told Garrecht he would be willing to accept the district attorney's offer of pleading guilty to theft by receiving and having a felony dropped if he could serve his sentence concurrently with a two-year sentence he is serving in Wyoming.

On Feb. 27, the Colorado State Patrol stopped Wright for speeding and discovered the 2002 Chevrolet pickup he was driving had been reported stolen in Rock Springs that day.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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