Earlier cases raise man's bond

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A judge Monday increased the bond amount of a Wheat Ridge man jailed on drug charges because he had two prior felony convictions for sexual assault, deputy District Attorney Tammy Jenson said Monday.

One of the convictions was for assaulting a child, Jenson said.

During an advisement hearing at the Routt County Courthouse, Jenson said Jon Atencio, 32, was convicted in 1993 of sexual assault on a child in Adams County and in 1995 of sexual assault in Jefferson County. Jenson said Atencio pleaded guilty in both cases and spent four years in custody.

Judge James Garrecht raised Atencio's bail from $20,000 to $35,000 at the hearing about drug charges stemming from a Saturday encounter with police.

Steamboat Springs police Sgt. Nick Bosick reported finding numerous drugs in a Honda Civic occupied by Atencio and Kyle Fredin, 22, at Second and Pine streets at about 1:20 a.m.

The men, who are said to be roommates, were sleeping in the car, Bosick reported.

Bosick said he was warning the men it was illegal to sleep overnight in a car, when he noticed a jar on the car's middle console and questioned the men about it.

Bosick searched the car and reported finding two containers of marijuana, one-eighth of an ounce of psilocybin mushrooms, and several prescription medications including pain relievers Oxycodone and Hydrocodone.

Atencio and Fredin were charged with possession of a Schedule 1 controlled substance, possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fredin has two prior traffic misdemeanors, Jenson said. His bail remained at $20,000.

Atencio could face mandatory sentencing of four to 12 years if he is convicted, Jenson said.

The next court appearance for both men is 1 p.m. Wednesday.

-- Pilot & Today staff writer Alexis DeLaCruz

contributed to this article.

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