Man pleads not guilty in sexual assault case

Judge denies request to lower $100K bond

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— A 50-year-old registered sex offender pleaded not guilty Tuesday to allegations he sexually assaulted a teenage boy last Thanksgiving.

Van Barton Bomgardner faces charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and sexual assault. Bomgardner reportedly supplied alcohol to a teenage boy and then engaged in a sex act with him during a Nov. 23 gathering at a mutual friend's home.

Routt County District Court Judge Shelley Hill set the three-day trail to begin July 16.

Also during Tuesday's hearing, Hill rejected public defen-der Trevor McFee's request to lower Bomgardner's bond from $100,000 to $12,000.

Deputy District Attorney Andy Heyl opposed the reduction, citing Bomgardner's past criminal history.

Bomgardner has been convicted of two other sex crimes involving minors, he said.

Heyl told Hill that lowering the man's bond would reduce the chances he will return to court. Bomgardner, Heyl said, may "spend the rest of his life in prison."

"It's a great incentive that he'd be better off trying to hide out and not come to trial or court," he said. "Obviously he's a danger to this community."

McFee argued that Bom-gardner has strong ties to the community because of the amount of time he has lived and worked in the Yampa Valley, and that Bomgardner would return for his court dates.

Bomgardner is scheduled to appear in Routt County District Court for an evidentiary motions hearing May 22 and a pre-trial conference July 11, before the July 16 trial begins.

-To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

vic 7 years, 1 month ago

For crimes against children, I am in favor of the death penalty.

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vic 7 years, 1 month ago

Did you copy mine too? I read Davinci's post when it came up - I didn't see anything in it that an attorney would be interested in. Your obsession with Davinci is getting scary. I am beginning to think you are mentally ill.

Now the reason for my post - I read this article this morning and think it is a grand idea. I think the "Drunk" license plates is also a good idea and seems to be working well:

"Ohio Mulls License Plates for Sex Offenders

CINCINNATI (March 1) - Lawmakers in Ohio said on Wednesday they want to force convicted sex offenders to use a fluorescent-green license plate on their cars so they can be easily identified.

A Republican and a Democrat in the state legislature have joined forces to propose the law, which echoes measures in several U.S. states that require convicted drunken drivers to use a yellow, pink or red plate on their cars.

"The fluorescent-green license plate will make the most egregious sex offenders easily identifiable," state Democratic Rep. Michael DeBose said in a statement.

Police said the green plates would allow them to track sex offenders, who are already required to register with the local sheriff's office and are prohibited from living within 1,000 feet of a school.

"It will give Ohio families a great peace of mind knowing that their children will be able to recognize where this danger exists," Summit County Sheriff Drew Alexander said.

Opponents of the proposed law argue the use of a special plate would stigmatize everyone who shared the offender's car -- including their spouse or children.

The proposed law will be debated in committee before a decision is made whether to put the proposal to a vote."

03-01-07 07:49 EST

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CoJustice 7 years, 1 month ago

I agree, your threats for action and retaliation is more bothersome. I don't recall anyone threatening to take action against your "freedom of speech". I admire her courage, and enjoy her posts. And quit trying to drag her husband and the SSPD into it. It's like blaming your family for your opinion and the way you think. Do we need to take a look at your family's occupation and company, and hold them responsible for your posts? You're ridiculous.

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JazzSlave 7 years, 1 month ago

Abusers of children tend to have a rough go in the big house. With any luck, a fellow inmate will send him the way of Dahmer. The perp would get a big "attaboy" from me.

Gonna call the lawyer now, boo?

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Gladys 7 years, 1 month ago

Actually, I would prefer to see some sort of torture first. I cannot believe that ANYone would stand in defense of a child molester...unless of course they are mentally ill themselves. Personally, I cannot even dream of a punishment harsh enough for a crime against a child.

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