Area briefs for March 28

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Hayden teen slapped with 10 days in jail

A 19-year-old Hayden man who was sentenced in the branding of four Hayden teens had his deferred judgment extended to March 2009 as part of a deal he reached with the District Attorney's Office.

Willy Najera was sentenced in August 2006 to serve five days in jail and two years of unsupervised probation for his role in the March 2006 branding of four teenage boys at an unsupervised party where alcohol was present. He also was ordered to read a book about hazing and write letters off apology to the four families of the boys who were branded with a heated coat hanger.

At his August sentencing, Najera was ordered to refrain from consuming alcohol and to abide by a restraining order barring him from having any contact with those involved in the branding incident. However, Najera was arrested in December at a Hayden party where alcohol was present.

During the court hearing Tuesday, Najera was sentenced to serve 10 days in jail and perform 24 hours of community service. His deferred judgment also was extended two years.

Sex case heads to trial

A 22-year-old Steamboat Springs man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting a teenage girl and providing her alcohol. The man's case is scheduled for a four-day trial beginning Oct. 9 in Routt County District Court.

The man pleaded not guilty to all three counts he is facing including felony sexual assault on a child under 15 with force, felony sexual assault on a child under 15 without force and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Steamboat Springs attorney Charles Feldmann, who is representing the man, said the man was arrested in October on suspicion of sexually assaulting a teenage girl he met a downtown Steamboat Springs bar.

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