Steamboat Springs A Routt County man was sentenced to two years of supervised probation Wednesday after pleading no contest to a reduced charge of misdemeanor indecent exposure.
Clint Dewil Earle, 33, was arrested in October on suspicion of forcing a young girl to touch him inappropriately during separate incidents at his home in unincorporated Routt County. Five felony counts of sexual assault by someone in a position of trust were dropped as part of the plea agreement.
The victim's family has moved several times during the course of the investigation and hasn't participated in the investigation since the incidents were reported, Routt County Judge James Garrecht said Wednesday. The investigation was "inconclusive, at worst," Garrecht said, noting that Earle agreed to plead no contest to avoid the cost of going to trial.
In addition to serving two years of supervised probation and paying a $200 fine plus court costs and fees, Earle will have to register as a sex offender and complete a sex offender evaluation and treatment program. Earle also will have to abide by numerous other conditions, including not accessing the Internet and avoiding contact of any kind with children younger than 18 without the prior approval of his case managers.
At the recommendation of the probation department, which completed a pre-sentence investigation, Earle will be allowed to retain custody of his child since he is not considered a sexually violent predator, Garrecht said.
Garrecht suspended Earle's six-month jail sentence, pending successful completion of his probation.
Sexual assault case continued Wednesday
A 52-year-old Oregon man suspected of sexually assaulting a California boy in Steamboat Springs in December 2006 had his case continued in Routt County Court on Wednesday. The man and his Denver attorney, Dru Nielsen, participated by telephone for the status conference.
The man is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy in a vehicle while driving from Denver to Steamboat Springs and repeatedly at a Steamboat Springs home during the visit. The Steamboat Springs Police Department initiated their investigation when the alleged assaults were first reported to local law enforcement.
The man was charged with sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust with a pattern of sexual abuse, a Class 3 felony punishable by up to 12 years in jail and $750,000 in fines.
The man was arrested Jan. 31 in Portland and released from Multnomah County Jail on Feb. 1 on $50,000 bond. He was extradited to Colorado and booked into Routt County Jail on Feb. 12. He was released later that day on $10,000 bail.
The man is due to appear in court for a status conference at 2:30 p.m. April 2.