Man accused of sexual assault

Resident arrested on suspicion of attacking 14-year-old

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— The Steamboat Springs Police Department arrested a 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man Friday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl March 13 in his apartment at a local housing complex.

The man has been charged with second-degree kidnapping, a Class 2 felony; sexual assault on a child, a Class 3 felony; and sexual assault on a child, a Class 4 felony. The man has no prior criminal history, aside from traffic offenses and failing to appear for a court date on the Front Range, Det. Dave Kleiber said.

Police say the girl was playing with a tennis ball with a playmate in the housing complex's hallway at about 8:45 p.m. March 13 when the man approached her. The man grabbed her wrist and pulled her into his apartment, where the alleged assault took place, according to sworn police affidavits.

The man is accused of inappropriately touching the girl while holding her down on the bed, according to the affidavits.

The manager of the housing complex went upstairs to check on the kids and found the girl's playmate standing outside the man's apartment, according to the affidavits. When the manager began banging on the door, the man instructed the girl to hide in the bathroom and she complied, the affidavits state.

The man left after letting the manager into the unit, and the manager found the girl crying in the bathroom, according to the affidavits. After the girl told her what happened, the manager confronted the man in the lobby and punched him several times, according to the affidavits. The woman was not arrested.

Witnesses told police that during the altercation, the man was crying and trying to apologize. The man was thrown off the premises before police arrived, but he was located and arrested the next day.

The man has not acquired legal counsel, though a public defender is expected to be assigned to his case. He is due to appear in court for a bond hearing at 1 p.m. April 2.

- To reach Melinda Dudley, call 871-4203

or e-mail mdudley@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

dave reynolds 6 years, 9 months ago

my daughter is 13..if someone pulled that with her well they wouldn't make it to trial..props to the manager she is a hero..better than castration..put him in a grass hut nail his privates to stub give him a ballpin hammer and set the hut on fire

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id04sp 6 years, 9 months ago

Follow up:

The woman who beat the sex offender has been charged with assaut and is being held in the Routt County jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond.

The juvenile victim has been placed on house arrest pending investigation of conspiracy to solicit for prostitution.

Charges against the offender have been dropped, and he is going to Disney World with Judge Garrecht and Bonnie Resnick over Spring break.

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justathought 6 years, 9 months ago

Come on judge, all this man with no prior criminal history (except minor stuff) did was attack a child, shouldn't you have let him out on 1,000 bond by now?

Cudos lady, I hope you punched him where it would count!!

id04, that's one theory you put forth that I could really laugh about if parts of it didn't sound so close to possible.

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palemorningdunn 6 years, 9 months ago

Hey another case for Charles Feldmann!!!!! Go get those dollars Chuckie!

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justice4all 6 years, 9 months ago

P S to my above:

Our Officers an Deputies do a fantastic job here and I certainly did not mean to discredit them. Thanks to our law enforcement. Keep up the good work. We will have a real D A in the next election, hopefully a new staff and then we will see a positive change in justice rendered in our courts.

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another_local 6 years, 9 months ago

Too bad tar and feathers is not common practice any more...

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id04sp 6 years, 9 months ago

I give her plenty of credit for saving this girl from something worse.

We can rag on people all we want for getting themselves into a situation where they have to work 2 or 3 jobs to support their kids, but at least they are working to support their kids. We have to be pragmatic about the situations that exist here and today, and do what we can.

People sometimes fall on hard times for no fault of their own. You never know unless you get to know the people.

If there's a "where were the parents . . . " question in here, maybe people who are considering having a family and thinking they can provide adequate safety and support on ski town working wages might want to think where their prospective offspring will be at the age of 14 if things don't pan out economically for the family.

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id04sp 6 years, 9 months ago

Judges have the power to reject plea bargains.

They are equally as responsible for releasing people with light sentences resulting from plea bargains.

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nativegirl 6 years, 9 months ago

All I can say is while the manager's method was maybe not "politically correct" (making the poor guy cry) considering our current societal attitudes, it seems a disgrace to me that we've come to the point where we would have to say charges were even considered at all for someone who cared enough to put concerns for their personal safety aside and who successfully managed to rescue a child from a sexual predator! As a police officer, I understand the law, and do uphold it. And I never recommend anyone endangering themselves when a crime is in progress....... Having said that, when anyone puts themself in harm's way to protect a kid, they deserve a medal at the very least.

To the manager who stopped the assault singlehandedly, apparently without hesitation or concern for your own safety, great job! You have my highest respect and in my book, at least, you are a true hero!

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betamikeiski 6 years, 9 months ago

Seriously...sexual assault on a child? First offense should be the last. A quick grip, a snip, no more worries. Castrate the bastard. Big props to the building mngr. for slapping the slimeball around.

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terry shinabarker 6 years, 9 months ago

before you hang this person lets atleast get all the facts

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seeuski 6 years, 9 months ago

You need facts? Can you handle the facts(truth)? I guess the little girl was caught red handed letting herself get molested. Hang her right?

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arnonep 6 years, 9 months ago

If this dirt bag is convicted, and the evidence so far seems to prove guilt, the only suitable punishment is a slow, painful, public execution. As far as Judge Garrecht is concerned, my opinion is that he is very light handed and/or negligent in the cases I am aware of and hope you all vote against him as I have every election in the past 14 years. Another side of this subject is the fact that we are breeding a whole new generation of molesters. In our schools when one kid molests another, indicating that the molester is or has been molested, more often than not is swept under the rug. We need to give our teachers the backing to go after these people, the original molesters. As nativegirl suggests, the manager deserves a medal and we should give a medal and a raise to any teacher that contributes to the conviction of any molester.

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justathought 6 years, 9 months ago

tdsski, reread the story, "during the altercation, the man was crying and trying to apologize", that sure sounds like the manager got the facts right to me. No one is trying to "hang" this sick individual, but castration should be mandatory on top of any hand slapping that a plea bargain or the judge may hand out. If he re-offends after castration, I'll provide the rope. Exactly how many more facts would you be waiting for if this were your child?

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