Steamboat Springs 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.
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