Steamboat Springs The Routt County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday arrested a 34-year-old Phippsburg man on suspicion of sexually assaulting two juvenile girls in 2009.
Routt County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Ken Klinger learned of the allegations July 28 after meeting with one of the girls and her father.
The alleged assaults took place on numerous occasions, according to an affidavit filed by Klinger with Routt County Court. The two girls told Klinger they tried to resist the man’s advances.
There are no allegations of sexual intercourse. Rather, the girls told Klinger the man touched them inappropriately and that he made the girls touch him.
One of the girls told Klinger that her father was trying to get a job where the man worked.
“On several occasions, when she would resist (the man’s) advances, that (the man) would then start being mean to her father and would talk to her about that her dad might not get the job,” the affidavit states.
At the time of the suspected incidents, one of the girls was 16 years old. The other girl was identified only as a juvenile in the arrest affidavit.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today does not typically identify those accused of sex crimes until they have been convicted.
The man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and criminal extortion. Each is a Class 4 felony. Bond for the man will not be set until he is seen by a judge.