Man accused of making unwanted sexual advances sentenced to 35 days in jail
July 6, 2015
Steamboat Springs — A Steamboat Springs man who went uninvited into a woman’s home and allegedly made unwanted sexual advances toward her was sentenced Monday to 35 days in jail and three years of supervised probation.
In a plea deal with the District Attorney’s Office, Thomas Jedediah Collins pleaded guilty to first degree criminal trespassing, a felony, and harassment.
Collins was given a deferred sentence on the trespassing charge, meaning if he complies with the conditions of probation, he will not have the felony on his record.
Collins, 40, was arrested Feb. 9 after a 59-year-old woman told police he entered her downtown home uninvited and cornered her while she was using the restroom.
The victim said she then ran into another room where Collins put his hands on her shoulders, nudged her toward a bed and said, “Come on, let’s do this.”
Collins eventually left the home.
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Collins told police “he had not been drinking and was just horny and used very poor judgment,” according to his arrest affidavit.
The incident happened after the victim saw and spoke briefly to Collins while he was grilling outside at a neighbor’s house.
In a letter to Judge Shelley Hill, who sentenced Collins on Monday, the victim wrote that Collins’ invasion of her privacy was “egregious, and was something I will never forget.”
Before he was sentenced, Collins apologized for his actions.
“I understand that (the victim) was traumatized by this incident,” Collins said. “I’m sincerely sorry for what I’ve done…I understand that one bad decision can have an impact on many lives.”
Under the terms of the plea deal, Collins faced a maximum of 90 days in jail.
In addition to the jail time, Hill sentenced Collins, a local flyfishing guide, to 100 hours of public service.
He will also continue therapy.
“How you thought it was appropriate to even walk into her home uninvited is beyond this court’s understanding,” Hill told Collins.