Man facing sex charge could plea

Suspect could face life sentence

A Craig man facing a possible life term in prison on sex assault charges involving his daughter could enter a plea next week in District Court.

The 44-year-old father of two daughters -- who was released from Moffat County Jail in November after Judge Joel Thompson lowered bond in the

case to $30,000 -- is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:15 p.m.

Monday before Judge Michael O'Hara

The accused had been held on $100,000 bond at the jail since his Sept. 17 arrest.

David Waite, deputy district attorney, said a plea offer has been made to the accused man but declined to comment on the proposed deal's specifics.

The suspect's public defender would not discuss the case.

A complaint filed by the district attorney against the man includes two charges of aggravated incest, a charge of first-degree sexual assault through physical force, and four charges of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust as a pattern.

A conviction on one of the latter charges carries a maximum life term in state prison.

The alleged assaults all occurred between December 1992 and April 2002 against one of the suspect's daughters, according to the complaint filed by the district attorney's office.

During a Nov. 18 hearing at which Thompson lowered the suspect's bond, prosecutors left

open the possibility of additional charges for more alleged assaults against the man's second

daughter.

Bonnie Roesink, deputy district attorney, also cited his prior sex-related conviction in 1994 from Alaska involving a minor while arguing against bond

reduction.

Thompson -- in his bond reduction ruling -- allowed the man to stay with a relative in Grand Junction upon posting bond, and ordered that he was not to leave Mesa County without the court's permission.

It is the policy of the Craig Daily Press to not print the name of suspects involved in sex

crimes unless they are

convicted.

Because this case involves charges of incest, the suspect in this case will not be named even if a conviction occurs in order to protect the victims.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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