Accused sex offender enters not guilty plea

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A 44-year-old man facing a possible life prison sentence pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of sexually assaulting his daughter.

Judge Michael O'Hara also set a five-day jury trial scheduled to start Aug. 4.

The man, who appeared Monday in court on $30,000 bond, is charged with sexually assaulting one of his two daughters between December 1992 and April 2002.

O'Hara also kept in place bond conditions ordering that the man avoid Moffat County except for court business, but O'Hara also suggested he would allow the man to return to Washington for visits with his new wife over specific timeframes.

The judge in February approved a two-week visit to Washington.

In an effort to protect the identities of the alleged victims, the Craig Daily Press will not name the accused in this case.

Also in Moffat County District Court:

  • Public defender Sheryl Uhlmann entered a denial on Grant Taylor's behalf. The 35-year-old former Craig man is accused of violating probation while living in Kentucky.

Taylor, who was sentenced March 2001 to 10 years to life probation in Moffat County District Court after pleading guilty to a charge of sexual assault on a child, sat silent in Monday's 15-minute hearing while handcuffed and dressed in black and gray jumpsuit.

The case returns to court at 4 p.m. April 22, when the court could hear evidence and arguments for and against allegations that Taylor violated probation.

Taylor was arrested in January in Mount Sterling, Ky., after authorities alleged he attended a pancake breakfast at a local middle school and viewed child pornography on the Internet -- both potential violations of his Moffat County probation.

He's being held on $50,000 bond at the Moffat County Jail.

  • O'Hara delayed an arraignment hearing for 49-year-old Christopher Brown, who faces multiple drug-related charges stemming from a raid in January of his Sandrock Drive home by officers with the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Team.

Brown's case was moved to 11 a.m. April 28.

O'Hara, at the request of Brown's attorney, also reduced bond to $10,000 from $20,000 -- a move unopposed by Deputy District Attorney David Waite.

Attorney James Grady asked for a reduced bond so that Brown could pay back a relative from whom cash was borrowed as security on the $20,000 bond posted for Brown's release from the Moffat County Jail on Jan. 24, one day after his arrest.

Brown is charged in a six-count complaint that includes felony possession of manufacturing chemicals or supplies, and felony distribution of a controlled substance.

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

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