Sexual assault case hearing begins Monday


Attorneys arguing the case of a 39-year-old Craig man charged with 11 sexual-related offenses are scheduled to begin a three-day motions hearing Monday, less than a month before trial.

The man, whose name is being withheld in accordance with newspaper policy on alleged sex crimes, is charged with four counts of aggravated incest, three counts of sexual assault on a child under 15 by someone in a position of trust, three counts of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust - pattern of abuse, all Class 3 felonies; and a count of sexual assault on a child 15 to 18 by someone in a position trust, a Class 4 felony.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges in September.

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office arrested the man in December 2007 after receiving information that he assaulted a child thought to be a family member.

Represented by public defender Sheryl Uhlmann, the man will appear Monday in Moffat County District Court for the motions hearing.

The hearing is an attempt to resolve various motions in the case, including motions to suppress evidence, have a competency hearing and separate trials.

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office has opposed many of the motions.

The suspect is scheduled for a seven-day trial beginning Jan. 28 in District Court.

In other court news:

• A Monday appearance in Moffat County Court for 35-year-old man also charged with sex crimes was continued.

The man, who was arrested in October at his Craig home, is charged with sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust, sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust - pattern of abuse, and aggravated incest, all Class 3 felonies.

He has not yet entered a plea. His next appearance is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Jan. 5 in County Court.

• William Kurtis Baird, 18, of Craig, will be sentenced Tuesday in Moffat County Court. Baird agreed to a plea deal in November during arraignment.

He pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class 4 felony. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed a solicitation to commit murder charge, a Class 2 felony.

The charges stemmed from an incident earlier this year during which Baird allegedly attempted a 17-year-old to help him shoot and kill two men, a 56-year-old and his 18-year-old son.

The 17-year-old tipped authorities to Baird after their conversation.

The suspect, authorities said, also wrote out a "hit list" of the two men he sought to kill, equipment needed and an escape route.


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