Formal charges filed against sex assault suspect

Craig man faces felony, three misdemeanors

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The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed formal charges Monday morning against a 32-year-old Craig man who prosecutors allege sexually abused a mentally disabled woman.

The man, who's name is being withheld by the newspaper, is charged with sexual assault on an at-risk victim, a Class 2 felony; third-degree assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor; and resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer, Class 2 misdemeanors.

Police arrested the man Thursday night after he was found at his Craig apartment with the 23-year-old woman, also from Craig, whose parents reported her missing and told police she had the mental capacity of someone 12 to 14 years old.

The man resisted arrest, police reported, and attempted to strike officers, who eventually subdued the man using a Taser.

In an interview with police later that night, he said he and the woman had sexual contact, and their encounter included taking nude photographs of each other, according to an arrest affidavit. He also said, according to the report, that he stopped initiating contact with the woman when she said so.

The alleged victim, on the other hand, told police the suspect touched her sexually in several different ways, and that it was against her will. A sexual assault examination Thursday confirmed the woman had sexual contact.

The criminal complaint alleges the suspect "unlawfully, feloniously and knowingly inflicted sexual intrusion or sexual penetration (on the alleged victim), causing submission of the victim by means of sufficient consequence."

It also contends the suspect "unlawfully, knowingly and recklessly caused bodily injury" to one of the officers on the scene at his apartment, prevented or attempted to prevent officers from "effecting arrest" and hindered the enforcement of law, the criminal complaint states.

On Friday, a Moffat County Court judge set the suspect's bond at $100,000. He remains in custody at the Moffat County Jail.

He is scheduled to make a first appearance at 11 a.m. Nov. 18 in County Court.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 875-1791, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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