Craig man faces sexual assault charges

Prosecutors allege pattern of abuse

— A 35-year-old Craig man has been charged in Moffat County Court with three sexual assault felonies, acts prosecutors allege are part of a pattern of abuse dating back at least two years.

The man, whose name is being withheld by the newspaper in accordance with policies on sexual-related offenses, 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.

Craig Police Department officers arrested the man at about 10 a.m. Sunday at his Washington Street home. He was in custody at the Moffat County Jail until Wednesday, when he posted $50,000 bond after seeing a judge earlier that day.

According to the criminal complaint, the man "unlawfully, feloniously and knowingly" subjected a victim younger than 15 years old to sexual contact between Oct. 17 and 19. The complaint also alleges the acts were part of a pattern dating from Jan. 1, 2006.

The alleged victim is female.

The Sunday morning visit to the man's home, according to a police arrest affidavit, included the suspect's admission to police officers that he had molested the girl.

When asked about the statement, the man told officers "he didn't want to provide any further details."

The alleged victim described to police incidents initiated by the man two years earlier while on a camping trip, and another Oct. 18 at the family home.

The man is scheduled to appear for an advisement hearing at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in County Court.

In other court news:

• Wednesday marked the second time this week a Moffat County District Court judge sentenced a defendant convicted of drug distribution to a long prison sentence.

Marco Contreras-Alcala, 32, pleaded guilty in August to distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance, a Class 3 felony. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dismissed two possession charges, conspiracy and possession with intent charges and a sentence enhancer.

He appeared Wednesday afternoon before Michael O'Hara, chief judge of the 14th Judicial District, for sentencing.

The judge sentenced Contreras-Alcala to 10 years in the Department of Corrections and ordered him to pay $3,619 in fines, fees and costs. He will be credited for 208 days already served in Moffat County Jail.

Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Snow asked the court for a 12-year sentence.

Contreras-Alcala was one of several suspects arrested in March by the local task force, All Crimes Enforcement Team. The task force alleged the group operated one of the largest drug distribution networks in Northwest Colorado.

On Tuesday, District Court judge Sandra Gardner sentenced another of the suspects, Edgar Pena-Villava, to 10 years in prison and about $10,000 in fines, fees and costs. He had pleaded guilty to three Class 3 felonies - two counts of distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute.

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