Sexual assault suspects appear in court

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A woman who was involved with a 35-year-old former Craig man sat crying Tuesday morning in Moffat County Court as attorneys argued details of the man's pending sexual assault case.

The man, whose name is being withheld by the newspaper in accordance with policies on sexual-related offenses, sat with his parents and away from the woman.

He is accused of molesting her daughter, who is younger than 15 years old.

Arrested Oct. 19 at the couple's Craig home, the man 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 appeared with his attorney, Bill Schurman, of Steamboat Springs, for an advisement hearing.

The case was continued to 4:15 p.m. Nov. 24, when a decision could be made whether the defense will seek a preliminary hearing.

The court also could decide on a defense request to reduce the man's $30,000 bond, and for permission for the suspect to leave the state for employment purposes.

The police visit to the man's home, according to the arrest affidavit, included the suspect's admitting to officers that he had sexually abused the girl.

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 told the court Tuesday that he has since relocated from Craig to Jackson County.

Judge Sandra Gardner reiterated to the suspect that there is to be no contact between him and the alleged victim or her mother.

In other court news:

• A 52-year-old Craig man, also charged with a sexual-related offense, told a County Court judge Tuesday morning that he plans to hire an attorney and is considering a preliminary hearing.

The Police Department arrested the man Oct. 21, and he was booked into the Moffat County Jail; he was later released on $20,000 bond. He is charged in County Court with sexual assault, a Class 3 felony.

According to the criminal complaint, the man "unlawfully, feloniously and knowingly inflicted sexual intrusion or sexual penetration on a victim" Oct. 21, "causing submission of the victim by means of sufficient consequence."

"Further, the defendant caused submission of the victim through the actual application of physical force or physical violence."

Judge Gardner set a Nov. 10 deadline for filing for a preliminary hearing, a procedure by which prosecutors must prove there is sufficient evidence for probable cause.

The defendant is scheduled to appear next at 1 p.m. Nov. 12 for a status conference in County Court.

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

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