Sexual assault trial rescheduled

Trial continued to April in district court

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— A jury trial scheduled to begin this month in the case against a 39-year-old Craig man charged with an assortment of sexual offenses has been vacated and rescheduled in Moffat County District Court.

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 of trust, a Class 4 felony.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The man was scheduled for a seven-day trial beginning Jan. 28 in District Court.

However, a motions hearing that began in December 2008, and attempted to resolve various defense motions in the case, including defense motions to suppress evidence, have a competency hearing and separate trials, was continued to the trial date.

The new trial date is April 27 to May 5 in district court.

The motions hearing will resume Jan. 28 and 29 and Feb. 2 and 3.

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

In other court news:

• A plea is coming in the case against a former Craig businessman.

Kelly Grinolds, the former president and sole shareholder of Poznet Solutions, or Poznet Recovery Services, is charged in district court with a single count of theft over $15,000, a Class 3 felony.

According to court records, Grinolds is scheduled to appear Feb. 5 in district court for a plea hearing.

The Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office is handling the case in a special prosecution, at the request of the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors from the Ninth Judicial District could not be reached for comment.

According to the charging document, Grinolds stole money from at least 13 victims. The alleged thefts occurred twice or more within six months, from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2006, according to the complaint.

• The cases of two men charged with various poaching crimes were continued in Moffat County Court this week.

John Davidson, 40, is charged with five counts of willful destruction of wildlife, a Class 5 felony, 10 counts of hunting without a license, 11 counts of illegal possession of wildlife, one count of unlawful taking and possession of wildlife, and one count of wildlife offense, all misdemeanors.

His bond appearance was continued until 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17.

Jeremiah Tyson, 32, is charged with one count of willful destruction of big game, a Class 5 felony, four counts of hunting without a license, five counts of illegal possession of wildlife, one count of aggravated illegal possession of wildlife, and one count of unlawful taking and possession of wildlife, all misdemeanors.

Tyson made his bond appearance and is scheduled for a status conference at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 20.

Staff writer Collin Smith contributed to this report.

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