Prosecutors add child exploitation charges against 32-year-old Craig man

Additional sexual-related charges were filed Tuesday against a 32-year-old Craig man already in police custody on suspicion of assaulting a mentally disabled woman late last year.

In November, the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office charged the man, whose name is being withheld by the newspaper in accordance with policies on alleged sex crimes, 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 police officer, Class 2 misdemeanors.

Tuesday afternoon, prosecutors filed four more charges, including two felony child exploitation charges.

The charges, according to court records, are sexual exploitation of children, a Class 3 felony, unlawful sexual contact, a Class 4 felony, sexual exploitation of a child, a Class 6 felony, and two counts of indecent exposure, a Class 1 misdemeanor.

According to the charging document, the man "induced, enticed, or permitted : a child to engage in, or be used for any explicit sexual conduct for the making of : sexually exploitative material," between Sept. 1, 2008, and Oct. 31, 2008.

It also alleges he had unlawful sexual contact with a victim between 15 and 17 years old, exposed himself on two occasions and possessed "sexually exploitative" material.

More specific allegations were not available in court records. The court sealed the arrest warrant at the request of the District Attorney's Office.

The man appeared in Moffat County Court on Tuesday for a bond hearing. Judge Sandra Gardner set bond at $20,000.

He is in custody in Rio Blanco, at the request of Moffat County authorities, and has not posted bond since his original arrest in November.

His next scheduled court appearance is a status hearing Feb. 3, when he is scheduled to appear on both cases against him. The original charges in November against the man stem from a Craig Police Department investigation. Police arrested the man at his Craig apartment, where he was found with a 23-year-old woman, also from Craig, whose parents reported her missing.

The woman's parents told police she had the mental capacity of someone 12 to 14 years old.

The suspect resisted arrest, police reported, and he attempted to strike officers, who eventually subdued him with a Taser.

In a later interview with police, the suspect said he and the 23-year-old woman had sexual contact and their encounter included taking nude photographs of each other.

The alleged victim, however, told police the man touched her in several different ways, all against her will.

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