Craig man accused of sexual assault awaits trial on bond
Correction: This report has been corrected to reflect Gary Nichols is an investigator with the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office.
A Craig man with multiple charges stemming from an alleged sexual assault was granted bail and released on bond Wednesday, Aug. 21.
Rick Barnes, 53, was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 6 on felony charges of sexual assault, sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, and aggravated incest.
According to an arrest affidavit compiled by Moffat County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Gary Nichols, police in Craig responded to a local hospital in October 2018 after the victim’s neighbor reported the victim had run to their residence in the early morning hours claiming a rape by Barnes had just occurred.
The affidavit said sexual assault nurse examiners at the hospital completed their examination of the victim and seized the victim’s undergarments as evidence in the sex assault kit, which was then sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation on Oct. 17 along with four swabs of Barnes’ DNA for analysis.
On July 18, investigators received lab results from CBI. According to the affidavit, the DNA lab tests showed Barnes’ DNA was on several areas of the victim’s body.
On Aug. 6, police conducted their final interview of Barnes, this time with their newfound DNA evidence in hand.
The affidavit stated that during the interview, Barnes “confessed to two incidents where he had had a sexual encounter” with the victim, also claiming the victim was the instigator.
Prosecutors wanted Barnes held without bail due to the serious charges against him and presented evidence Wednesday, Aug. 21 to keep him in jail, though Barnes was given a $20,000 cash or surety bond, which he posted and was released.
Barnes’ next court appearance is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 11 in Judge Sandra Gardner’s Moffat County courtroom No. 2.
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