Craig man arrested on suspicion of child assault |

Craig man arrested on suspicion of child assault

Joshua Roberts

— A 30-year-old Craig man remained in custody Monday afternoon following his arrest on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

The man, who has not yet been charged in court, allegedly assaulted an 11-year-old girl, who is a relative, Craig Police Department Chief Walt Vanatta said. He was arrested about 7 p.m. Friday at his Craig home, according to a Moffat County Jail booking sheet.

Vanatta said a warrant was issued for the man’s arrest based on a Police Department investigation. The investigation was prompted by a family member’s report to police, he said.

“Another family member became aware of the situation and reported it,” he said.

The suspect has no criminal history in either Moffat or Routt counties, court clerks in those jurisdictions said.

Brett Barkey, chief deputy district attorney, said criminal charges against the man are pending. He refrained from commenting on the case before charges are filed.

The newspaper is withholding the suspect’s name in accordance with newspaper policy regarding alleged sexual-related offenses.

In other news:

• Investigation continues: Vanatta reported no new developments in the Police Department’s probe into a Sept. 26 robbery at Kum & Go, 700 E. Victory Way. The police chief said investigators are pursuing leads that have been developed in the case.

A masked, unknown male entered the convenience store, pointed what appeared to be a real handgun at a store clerk and demanded money from the cash register. The weapon, which turned out to be fake, was later found several blocks away from the store.

• Suspects scheduled to appear today: Suspects in two high-profile Moffat County court cases are scheduled for hearings today.

Terry Hankins, a 70-year-old gold miner, is scheduled for a status conference at 11 a.m. with his public defender, Sheryl Uhlmann, before 14th Judicial District Chief Judge Michael O’Hara. Hankins is accused of murdering his wife, Cynthia Hankins.

He faces nine total charges, including first-degree murder, three counts of theft and three counts of felony forgery.

Russell “Wayne” Eller, former Dinosaur town marshal, is slated to appear for an arraignment at 1 p.m. before Judge Shelley Hill, according to the court docket. He is charged with three counts of attempting to influence a public servant, a class 4 felony.

Prosecutors allege Eller falsified his resume and mislead the Dinosaur town council in an attempt for personal gain.

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