Craig man charged with sexual assault on daughter |

Craig man charged with sexual assault on daughter

Paul Shockley

A 43-year-old Craig man faces possible life imprisonment on charges that he allegedly sexually assaulted his daughter for about a 10-year period.

The suspect is being held on a $100,000 bond set by Moffat County Court Judge Mary Lynne James a few minutes after Deputy District Attorney David Waite requested a $50,000 bond during the suspect’s advisement hearing Thursday.

“It’s out of reach,” the suspect told James. James cited the suspect’s possible life term, a result of sex offender laws that have been made tougher in recent years, as the reason she went beyond Waite’s request.

A $20,000 bond is the standard in most cases, Waite said.

The seven-count complaint against the suspect, a father of two daughters, includes two counts of aggravated incest, one count of first-degree sexual assault through physical force, and four counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust as a pattern.

A conviction on just one of the latter charges could send him to prison for life, Waite said. In three of those counts, the daughter was younger than 15 years old when assaulted. In the fourth, she was between 15 and 18.

All the alleged assaults, occurring between December 1992 and April 2002, were against one of his daughters, according to court documents.

The suspect is married, and his wife was living at the residence at the time of assaults. She is not a suspect in the case, Waite said, adding that some of the assaults may have occurred outside the family’s home.

In 1994, the suspect was arrested in Alaska on sex-assault related charges. The suspect, who remains in Moffat County Jail, told the court Thursday those charges were dropped.

The suspect turned himself in Tuesday night to the Moffat County Sheriff’s Department on an outstanding Moffat County arrest warrant.

As of 9 a.m. Friday, he was still in the county’s jail.

It is the policy of the Craig Daily Press to not identify suspects of sexually related crimes unless and until a conviction occurs.

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