Craig man lands 9 years in prison for attempted child sex assault
Craig — A 37-year-old Craig man who discussed having sex with a 14-year-old girl online and then showed up at her door with a box of condoms in his pocket was sentenced to nine years in prison Monday.
Jason Allen McCamant, now 38, was found guilty on felony charges of attempted sexual assault on a child, attempted child abuse and attempted internet luring of a child following a plea deal. Three additional charges were dismissed.
He will serve a total of nine years in the Colorado Department of Corrections followed by five to 10 years of probation and owes nearly $8,000 in fines and fees, according to court documents. He has already served more than one year of prison time since his arrest Feb. 25, 2016.
McCamant was arrested following a sting operation led by the Craig Police Department. After learning of inappropriate sexual conversation via Facebook between him and the girl from the girl’s mother, a police officer posed as the girl on her Facebook account.
Occurring just before 11 a.m., the two discussed a meeting at the girl’s house since she had “stayed home sick” alone. The conversation alluded to sex, oral sex, condoms and what she should wear, according to the arrest affidavit. McCamant offered to “teach” her but also expressed concern about getting in trouble on several occasions.
Officers then followed him in his pickup truck from his house to the West Kum & Go in Craig where he allegedly stole a box of condoms. He then drove to the girl’s house. When he knocked on the door, he was greeted by police officers and immediately placed in handcuffs.
“I’m glad that he met our investigators at the door instead of a 14-year-old girl,” said Craig Police Commander Bill Leonard.
In his interview with officers later that day, he repeatedly said he knew better and didn’t necessarily intend to have sex with the girl.
McCamant had been known to the girl’s mother for about eight years. Himself married with three children, according to the affidavit, their kids had previously played together, but the girl and her mother hadn’t spent time with him since 2012.
The girl’s mother told officers she had “access to all of her kids’ internet accounts,” and decided “she was going to check her daughter’s Facebook account because something didn’t seem right to her,” according to the initial police report.
“I give the parents an A+ on this case… We highly encourage parents to monitor their children’s internet activity because this was a prime example of a parent that did it right,” Leonard said. “If the parent hadn’t caught it, who knows? It could’ve gone totally the other direction and we could’ve had a serious incident occur.”
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