Sexual assault allegations can be difficult for most individuals to experience. When these allegations involve a child, they are even more difficult to deal with, especially since the charges come with harsher punishments if convicted. In a recent case, a Colorado man was arrested for sex offenses after he was accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.
Authorities indicate that the incident occurred back in Dec. of 2013. The alleged victim recently informed her grandmother, and, in turn, the grandmother took the child to the local police department to file a report. The girl told police that she had been at a hotel doing her homework while the man was in the shower. When he got out of the shower, he allegedly began to sexually assault her.
Eventually he stopped assaulting her after hearing her mother at the door of the hotel room. Reports indicate that the man threatened to kill the girl’s family if she reported the incident to anyone. Authorities charged the man with kidnapping and sexual assault of a minor. He was also charged with intimidating a witness.
This is not the man’s first run-in with the law, as he has previous arrests, including drug possession and auto theft. In spite of his previous criminal conduct, he still has the right to a fair trial in a criminal courtroom. In addition, prior arrests do not automatically constitute guilt for his new pending charges regarding the alleged sex offenses. Colorado prosecutors will need to prove to a jury that the man raped the girl in order to obtain a conviction.
Source: daily-times.com, “Colorado man accused of raping 11-year-old girl at Farmington motel in 2013”, Steve Garrison, Jan. 26, 2015