Avon man accused of incest
EAGLE – An Avon man faces six counts of criminal charges for allegedly sexually assaulting his daughter and stepdaughter, both minors, police said. The 35-year-old man, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of the two girls, faces two counts of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust, two counts of enticement of a child and two counts of aggravated incest. All charges are felonies that could carry a sentence of up to life in prison.The man was arrested in July after an aunt of the children reportedly contacted an agency to report what had been going on. The agency then contacted the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. The man is being held in the Eagle County jail on $100,000 bond. During a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Eagle County Judge Fred Gannet said he would decide next month if he will send the case to district court, where the man would likely face trial.According to Eagle County Sheriff’s investigators who testified during the hearing, the man allegedly sexually assaulted his 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old stepdaughter on different occasions.On one occasion, his stepdaughter had spilt something on her shirt and the man allegedly told her she “should take her shirt off,” investigators said in court.The man’s attorney said at the hearing there wasn’t any evidence of enticement of a child. But prosecutor Arly Minor disagreed.”The enticement statute does not say it’s O.K. for a father to prohibit a child from watching a movie so that he can get them alone in a trailer and rape them,” Minor told Gannet. According to testimony in court, on one occasion the man told his stepdaughter she couldn’t watch a movie and then allegedly sexually assaulted her.District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said Wednesday he was surprised Gannet didn’t immediately send the case to district court.”The probable cause standard to move a case to district court is a low standard,” Hurlbert said. “We take these cases very seriously. Sexual assault on a child is a very serious thing. We only level these charges when we have enough evidence to prove it beyond reasonable doubt.”
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