Man convicted of sex assault on local child
EAGLE — A man living in the country illegally was convicted on one count of sexually assaulting a child.
Francisco Rodriguez-Sanchez, 38, was on trial for two counts. The jury convicted him on one, but it was deadlocked on the other. They also convicted him of using forged documents, a fake Social Security card and permanent resident card with the name Alejandro Gomez and his picture on it.
While children were playing at his Holy Cross Village apartment, Rodriguez-Sanchez brought snacks to an upstairs bedroom where they were playing, according to testimony. He climbed into a small play tent in the room, pulled one of the girls on top of him and squeezed her buttocks.
During the trial, his attorney, Ted Hess of Glenwood Springs, had Rodriguez-Sanchez stuff himself into the tent. The tent is about 3 feet by 4 feet and about 3-feet tall. It’s shaped like a soccer goal and covered in camouflage colored material. It’s open on one side, like a goal would be.
No matter how he contorted himself, he couldn’t make himself fit.
However, prosecutor Rebecca Wiard put him back in that tent and arranged him in such a way that he fit easily, with room for at least one other person.
Rodriguez-Sanchez didn’t move as the verdict was read. His family dropped their heads and cried. He turned and looked at his family as District Court Judge Paul Dunkelman thanked the jury.
The trial started April 21 and jury selection took two days. The trial lasted until Friday afternoon, and the jury deliberated until 3 p.m. Tuesday when the verdict was read.
District Attorney Bruce Brown said Rodriguez-Sanchez will undergo a psychosexual evaluation that will investigate his background, as well as the specific characteristics that make him a violator of sexual laws.
“It’s important for the court to make a determination whether he meets the criteria for a sexual predator,” Brown explained. “The court will have wide latitude and will base its decision, in large part, on those evaluations.”
He could get probation, but if he’s sentenced to prison, then he faces at least two years.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vail daily.com.
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