Gypsum man admits sexually assaulting a child
EAGLE — A local plumber and grandfather admitted to felony sex assault on a child.
Rhett Enlow, 59, pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminal attempt to commit sex assault. Enlow owns and operates Call a Plumber.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Enlow’s teenaged victim and his father declined to make a statement.
For his part, Enlow attempted to apologize.
“I ask that (the boy) and his family accept my apologies. I am extremely sorry,” Enlow said after he pleaded guilty.
Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Wiard prosecuted the case, and expressed concerns about Enlow’s statements during his psychosexual evaluation that it was consensual.
“I want the court to understand that this was never consensual at any time,” Wiard said. “He (the boy) was vulnerable because this was a man he trusted as something of a second father. This has been incredibly difficult for him.”
Enlow was one of the boy’s father’s best friend, and was trusted to look after the boy, Wiard said.
“This has been a huge impact on both him and his dad,” Wiard said.
It’s important to them that he does some jail, that the punishment goes beyond probation, Wiard said.
Enlow is looking at 30 days in jail, along with 10 years of sex offender specific probation. He will have to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life, and can’t be around anyone 18. He does not have to register as a sexually violent predator.
Enlow’s victim was attending a summer camp when he first revealed what happened to him. He was under quite a bit of stress and told camp counselors about it, Wiard said. During forensic interviews he revealed he had been touched inappropriately by the defendant, and convincing the victim to participate in sex acts.
District Court Judge Russell Granger said if the victims had not agreed to the sentence, Granger said he would have ordered it to go to trial.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.