Eagle man accused of indecent exposure at pool
Jose Anival Sanchez, 35, is charged with sexual assault on a child, indecent exposure and public indecency, authorities said.
Sanchez faces a preliminary hearing Oct. 23. Eagle County Court Judge Fred Gannett on Monday postponed a preliminary hearing on the case because the District Attorney’s Office received additional information on the case and the defense needed more time to review it.
“We have two victims,” Deputy District Attorney Dave Moffet told Gannett. “I’d like to move forward as soon as possible because it’s a sex offender.”
Avon police arrested Sanchez on March 30 after a 13-year-old girl accused him of touching her at the Avon Recreation Center pool. On the same day, another child told police Sanchez had exposed himself close to the slide by the pool, said Chris Peck, an Avon police officer.
“The victim testified that the defendant touched her on the butt,” Moffet told the Jjudge.
But Jim Fahrenholtz, Sanchez attorney, said that bumping into the child in the pool isn’t an admission of sexual contact.
“Even if he bumped into her, it wasn’t for sexual gratification,” Fahrenholtz said.
Sexual assault on a child, a class IV felony, can carry a sentence of life in prison while public indecency is a misdeameanor.
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