Man accused of assault in Vail Valley forest
June 2, 2009
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” An man living illegally in the Vail Valley is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old in a remote cabin in the Wolcott area, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says.
Adolfo Guardado, 24, who had been living in Edwards, had been chatting online and exchanging phone calls with the child, whose name and gender were not released, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says.
When the child asked Guardado for a ride to school, Guardado picked up the child and drove to a cabin in the National Forest approximately 10 miles from Wolcott, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says.
Guardado assaulted the child in the cabin and then brought the child back to school, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says.
Authorities learned of the assault on May 24 and Guardado was arrested with the assistance of Avon police and the U.S. Forest Service on May 28. Guardado was cooperative and led Eagle County sheriff’s deputies to the cabin and admitted sexually assaulting the child, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says.
Guardado is being charged with sexual assault on a child, a class 3 felony; second degree kidnapping, a class 4 felony; and enticement of a child, a class 4 felony.
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Guardado is currently being held at the Eagle County Detention Facility on a $15,000 bond. He is also being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on suspicion of being in the U.S. illegally from Mexico.
One in five children who uses an Internet chat room is approached by a pedophile, and one in four children who use the Internet is exposed to unwanted sexual material, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office recommends that parents never let their kids meet people in person who they’ve e-mailed or chatted with online. Parents also should encourage their child to tell an adult if they see something online that scares or confuses them.