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Man pleads guilty in sex assault case

Steve Lynn
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyRichard Bisant
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EAGLE ” Joe Bisant said his older brother, Richard, is a gentle man.

“He’s hard working, he tries hard and I know he’s not a violent person,” Joe Bisant said.

Richard Bisant feels he’s learned his lesson about drinking, which he has quit since he was accused of sexual assault, his brother said.

Richard Bisant, 54, of Gypsum, faces up to two years in jail and $5,000 in fines after pleading guilty to a lesser charge than sexual assault last week, authorities said.

Bisant was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his home June 24.

The woman, whose name is being withheld, told police that Bisant sexually assaulted her in her room about 1:30 a.m., according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The woman called police and hung up the phone, prompting a visit from a sheriff’s deputy, the report said.

Bisant and the woman, whose name is being withheld, were arguing in Bisant’s home when an Eagle County sheriff’s deputy arrived.

The deputy knocked on the door and saw the naked Bisant, who was allegedly drunk, fall several times as he tried to put on his pants, the report said. When Bisant answered the door and the deputy handcuffed him, the report said.

Scratches were found on Bisant’s side and back at the Eagle County jail. He was arrested on suspicion of felony sexual assault and criminal attempt to commit, both felonies, and domestic violence and harassment, both misdemeanors.

Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said he was satisfied with Bisant’s guilty plea of unlawful sexual contact. He will be required to register as a sex offender, Hurlbert said.

Since the incident, Bisant has paid a $2,500 bond and was released from the Eagle County jail, Hurlbert said.

Bisant is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 27.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.


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