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‘That’s a lot of time,’ rape suspect says

Veronica Whitney

EAGLE – The man suspected of raping a woman at the Vail parking structure in March faces 13 criminal charges including three counts of sexual assault.

If convicted of at least some of the charges, Jonathan Edward Schut, 25, of Eagle, could face life in prison, said District Attorney Mark Hurlbert.

Schut is accused of raping a 29-year-old Denver woman in the Vail parking garage and attacking another girl in her Eagle home. In addition, he’s charged with possessing the drug Ecstasy.

Prosecutors have filed three criminal cases against him. In the case of the Denver woman allegedly raped on March 12 in her car, Schut faces eight charges: Three counts of sexual assault, robbery, felony menacing, trespass and two counts of assault.

For allegedly attempting to sexually attack a woman at her home in Eagle March 18, Schut faces the following charges: Attempted sexual assault, burglary, trespassing and assault.

The third case is for possession of drugs – Schut was found with one gram or less of Ecstasy on March 14, police said. All the charges but three are felonies.

Schut, who has been held under maximum security since Eagle police arrested him on April 18, again said Wednesday that he is innocent.

“I’m a person and I deserve a fair trial,” said Schut during an interview at the jail Wednesday. “I take a day at a time.”

When asked if he was scared about the kind of charges he faces, Schut said “yes.”

“That’s a lot of time,” he said. “I miss my kids more than anything,”

Schut said he is the father of two 2-year-old girls who live in Texas.

To get out, Schut would have to pay about 15 percent of a total of $400,000 in three bonds set by an Eagle County judge. His next appearance in court is June 7.

“We don’t know if we will offer a plea because of the seriousness of the charges,” Hurlbert said.

If he goes to trial, Schut said he would like to be tried outside Eagle County. “There has been a lot of publicity in this case,” Schut said.

Staff Writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454 or vwhitney@vaildaily.com.

Vail, Colorado

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