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Aspen Astrologer is innocent, lawyer says

Chad Abraham
Tomas Gregory, left, leaves the district courtroom in Glenwood Springs with his attorney, John Van Ness. Aspen Times photo/Mark Fox.
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A Glenwood Springs man accused of sexually assaulting two sisters in their Carbondale home will fight the charges, his lawyer said yesterday.Tomas Gregory, 53, waived his right to be advised of the charges in district court in Glenwood. It was a brief court appearance for Gregory, The Aspen Times’ astrologer whose column has been suspended.After the hearing, his lawyer, John Van Ness of Woody Creek, said Gregory is innocent.

“He’s committed no crime,” Van Ness said.Gregory is charged with sexual assault on a child, a felony.The older of the sisters, 13, told authorities Gregory kissed her with an open mouth and massaged her, according to the arrest warrant. He also allegedly touched her younger sister inappropriately. The warrant says he told the 13-year-old that she would be “his slave.”

Van Ness said he and Gregory were happy that the case had made its way into court.”We’re thankful to be in the court process and out of the arena of prejudice and sensationalism,” he said. “The courtroom is where you find the truth, and we’ll get to the bottom of this.”Gregory was friends with the girls and their mother, according to the warrant.

The astrologer, who declined to comment Wednesday, is from Australia. There, according to his website, he was “charge nurse of Drug and Alcohol, Acute Admissions and Disturbed Children’s wards, among others.”His next court appearance is scheduled for July 14.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is chad@aspentimes.com


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