Aspen man accused of sexual assault on minor
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” An Aspen man was arrested and hauled into Pitkin County District Court on Wednesday on allegations that he sexually assaulted a minor multiple times.
Jacob Frutin, 22, is accused of multiple felonies, including sexual assault of a victim under the age of 15 and the transfer or dispensing of marijuana to a person under 15. He also is accused of a second sexual assault count and unlawful distribution of a controlled substance (psilocybin mushrooms).
District Court Judge James Boyd advised Frutin of the potential counts against him in a late afternoon hearing.
Frutin faces life in prison if convicted on the alleged offenses.
The judge ordered Frutin back to court March 16. Bond was set at $30,000. Frutin, who appeared in court shackled at the wrists and ankles, was subsequently escorted back to the Pitkin County jail.
Frutin was arrested on a Pitkin County warrant. The alleged incidents took place in the beginning of November 2007, Boyd said at the hearing. The victim was younger than 15 years old at the time.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin said the case against Frutin took a while to develop.
“Often victims suppress or suffer from significant emotional trauma and don’t find the courage or clarity to come forward until they mature,” he said.
The case against Frutin is the latest in a string of alleged sexual assaults in Aspen over the past few months.
Most recently Aspen police arrested Emanuel Gonzalez-Loujun at 2:30 a.m. Jan. 17 at the Centennial apartment complex, shortly after they received a 911 call from a witness about an alleged sexual assault.
Gonzalez-Loujun, 21, is accused of five felonies, including sexual assault and kidnapping. He also faces life in prison if convicted. He is being held on $250,000 bond at the Pitkin County jail.
Another sexual assault is alleged to have occurred at the now-defunct Cooper Street Pier bar. Sohan Shrestha, 37, the former manager of the bar, faces a sexual assault charge in connection with the Aug. 20 incident. He is also accused of third-degree assault.
Shrestha is due back in court March 20 for a preliminary hearing. He was being held on $25,000 bond.
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