Aspen man faces four felony charges |

Aspen man faces four felony charges

Wyatt Haupt Jr.
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” An Aspen man was charged with four felonies Friday that stem from a series of alleged incidents with a 15-year-old girl.

Landin Smith, 44, stands accused of four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely advised Smith of the counts at an afternoon hearing in Pitkin County Court.

She also issued a mandatory protection order that forbids Smith from contacting the girl.

Smith is to next appear in court at 10:30 a.m. May 4. He faces as many as 24 years in prison if convicted as charged, based on sentencing guidelines.

Each count reflects an alleged incident in February, in which Smith apparently supplied alcohol to the youth. The crimes allegedly occurred on Feb. 6, Feb. 10, Feb. 15 and Feb. 19 in Aspen, according to a court filing.

Aspen police took Smith into custody on March 25 shortly after Fernandez-Ely signed a warrant for his arrest. Local police also arrested Smith for another alleged incident with the same youth, with that event happening in the vicinity of Rubey Park.

Smith was subsequently charged with two felonies ” contributing to the delinquency of a minor and unlawful sexual contact. He was also charged with one related misdemeanor.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin said at the hearing Friday that he plans to file a motion to dismiss the two felonies that stem from the March 25 arrest. Smith is being held on a $10,000 bond in that case.

Court documents show Smith allegedly touched the victim, “on her inner upper legs over her clothes using both hands.” He is also alleged to have told the victim he “loves her,” wants “to marry her” and have “sex.”

Smith has had numerous brushes with the law in recent months, including a February incident in which he was cited for an alcohol-related event at Rubey Park.

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