Glenwood man faces eight years in prison in sex assault case
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A Glenwood Springs man is awaiting sentencing, and possible federal prosecution, after pleading guilty in a sexual assault case.
Jose Luis Bravo-Arrellanes, 27, agreed to a plea deal offered by prosecutors and pleaded guilty to felony counts of second-degree burglary, and criminal attempt to commit sexual assault on a child, according to court documents. Bravo-Arrellanes entered the guilty plea on Feb. 11.
According to the plea agreement Bravo-Arrellanes admitted to breaking into a Glenwood Springs residence in May 2007 and attempted to have sexual contact with a minor. The statement reads that Bravo-Arrellanes did not engage in a sexual act but that he attempted to, and that he acted “with intent.”
Bravo-Arrellanes faces between two and 12 years in prison for the burglary charge alone, and an additional one to three years on the attempted sexual assault charge. Prosecutors requested an eight-year prison sentence in the case. He has no prior felony convictions.
Bravo-Arrellanes was originally arrested on 92 counts of sexual exploitation of a child after authorities allegedly discovered more than 1,500 articles of child pornography on his computer in August 2009.
He was later charged in a court of law with 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a child, and one count of sexual assault on a child by a person in position of trust.
Prosecutors for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office dismissed the sexual assault charge and the 20 exploitation charges, without prejudice, pending federal prosecution. However, the DA’s office reserved the right to refile the charges if the U.S. Attorney does not prosecute on those charges, according to court documents.
Federal charges are currently pending according to a Garfield County Court Clerk official.
Glenwood Police arrested Bravo-Arrellanes in August 2009, a day after confiscating two computers from his residence located in the River Meadows Trailer Park. According to the arrest affidavit, detectives copied 29 video files that contained between six- to 18-minute clips of child pornography, and 1,594 still images from one of Bravo-Arrellanes’ computer hard drives.
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