Man accused of molesting daughter charged with theft | AspenTimes.com

Man accused of molesting daughter charged with theft

Chad Abraham

An Aspen man accused of molesting his 5-year-old daughter is back in jail.Out on work-release probation, the 33-year-old man was arrested again recently, this time for allegedly stealing a wedding ring valued at more than $15,000 from a vehicle. He is not being named to protect his daughter’s identity.On the latest charge, public defender Greg Greer, who said he wasn’t sure the suspect qualified for a taxpayer-funded defense, asked for a reduced bond of $2,500.Prosecutor Andrew Heyl objected to that, saying the man has a serious alcohol problem and is a threat to the community. He requested the man’s bond be left at $12,000.Heyl said a recent court hearing for the suspect in Eagle County had to be continued because he allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of nearly 0.2, twice the limit considered too drunk to drive.Judge James Boyd declined to reduce the bond on the latest charge.The man was arrested in August on charges of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust and aggravated incest. Both are felonies, as is the latest theft charge.The molestation and incest charges stem from what the girl allegedly told family friends and a caseworker. The suspect and the girl’s mother divorced in 2002, and, according to the arrest warrant, the girl’s behavior changed in October 2003.She developed bad stomach pains, refused to be in any room where the door was closed and told a family friend, using teddy bears, where her father allegedly touched her and had her touch him, court documents say.She allegedly told a caseworker in California additional details about the alleged assaults. The arrest warrant says the crimes occurred in the bedroom and shower of a home on Spruce Street in Aspen. The girl also stayed with the suspect in Woody Creek.The sexual assault and incest charges carry penalties ranging from four years to life in prison, fines of $3,000 to $750,000, a mandatory parole term of five years after prison or 20 years to life on probation as a sex offender.The suspect’s next court hearing is Nov. 7.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is chad@aspentimes.com