Man charged for allegedly raping girl under bridge
Aspen Times Staff Writer
A man who allegedly raped a girl at knife point under an Aspen bridge last week was charged with sexual assault and menacing Tuesday.
Robert John Feliciano, 18, of Aspen, was advised of the charges by Judge James Boyd of the 9th District Court.
According to Aspen Police Department Detective Jim Crowley, the alleged assault occurred in the early morning hours of Thursday, Feb. 13, in the area of the Marolt pedestrian bridge.
The weapon used in the attack was a “large kitchen knife,” Crowley said. He would not comment on any injuries the victim sustained during the assault.
The victim reported the assault soon after it occurred, he said.
Feliciano was arrested on Sunday, although he was already in the Pitkin County Jail for a probation violation.
The arrest affidavit detailing what witnesses and the victim have told police was not released Tuesday, but will be available today. The court documents were not ready because a court clerk needed time to black-out the name of the underage victim.
Feliciano was ushered into the judge’s chambers in the courthouse in jail-issued orange pants and shirt, his long hair in a ponytail. He rested his arms on the conference table and kept his eyes on the judge during the advisement. He replied, “No sir” when the judge asked if he had any questions.
Feliciano is charged with one count of sexual assault with a deadly weapon, a class-two felony; and one count of menacing, a class-five felony. The penalty for a class-two felony conviction is 16 years to life, said Assistant District Attorney Lawson Wills.
Crowley said Feliciano is originally from New York, but has been living with a family in Aspen. Wills said Feliciano has attended Yampa Mountain High School in Glenwood Springs.
He remained in custody at the Pitkin County Jail last night on a $27,500 bond. He was also being held on a $1,500 bond for two unrelated charges. Wills and Crowley would not comment on those charges.
Feliciano was arrested on Feb. 13 for underage alcohol possession, a violation of the terms of his probation, and booked into jail as a “detox,” according to a police report. His next court appearance is Feb. 24 at 1:30 p.m.
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