Man pleads guilty in campground assault

Jason Auslander
The Aspen Times

A 51-year-old unemployed construction worker pleaded guilty Tuesday to child abuse and unlawful sexual contact — both misdemeanors — in connection with an incident at a campground this summer involving two young girls.

Mark Damman was initially charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child, which will be dismissed after he is sentenced in April.

The parents of two girls younger than 10 reported that Damman touched the girls inappropriately while he was camping next to the family at a Roaring Fork Valley campground in August.

In other court news

A 37-year-old Crystal Valley man pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony cultivation of marijuana.

Richard Fanguy’s plea deal calls for him to receive two years of supervised probation in the case and a deferred sentence, which means the conviction will be wiped from his record if he stays out of trouble for two years.

Fanguy was arrested Aug. 27 at his home off Highway 133 between Carbondale and Redstone after Pitkin County sheriff’s deputies found 12.2 pounds of marijuana, equipment to turn marijuana into concentrate and more than 100 marijuana plants.

Fanguy was using butane to produce the concentrate, which an investigator said was a dangerous process. He also was charged with child abuse because deputies found evidence that at least one of Fanguy’s children had been at the home.