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The Snowmass Village man who allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl was formally charged in 9th District Court on Monday.

Shaun Van Dyke, 24, sat beside his lawyer, John Van Ness of Woody Creek, during the brief proceeding. He is charged with sexual assault on a child, a felony, and faces a potential sentence of two years to life in prison.



Van Dyke is an employee of the Aspen Recreation Center and allegedly met the victim there while she was ice skating. Police do not believe the assault took place at the center.

The victim’s mother told investigators she believed her daughter was having an affair with the suspect.




In an interview with Detective Jim Crowley, the girl said she had intercourse with Van Dyke on one occasion three months ago, according to a court affidavit signed by Crowley.

Van Dyke will next appear in court on Jan. 3.

An Aspen man pleaded guilty Monday to stealing food from Johnny McGuire’s outdoor refrigerator.

Corey Sorensen, 33, pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and theft charges in district court. Sorensen, who worked briefly in The Aspen Times’ front office, was arrested in early September.

In July and August, McGuire’s management noticed food missing from the outdoor food locker and set up a surveillance camera. Sorensen was caught on tape taking items from the storage refrigerator. He told police he took a case of Red Bull, a block of cheese, a block of bologna and three sodas.

He will be sentenced Feb. 7.

GUNNISON ” A tour bus traveling the two-lane highway near the Crested Butte ski resort went over a 45-foot embankment and rolled at least once Monday, injuring all 16 passengers and the driver, the Colorado State Patrol said.

At least two people were in critical condition, said David Caulder, an official with nearby Gunnison Valley Hospital.

The accident happened on Highway 135, about 15 miles north of Gunnison, State Patrol dispatcher Michelle Santilli said. Everyone on the bus was transported to hospitals.

“Most had bumps and bruises,” Santilli said.

The weather was clear and the roads were dry, said Mark Young, a regional emergency services coordinator.

“The bus just drifted off [the road] to the point it rolled off the embankment,” said State Patrol Sgt. John Ehmsen, one of the officers investigating the accident.

Driver Ben Lokie, 26, of Crested Butte, suffered minor injuries, Ehmsen said. No citations have been issued and the accident remained under investigation.

It did not appear that Lokie was driving too fast, Ehmsen said.

The bus, owned by Alpine Express, was traveling from Crested Butte to Gunnison.

“One of our buses was involved in an accident, but that’s about all I know at this time,” said Woody Sherwood, one of the owners of the company.

Alpine Express provides regional bus transportation, primarily to the airports in Gunnison and Montrose. The company, based in Gunnison, has been in business for 23 years and operates a fleet of 25 vehicles, according to the company’s website.