Sides negotiating in ARC sex assault case
The Snowmass Village man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl is negotiating with the district attorney’s office and the victim’s family, his attorney said Monday.Shaun Van Dyke, 24, shuffled into the courtroom yesterday in orange jail-issue clothes. He has been in jail since he was arrested Dec. 14, 2004, on charges of sexual assault on a child. He allegedly had sex with the victim after meeting her at the Aspen Recreation Center, where he had been employed.Defense attorney John Van Ness asked for more time as the parties involved continue to talk. Prosecutor Andrew Heyl said there has been a substantial amount of negotiations between the girl’s parents and Van Dyke. He also said he would like more time before filing charges, telling Judge James Boyd that he took over the case just a month ago.Boyd agreed to the delay, but said there will be “no more routine continuances. This case has been outstanding for quite some time.” Van Dyke’s next court date is July 11.In other court news, Christian Gamblin missed his day in court because he was already court – one state over in Salt Lake City. Gamblin, 43, was to be sentenced Monday for failing to register as a sex offender in Aspen.Public defender Greg Greer said Gamblin was on his way to Colorado for yesterday’s hearing when he hit a deer in Utah. Police there found an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor offense several years ago; Greer said wrapping up that case would likely only take a day.His request to stay the sentencing until June 20 was granted by Boyd.Also, Pamela Branson made her first court appearance after her May 19 arrest on charges of cocaine possession and false reporting.She appeared without a lawyer, but likely will be represented by the public defender’s office. Boyd, saying he believed Branson owned part of a home, advised her to fully disclose her income to the office. Greer said her home is now under control of the local housing authority.In 2003, Branson was part of a love triangle in which her ex-husband slit the chin of her then-boyfriend. Her current charges stem from a December incident where she went to an Aspen clinic to have a plastic bag containing cocaine removed from her vagina, according to the arrest warrant.She was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital, where she told doctors that she had been raped and the rapist had placed the drugs inside her, the warrant says. Police said her story changed over several weeks, leading to her eventual arrest.Branson will be arraigned July 11.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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