Ex-cop ordered to trial in sex-assault case
A former Grand Junction Police Department officer charged in connection with an alleged sexual affair with an underage girl was ordered today to stand trial on all counts.
District Judge Thomas Deister, who presided over a preliminary hearing in the case against 42-year-old Eric Janusz, found probable cause for all eight charges, including sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust and sexual assault on a child as a pattern of abuse.
Colleen Scissors, Janusz’s attorney, used Monday’s hearing to try and punch holes in the story of the alleged victim, who testified over an hour.
“While there may be credibility problems, I cannot find her credibility to be incredible as a matter of law,” Deister said before binding the case over for trial.
The woman, now 28, testified to having “numerous” sexual intercourse encounters with Janusz starting in July 2000, when she was 16, while Janusz was in uniform and on the job. The Daily Sentinel first reported the contents of the Janusz’s arrest affidavit on May 22, while the document alleges Janusz met the girl while the officer was investigating a runaway case involving her brother.
“He said if I didn’t help him he could put me back in foster care,” she testified Monday. “He said he could help get my brother out of the situation we were in.”
Read the full story in Tuesday’s Daily Sentinel.