$500K bond on charges of molesting 3 children
A Mesa County judge on Friday ordered a half-million dollar bond for a man facing multiple counts of sex assault on a child, calling the case “horrific.”
Collin Jensen, 41, was arrested Thursday after investigators with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office found evidence that he had molested three children over the course of several years. One child told investigators that he had sex with her multiple times over three years and had recorded some of the incidents.
Mesa County prosecutor Trish Mahre said Friday in court that even since Jensen’s arrest, investigators who executed search warrants in the case have found one new alleged victim. She asked Mesa County Judge Craig Henderson to hold Jensen on an “extremely high bond,” noting that Jensen checked into Mind Springs Health as suicidal before his arrest and that prosecutors’ case is strong because of the photos and videos already collected as evidence.
Mahre said that in Jensen’s case, “significant prison time is at stake and likely.”
Public Defender Kimberly Paz asked for a fair bond in Jensen’s case, and said her client is classified as “high-functioning autistic.”
Jensen’s mother appeared in court as well and urged the court to order treatment for her son.
“My son is quite debilitated psychologically, and my concern is that he not be harmed,” the woman said. “He is a grown man and yet in many ways he is still a child.”
Henderson ordered the $500,000 cash-only bond, and ordered Jensen to stay away from children under the age of 18 and the victims in the case.
“The things that are charged here are of a horrific nature and that’s all the court needs to say,” Henderson said.
Anyone with information about the case should call the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Witness Tip Line at 244-3526.