Clifton man, 62, arrested in solicitation of sex with a child

Jesus Gonzalez-Orpinel

A 62-year-old Clifton man was arrested Thursday on allegations he solicited sex from a 16-year-old girl for $20 last summer.

Jesus Gonzalez-Orpinel told investigators “maybe I said stupid things” during an interview at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department about an alleged incident involving a teenager in July at a home located in the 3200 block of Mesa Avenue, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The alleged victim said she thought Gonzalez-Orpinel “was going to ask her to mow the lawn” one day in July when he asked if she wanted to make $20. Instead, she said he asked to sneak upstairs in a home and have sex, the affidavit said.

“(Girl) said the suspect said it would be okay because he had a condom and he patted his pocket and his penis,” the affidavit said.

She then described him rubbing up against the side of her torso with his hand. She declined the offer.

“When (investigator) asked what she wanted to happen, (girl) said, ‘I want him to go away forever and I think he’s gonna burn in hell for it,” the affidavit said.

The girl’s allegations came to light after Sheriff’s Department investigators had opened a separate, unrelated investigation involving the alleged sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl.

Interviewed in the new case involving the 16-year-old girl, he admitted buying cigarettes for her and soliciting sex.

“Yeah, it never happened again, I promise you,” he told investigator, while claiming he was drunk at the time. The girl, however, insisted he didn’t smell of alcohol.

He denied physically touching her during the incident.

Gonzalez-Orpinel was ordered Friday held at the Mesa County Jail on $50,000 bond on suspicion of soliciting for child prostitution, a Class 3 felony, and misdemeanor attempted sexual assault.


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