Clifton man accused of raping woman while her sick child slept beside her

Shane Sanders

A Clifton man has been arrested on charges he snuck into a woman’s home and raped her while her son slept next to her.

Shane Allen Sanders, 32, 489 33 1/2 Road, was advised Thursday that he could be charged with felony counts of sexual assault and first-degree burglary and a misdemeanor count of false imprisonment. Mesa County Judge Gretchen Larson ordered him held on a $25,000 cash-only bond.

The woman, who knows Sanders, called Grand Junction police early on the morning of Nov. 22, hours after the alleged assault occurred. She said she had been outside on her front porch and went inside when her son, who was sick, began crying. She acknowledged that she wasn’t sure whether she locked the front door when she returned inside, according to an arrest affidavit.

She said she and her son went to sleep, but she later awakened to see Sanders kneeling next to her bed, causing her to scream out of fear and awakening her son.

She said while she consoled her son back to sleep, Sanders climbed on top of her and sexually assaulted her. She said she didn’t put up a fight because she didn’t want her son to wake up, according to the affidavit.

During the assault, the woman said Sanders made a comment about her not wearing the underwear he sent her in the mail.

She later told officers she had received a pair of underwear in the mail. There was no name or address on the package, though she assumed Sanders sent the underwear to her, the affidavit said.

The woman said she called a friend after the assault, who came to the house and consoled her until police arrived. She said she was hesitant to contact law enforcement because of a previous investigation conducted by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office in 2009. She said she believed the Sheriff’s Office investigation was unsatisfactory, the affidavit said.

A medical examination concluded the woman sustained injuries consistent with sexual assault, according to police.

Sanders initially agreed to speak with detectives, then told them on Dec. 5 he wanted an attorney present for the interview, the affidavit said.

Police obtained a warrant for Sanders’ arrest Monday.


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