Fake tutor gets 12 years in sex assault
A Grand Junction man who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl after posing as a tutor endorsed by School District 51 will serve at least 12 years in prison.
Adam Clayton Ross, 28, was sentenced Thursday by District Judge Brian Flynn to serve 12 years to life in prison, which stems from Ross’ guilty plea to one count of sexual assault on a child. The sentence was the maximum allowed under a plea agreement with the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office.
The sentencing scheme means Ross will serve at least 12 years before he’s considered for possible parole by the Colorado Department of Corrections.
A Colorado Mesa University student at the time, Ross was arrested in November on allegations he gained the trust of a girl’s family, representing himself as a tutor assisting students with an online schooling program.
The family allowed Ross inside their home starting last September, according to an affidavit. Ross gave a fake letter to the girl’s parents with District 51 letterhead.
“(Mother) stated she was uncomfortable with Mr. Ross because he frequently went outside to smoke and talked most of the time about unrelated topics with (girl) instead of school work,” the affidavit said. Ross persuaded the girl to sneak out of her home and told investigators of at least one incident when Ross forcibly sexually assaulted her.
The girl said Ross told her not to tell anyone about the incident and gave her a bottle of Brisk tea. “(Girl) said she drank only part of it because it tasted funny and she had memory problems for the next few days,” the affidavit said.