GJ man guilty of repeatedly molesting girl

Assaults began nearly a decade ago when girl was 7; sentencing Jan. 20

A jury convicted a Grand Junction man, Michael Ray Little, on 12 charges stemming from his repeated sexual molestation of a girl, starting nearly a decade ago, when she was 7 years old.

As Mesa County District Court Judge Thomas Deister read each of the 12 charges and the jury’s verdicts Thursday morning, Little hung his head, only occasionally looking up.

Exiting the courtroom to spend his first day of what could be a life behind bars, Little told his family he loved them.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Tammy Eret said she was pleased with the trial’s result.

“It was the right verdict,” she said.

Eret said Little could face anywhere from 10 years to life in prison when Deister sentences him Jan. 20 at 1:30 p.m.

During closing arguments, Eret recounted for jurors the terror Little’s victim must have felt every time the defendant raped her.

Eret said the victim had become so desensitized to acts and topics that would have normally shocked or scared young girls that the teenager spoke of them as though she was discussing what she had for lunch.

Eret, a veteran prosecutor of sex crimes, also relied heavily on Little’s videotaped confession, telling the jury: “It is what it is.”

The jury reached its verdict after roughly six hours of deliberations that started Wednesday afternoon.


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