Life term ‘on the table’ for sex-assault suspect

Larry Pitre

A 39-year-old man advised Tuesday on multiple child sex assault counts faces a possible lifetime corrections sentence, in connection with alleged assaults against a teen girl from as far back as 2014.

Larry Pitre — who was arrested on a warrant in support of charges of sexual assault on a child, and sexual assault on a child in a position of trust and as a pattern of abuse — moved to Grand Junction from Pueblo in 2014, according to law enforcement.

While in Pueblo, he’s alleged to have improperly touched a 14-year-old child victim while she was sleeping, a story the girl later recanted, according to police. Pitre is alleged to have assaulted the girl repeatedly over six months while living in Grand Junction as well.

The girl also made allegations that “Larry would bribe (the victim) with marijuana in exchange for her allowing him to have sexual contact with her,” according to Pitre’s arrest affidavit.

Mesa County Assistant District Attorney Rich Tuttle in court Tuesday said a lifetime sentence “was on the table” considering the 12 counts Pitre could possibly be charged with, and said the “continuing pattern of conduct” detailed in his arrest affidavit warranted a high cash-only bond in the case.

Public Defender Scott Troxell said he was not provided an affidavit in the case before Tuesday’s advisement, and was working with limited information in arguing for a personal-recognizance bond.

Mesa County Court Judge Michael Grattan sided with the prosecution and issued Pitre a $50,000 cash-only bond. He set his next court date for May 16.


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