Man accused of sexually assaulting boy, 4

Dakota Cribari

A 20-year-old Grand Junction man was advised Wednesday in Mesa County Court on possible sex assault on a child charges for alleged improper conduct with a 4-year-old boy.

Prosecutors said lifetime incarceration or supervision is possible if Dakota Cribari, 20, were convicted on the potential charges raised in court.

Cribari is alleged to have assaulted a boy who was left in the care of a babysitter who is related to Cribari, according to an affidavit for his arrest. The alleged crimes happened while the child’s babysitter left the boy alone with Cribari on May 4.

That same day, the child apparently told his parents about improper sexual contact between himself and Cribari. The child later told investigators that Cribari improperly touched him, and engaged in sexual contact with him.

“He out-cried on the same day it happened. There was some very offensive behavior that was done toward this child,” Mesa County Assistant District Attorney Rich Tuttle said Wednesday. “We would consider this to be a very serious offense.”

The father of the victim addressed the court and said Cribari is someone who has “been in close contact with all of our children,” and that “I’ve been very good to this person, and I feel betrayed.” He added, “Everything that we’ve been going through for the past week just seems surreal.”

According to his arrest affidavit, Cribari told investigators in part that the alleged victim “lies sometimes.”

In arguing for a personal-recognizance bond, public defender Craig Blake said Cribari has no criminal history and has never been arrested.

Mesa County Court Judge Michael Grattan, however, issued a $25,000 cash-only bond in the case, and set the next court date for May 19.


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