Man accused of sexually assaulting child

A Grand Junction man was arrested early Sunday morning after he allegedly admitted to sexually assaulting a young child who was staying overnight at his house.

Michael Robert Smith, 51, 653 Lela Place, was jailed on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. He is being held at the Mesa County Jail without bond pending his first appearance in court today.

According to an arrest affidavit, the child and the child’s siblings were dropped off at Smith’s house to spend the night and the child’s parents had gone to a friend’s house to have a couple of drinks.

The alleged victim’s age and gender were redacted from the affidavit.

Smith called the child’s parents about 11 p.m. Saturday and asked them to come pick up the child because the child didn’t want to stay there. The parents received another call about an hour later from a woman at the same address saying they needed to come pick up the kids immediately, the affidavit said.

Once they arrived, the woman at the house told them Smith had fondled the child. The mother confronted Smith in his bedroom and yelled at him, the affidavit said.

“(The mother) said Mr. Smith said “I am going to slit my throat because I am worthless,” a deputy wrote in the affidavit. “(The mother) said she told him she didn’t care.”

The child told the woman at the house that Smith put his hand down the child’s shorts while he was tickling the child. When confronted by deputies, Smith, who indicated he had been drinking, admitted to fondling the child, the affidavit said.

Smith told deputies he felt awful for what he had done and said he was going to slit his throat, the affidavit said.


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