Man gets probation for solicitation
A 63-year-old man suspected of offering $20 to a teenage girl to have sex will serve probation and work release.
Jesus Gonzalez-Orpinel of Clifton was ordered Wednesday by District Judge Valerie Robison to serve two years of intensive, supervised probation while also serving one year in Mesa County work release. Robison ordered he serve 24 months in the Mesa County Jail, but suspended the sentence.
Gonzalez-Orpinel pleaded guilty in May to a misdemeanor count of unlawful sexual contact, while the District Attorney’s Office dismissed felony counts of soliciting child prostitution and attempted sexual assault.
He told investigators, “maybe I said some stupid things” during a July 2012 incident with a 16-year-old girl at a home in the 3200 block of Mesa Avenue, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. The girl told police she thought Gonzalez-Orpinel “was going to ask her to mow the lawn” when he asked if she wanted to make $20. Instead, she said he asked to sneak upstairs in a home and have sex.
“(Girl) said the suspect said it would be okay because he had a condom and he patted his pocket and his penis,” the affidavit said.
She declined the offer.
Gonzalez-Orpinel must register as a sex offender.