Man suspected of filming sex with girl, 14
A 40-year-old Grand Junction man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion he had sex several times with a 14-year-old girl and used his cell phone to record the sexual encounters.
Robert Fortier, 1045 Grand Ave., No. 1, appeared in court Thursday and was advised he could face charges of sexual assault on a child, sexual assault, sexual exploitation of a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Mesa County Judge Craig
Henderson ordered him held on $150,000 bond, despite the objections of Fortier’s family.
Fruita Police Chief Mark Angelo declined to release Fortier’s mug shot because the investigation is ongoing.
The girl’s mother told police she found Fortier and her daughter in bed together one day last September or October. Fortier had previously moved into the family’s Grand Junction home, according to an arrest affidavit.
The girl admitted to her mother and stepfather that she had sex with Fortier but recanted her admission during an interview with a Grand Junction police detective, the affidavit said. Fortier told the same detective he did not have any sexual contact with the girl, the affidavit said.
Fortier later moved to a house in Fruita and rented a room from a man who told police the girl visited Fortier and that he thought there was something sexual happening between the two. The man, Kyle Jorgenson, said he confronted Fortier about it, but Fortier denied it, the affidavit said.
Jorgenson said he saw Fortier mixing alcoholic drinks for himself and the girl and later heard them having sex in Fortier’s bedroom one night in March. The next morning,
Jorgenson said he confronted Fortier and kicked him out, the affidavit said.
Another man renting a room from Jorgenson said he found a cell phone memory card on the floor of Fortier’s bedroom after Fortier moved out, and the man gave the memory card to Jorgenson.
Jorgenson told police he agreed to give back the memory card if Fortier would pay half of the $400 in rent he owed. But when Fortier showed up with only $70, Jorgenson refused to return the memory card, the affidavit said.
Fortier told Jorgenson there was music on the memory card, but when Jorgenson and the other roommate downloaded the card on a computer, they found seven video files of the 14-year-old girl engaged in sexual acts, the affidavit said.
Contacted by Fruita police, the girl admitted having sex with Fortier. Fortier, however, continued to deny having sex with the girl, the affidavit said.
District Attorney Pete Hautzinger told Henderson the case was “one of the more aggravated” child sex assault and exploitation cases he has seen and said Fortier posed a high flight risk.
Fortier’s sister and brother-in-law disputed that claim. His sister questioned the evidence in the case, and his brother-in-law said the 14-year-old was abused in her home and that Fortier “stood up and took care of her.”
Henderson, though, declined to budge on the bond or a restraining order preventing Fortier having contact with anyone under the age of 18.
“The likelihood of conviction is high,” the judge said.