Man accused of sex assaults against boy, 11

Stanley Dee Smith

An Orchard Mesa man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion he forced a now 11-year-old boy into sexual acts during a 14-month span that ended in October 2006.

Stanley Dee Smith, 58, was ordered by County Court Judge Gretchen Larson on Wednesday held at the Mesa County Jail on $300,000 bond. Smith was arrested by Grand Junction police on a warrant alleging 10 counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, plus another 10 counts of sexual assault on a child by force.

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger told Larson that an investigation continues into “the most aggravated case I’ve seen in my entire career,” and additional charges are possible against Smith and others.

“I don’t know if you can set bond high enough,” Hautzinger said.

The boy had been removed from a local couple’s home, where Smith lived, by the Mesa County Department of Human Services in October 2006, according to Smith’s arrest affidavit.

The boy was placed with a foster family and was living with the family in November 2009 when he made allegations against Smith, the affidavit said.

Over dinner with his foster family, the boy alleged Smith would come into his room and sleep with him in the nude and engage in sex acts.

“... (Boy) said it didn’t matter how much he fought, screamed or cried, Stan would hold him down” and have sex with him, the affidavit said.

The assaults began when the boy was 6, the affidavit alleged. He told investigators, “This happened for as long as I can remember,” the affidavit said.

A doctor found injuries to the boy consistent with acts Smith has been accused of performing, the affidavit said.

According to the affidavit, during an interview with investigators, Smith was asked: What should be done to someone who sexually assaults a child? Smith replied, “Canada, castration and life sentence, with no chance of parole,” the affidavit said.

Smith, when told the boy had accused him of repeated sexual assaults, replied, “Oh, no,” and denied it, saying he would “take any kind of test” toward clearing his name, the affidavit said.

The affidavit said Smith voluntarily went to the Grand Junction Police Department on Jan. 13 and submitted to a computer voice-stress test.

A detective believed the test showed Smith answered truthfully when he denied the allegations, the affidavit said.


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