Man charged in sex assaults of boy and girl

A Grand Junction man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a young girl and boy over several years.

Aaron “Jason” Dotson, 33, 2778 Grant Court, was advised Thursday by County Judge Gretchen Larson he has been charged with 15 counts of sexual assault by a person in a position of trust and 15 counts of sexual assault on a child, and he could be charged with two additional counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and two counts of sexual assault in a pattern of abuse.

According to an arrest affidavit, Dotson has been the focus of an investigation since December when a now-16-year-old girl came forward with claims she had been repeatedly raped by Dotson between approximately the ages of 3 and 12. The affidavit describes at least six separate forced sexual encounters at several locations involving the girl.

“When asked about the frequencies of the assaults, she said they occurred ‘every day’ ...” the affidavit said.

During several assaults, Dotson allegedly duct taped the girl’s mouth to stop her from screaming. He threatened to hurt the girl and her mother if she told anyone, the affidavit said.

The girl told investigators she walked into Dotson’s bedroom on one occasion and saw him sexually assaulting a young boy, the affidavit said.

The boy, now 10, told investigators he had been sexually assaulted since about the ages 4 and 5, the affidavit said.

Defense attorney Vince Felletter on Thursday told the judge Dotson has lived in Grand Junction for 15 years and just moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, two weeks ago to live with his mother. He said Dotson returned as soon as he learned a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Felletter told Larson that Dotson has “significant mental health issues” and has been diagnosed with autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, attachment disorder, sleep disorder and incontinence. He said those health problems could be fatal to Dotson if they’re not handled properly and asked that Dotson be allowed to return to Texas should he post bond and be released from jail.

Assistant District Attorney Rich Tuttle asked Larson to impose a $60,000 bond and require Dotson to be outfitted with a Global Positioning System device. He said Mesa County Jail staff indicated they’re capable of taking care of Dotson’s medical issues and can accommodate him long-term if necessary.

Larson ordered Dotson held on $250,000 bond and denied him permission to leave Colorado.


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