Marine accused of sexually assaulting girl

A Marine Corps sergeant stationed on the Front Range was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl in Grand Junction.

Jonathan Douglas Roy, 23, of Lochbuie, was arrested at Buckley Air Force Base on suspicion of sexual assault on a child as a pattern of abuse. He’s expected to be brought to Mesa County within 10 days, authorities said.

Roy, who is assigned to a Marine Corps Reserve Unit at the Aurora air base, is accused of starting a sexual relationship with a teenage girl in Grand Junction during the Air Show of September 2008, according to an arrest affidavit.

Police began an investigation earlier this month after the girl’s parents found her sending text messages on a cell phone that Roy had given her as a gift, the affidavit said.

The girl said she met Roy, who is married, at least four times at Grand Junction-area hotels, the affidavit said. She describes various sex acts with Roy during each meeting.

Authorities declined to release the girl’s age, but according to Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin, the girl is “under 14.”

The affidavit said the girl placed a phone call to Roy, which she allowed to be recorded by sheriff’s investigators.

During the conversation, Roy said he thought the girl was 16 when they met.

“He said he wanted to let her know his side of the story and to see if they could ‘resolve this without it getting to any kind of higher level,’” the affidavit said.

A Marine Corps spokesman Thursday said Roy was deployed twice for tours in Iraq in 2005 and 2006, where he was awarded several decorations, including the Marine Corps’ Good Conduct Medal.

Roy’s future with the Marine Corps will be evaluated after the conclusion of his criminal case in Mesa County, the spokesman said.


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