Rape of 11-year-old girl alleged

A Grand Junction man who was ordered last year to have no contact with a woman and her children, including an 11-year-old girl, has been arrested on charges he raped the 11-year-old at the family’s home.

Christian Leonardo Viana-Ruiz, 30, made his first appearance in court Thursday, where he was advised that he could be charged with first-
degree kidnapping, sexual assault on a child, unlawful sexual contact, third-degree assault, false imprisonment and violation of a protection order. He was ordered held in the Mesa County Jail on a $250,000 cash-only bond.

The alleged rape was reported to Grand Junction police Wednesday afternoon.

The girl told police her mother went shopping Tuesday evening with her younger sister while she and her younger brother stayed at home and watched TV in her bedroom.

After the mother left, Viana-Ruiz told the 11-year-old to come into the living room and ordered the brother to stay in the bedroom and not come out, according to an arrest affidavit.

Viana-Ruiz turned the lights off, grabbed the girl around the waist and pulled her toward a bed. He then pulled off her pants and sexually assaulted her, continuing to do so even after she began crying and told him to stop, the affidavit said.

After the assault ended, the girl said Viana-Ruiz told her to take a shower before her mother got home and threatened to hurt her and her family if she told anyone, the affidavit said.

The girl’s mother told police she went shopping for 20 minutes and returned to find her daughter in the shower.

She said while cleaning the house on Wednesday she found a used condom in the trash. The mother said she talked about it with her daughter, who initially denied knowing anything about it before claiming Viana-Ruiz had raped her, the affidavit said.

The mother told police she has been living with Viana-Ruiz for about four years. She said Viana-Ruiz was arrested for domestic violence against her last September and was restrained from her family and the house, but that she was afraid of him and allowed him to move back in a month after his arrest, the affidavit said.

Viana-Ruiz was arrested Wednesday after he arrived at the home while police were searching it.

He refused to talk to officers, police said.


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