Sex assaults, drugs alleged in separate cases

•  A 19-year-old Fruita man faces multiple charges of sex assault for allegedly committing sexual acts with a 13-year-old boy over a two-year period and once molesting a 14-year-old girl.

Anthony Michael Marquez was on probation for a sexual assault conviction that he picked up as a juvenile during the time he allegedly forced a boy to perform sex acts with him.

Marquez was in custody Thursday in Mesa County Jail on a $100,000 bond on eight charges of sexual assault.

The allegations surfaced Dec. 31, 2008, when the girl reported being molested to investigators at the Western Slope Center for Children. The boy was interviewed at the center about two weeks later in January.

The boy’s mother told police she was concerned that her son had contracted a sexually transmitted disease and questioned her son about it, according to an arrest affidavit for Marquez.

The boy told his mother he didn’t know what an STD was. The boy proceeded to tell his mother that Marquez initially threatened him with physical harm, and later threatened to falsely report that he was smoking and drinking if he did not engage in sexual acts, the affidavit said. The boy told his mother that the abuse had been occurring since before November 2006 and continued through last summer, the affidavit said.

•  A homeless Grand Junction man was arrested after selling undercover officers methamphetamine out of a Horizon Drive hotel room, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Jeffrey Finley, 34, was arrested and booked into Mesa County Jail on Thursday after arranging to sell about an ounce of meth to undercover officers at about 11 p.m. Wednesday from his room at the Ramada Inn, 752 Horizon Drive, according to an arrest affidavit.

Finley, who went by the name of “Tony,” gave officers a small quantity of a white substance, which officers said they would sample and call him later. Officers then left with the substance and tested it, which came back presumptive positive for meth. Officers then obtained a search warrant for the hotel room. During the search, officers found about an ounce of meth in the room’s safe and about a half an ounce of another substance that later tested positive for crack cocaine, the affidavit said.  Officers also found a digital scale in the room. Finley was placed into custody Thursday on a $50,000 bond on four felony charges of drug distribution and possessing drug paraphernalia. He also is being held on a $60,000 bond for outstanding warrants out of Delta County.


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