Sex-assault suspect free on $10,000 bond

Wessley Franklin

A De Beque man suspected of multiple counts of child-related sex-assault posted $10,000 bond and walked out of Mesa County Jail on Monday, the same day he was arrested.

Wessley Wayne Franklin, 35, was arrested on a Mesa County Sheriff’s Department warrant on suspicion of multiple counts of sexual assault on a child, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and other offenses.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubinstein told Senior Judge Arthur Smith that prosecutors will seek to increase Franklin’s bond Monday at his next scheduled court appearance.

At the prosecutor’s request, Franklin, who appeared in court out of custody Tuesday, was ordered to have no contact with children under age 18 and be fitted with a Global Positioning System ankle monitor to track his movements.

Franklin’s arrest warrant originally was signed by Smith, who set bond at $10,000. Mesa County’s bond schedule, which provides recommendations for judges in setting bond, calls for a bond of $60,000 for the most serious allegations in Franklin’s case, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. It wasn’t clear Tuesday why the judge deviated from the bond schedule.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the Sheriff’s Department opened an investigation June 1 after receiving a referral from Mesa County Human Services, which indicated a 12-year-old girl told friends that Franklin had touched her inappropriately and forced her into sexual acts.

In a formal interview, the girl told an investigator of six specific sexual encounters with Franklin at his home, the affidavit said. She described a series of acts that did not include sexual intercourse.

Franklin denied the allegations but told an investigator he couldn’t think of a reason why the girl would fabricate them, the affidavit said.


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