Suspect accused of sex assault

A Parachute man has been arrested on suspicion he sexually assaulted two children, one of them over a number of years.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department arrested Michael William Wood, 48, on Dec. 31. He was being held Tuesday in Garfield County Jail in lieu of $300,000 bond.

He faces two counts of felony sexual assault on a child.

Authorities were first contacted in connection with the case Dec. 29. Wood is accused of
having inappropriately touched a child Sept. 13 while baby-sitting.

Investigators say the incident occurred after a second baby-sitter had gone to the store at Wood’s request to get snacks for him.

According to an arrest affidavit, the next day the child told someone, but that person initially hesitated to report the incident out of concern it might not have occurred.

However, on Dec. 8, with a witness present, the child asked Wood to promise not to do the same thing to her again, investigators said. According to the affidavit, Wood went pale, “played off the comment” and then quickly left to go wait in his car.

The child later repeated the allegation against Wood in an interview with investigators, authorities say.

During the investigation, another person said Wood had touched her inappropriately as often as once a month between 1994 and 1999, while she was still a child.

That person said once, while at Wood’s Buckshot Barber Shoppe in Rifle, she threatened to tell on him, and he “grabbed a gun he kept underneath a cash drawer, took it out, set it on the counter pointing at her, and told her that if she told, he would kill her.”

One witness told investigators Wood liked to watch cop shows “and was very outspoken in apparent disgust about pedophiles and child molesters.”


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