Teen suspect in rape to face adult charges

David Clement

A teenage boy who struck up a relationship with a girl he met on Facebook is accused of beating and raping the girl during their second in-person meeting.

David R. Clement, 18, of Grand Junction, will be prosecuted as an adult after being arrested on a warrant Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping with intent to commit sexual assault and sexual assault by force, a prosecutor said Thursday. Clement turned 18 on March 25.

The alleged victim, 15, told police she was sexually assaulted Jan. 8. She reported it three days later.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Clement and the girl met via Facebook two months prior to the incident.

They chatted on Yahoo! Messenger 10 to 12 times, before Clement phoned her the afternoon of Jan. 8 and asked her to meet him at Mesa Mall, the affidavit said.

The girl later told a detective she and Clement had met one time before the alleged assault, during which she touched his genitals when he asked her to do so.

On Jan. 8, they met at Target, crossed Patterson Road and walked to the north side of PetSmart, 2428 Patterson Road.

There, she said, Clement told her he “needed to have sex with her,” the affidavit said. She said she refused, and Clement punched her in the stomach with a closed fist.

“When (girl) stood up, David hit her in the ribs again, causing her pain,” the affidavit said.

The affidavit said he grabbed her by the wrist and led her behind Kohl’s, between two Dumpsters, where she was sexually assaulted. She told officers he had condoms and a camera with him.

“(Girl) stated she did not fight back because she was afraid David would hit her again, so she ‘just laid there and stared at the sky and birds,’ ” the affidavit said.

Clement told detectives the sex was consensual. Clement’s answers about the incident during a lie-detector examination administered by Grand Junction police detectives showed “deception,” the affidavit said.

The affidavit said officers photographed injuries on the girl including a 4-inch bruise to her torso and smaller wounds to her wrist.

Clement on Thursday was ordered held at the Mesa County Jail on $200,000 bond.


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