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Carbondale man to face sex assault trial

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - A trial begins Friday in Ninth District Court for a man accused of sexual assault on a child.

Luis Alonso Salmeron, of Carbondale, is charged with three counts of sexual assault on a minor by someone in a position of trust on two or more occasions, of exhibiting a pattern of abuse in the assaults, and of sexual assault on a minor younger than 15.

The offenses allegedly involved inappropriate touching of a child.

Salmeron, 52, was arrested on Oct. 24, 2011, by officers with the Carbondale Police Department, following a one-day investigation.

He was later released from jail on a bond of $25,000 to await trial, according to jail records.

An affidavit for Salmeron's arrest, submitted to the court by Carbondale Officer Alvaro Agon, describes an investigation that started at about noon on Oct. 24, 2011.

The police got a call from the Garfield County Department of Human Services about a possible case of sexual abuse involving a schoolgirl and went to the school later in the day to conduct interviews.

According to the affidavit, the victim in the case had confided to a friend that there had been inappropriate contact between her and Salmeron, and the friend encouraged the victim to talk to a school counselor.

Following interviews with the victim, her mother, and a school counselor, police then interviewed Salmeron himself at the Carbondale police station, according to court records.

He was then arrested and taken to the Garfield County Jail.

If convicted on all three counts at the end of the five-day trial, Salmeron is facing 12 to 32 years in prison, under normal sentencing guidelines.

jcolson@postindependent.com


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