Child sex assault suspect spotted in Rifle |

Child sex assault suspect spotted in Rifle

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado ” The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office believes a man suspected of sexually assaulting multiple juveniles over an eight-year period was sighted in the Rifle area.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking people to be aware and report any information about Ronald Gray’s whereabouts.

“We are asking people not only to keep their eyes open but to share any information with us no matter how small they think it may be,” said community relations deputy Tanny McGinnis, in an e-mail. “(Gray) may possibly now be clean shaven and driving a gray or green Ford Taurus sedan.”

On July 8, the Sheriff’s Office said there was reason to believe Ronald Gray, 41, was hiding in the Denver area. On Friday, McGinnis said detectives have recently received three legitimate tips from citizens including sightings of Gray in the Rifle area.

Gray is wanted on charges of sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse, three counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, three counts of enticement of a child and one count of attempted sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust.

McGinnis said the assaults occurred over an eight year period in different places in the county, including at the Apple Tree Mobile Home Park, the location of Gray’s last known address. She said the Sheriff’s Office is not yet ready to share the number of alleged victims.

Gray delivered local newspapers and has a criminal history of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and a fraud charge, McGinnis said, and he also lived in New Castle for a portion of his childhood.

Gray at one time delivered newspapers as an independent contractor, and not an employee, for the Colorado Mountain News Media company that owns the Post Independent, according to the company’s human resources department.

Anyone who provides information leading to Gray’s prosecution can remain anonymous and earn up to $1,000 by calling Garfield County Crime Stoppers at 945-0101 or Detective Josh Brashears at 945-0453.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

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