Glenwood man receives 3 years for attempted sex assault
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A 22-year-old Glenwood Springs man was sentenced in Garfield County District Court Thursday to three years in prison for attempted sexual assault involving an underaged girl.
Thomas Dean Pillow was originally charged with two felony counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in position of trust involving a child less than 15 years old. He eventually pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child.
Pillow was arrested in March of this year by Glenwood Springs Police after the victim reportedly told her mother about an incident involving the defendant, in which he crawled into her bed and made her touch him inappropriately, according to court records.
Pillow, who was in the National Guard at the time, has been in the Garfield County Jail on $75,000 bond since his arrest.
During the Thursday sentencing hearing, Judge Daniel Petre heard emotional statements from family members, including a written statement from the victim that was read by a family friend, before handing down the sentence.
Both the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the public defender recommended a three-year sentence to the Department of Corrections, followed by a period of sex offender intensive probation. The judge ordered two years of probation, and credited Pillow’s seven months served in the Garfield County Jail toward his prison sentence.
“What you did was reprehensible, wrong and very hurtful,” Petre told Pillow during the sentencing.
However, he also noted that Pillow had lived an “exemplary life” to that point, and had no previous juvenile or adult criminal record.
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