Glenwood Springs Police arrest local man suspected of committing multiple sexual assaults against minors

A Glenwood Spring man is suspected of committing multiple sexual assaults against juveniles between 2014-2023, Glenwood Springs Police Chief Joseph Deras said in a news release Wednesday.

Jesus Armando Granados Mejia, 46, was arrested for sexually assaulting at least three juveniles. The GSPD is concerned there are additional victims.

Jesus Armando Granados Mejia

“Glenwood Springs Officers were made aware of a sexual assault which began in 2014 and continued through 2023,” the release states. “The initial victim was a juvenile at the time of the various assaults. As detectives investigated the allegations, they identified two additional juvenile victims.”

Each case, which did not occur simultaneously or while other victims were present, has a consistent pattern of Mejia providing the juveniles with alcohol, marijuana and cocaine before the assault occurred.

“As they were under the influence of the above substances, the suspect assaulted the victims,” the release states.

According to a victim’s statement to detectives, on one occasion, Mejia intimidated her with a firearm. He directed her to delete text message exchanges which corroborated the victim’s statement to police, the release states.  

“Those messages implicated Mr. Mejia,” the release states. “When the victim objected to deleting the messages, Mr. Mejia displayed a firearm in a threatening manner and again directed to her (to) delete the messages.”

Mejia has since been released and has a court date scheduled for November.

“Based on the investigations thus far, we believe there are additional victims,” the release states. “If anyone has information regarding this suspect and potential/similar crimes, we urge you to contact the Glenwood Springs Police Department. We respect every person’s right to a fair and impartial process through our courts and all are presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

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