Grand Junction man accused of repeated rapes |

Grand Junction man accused of repeated rapes

Paul Shockley
Grand Junction Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” A scuffle over a purse led to what District Attorney Pete Hautzinger on Tuesday called “one of the more aggravated sex assault cases I’ve seen.”

The DA’s comments came during a first court appearance Tuesday for 34-year-old Giavoni Orion Donatelli of Grand Junction ” County Court Judge Gretchen Larson set bond at $500,000.

Donatelli was arrested Monday on a Mesa County Sheriff’s warrant alleging two counts of sexual assault, one count of sexual assault on a child as a pattern of abuse, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and false imprisonment.

According to an affidavit, Donatelli’s case hit investigators’ radar after the sheriff’s office received a robbery claim April 15 involving a purse: A member of Donatelli’s family claimed one of Donatelli’s daughters was recently robbed of the purse outside Patterson Road’s Safeway store.

The one-time suspect in the robbery, a 21-year-old woman, her boyfriend and his 17-year-old sister were interviewed April 16 by a sheriff’s investigator.

The 21-year-old woman said she had left the purse at the Donatelli home ” where she’d been baby-sitting ” after she was allegedly raped in a downstairs computer room, the affidavit said.

The woman said Donatelli ” listed on his Colorado driver’s license as 6 feet, 10 inches tall and upward of 225 pounds ” walked downstairs, shoved her against a wall and raped her against a computer chair.

He returned upstairs afterward to watch television.

“(Woman) said she then ran out of the home and left, forgetting to take her purse,” the affidavit says.

Another female, 17, told an investigator she was repeatedly raped while living with the family for seven months, before she was kicked out of the home in September 2006.

She alleged she was forced to have sexual intercourse every “third or fourth” night.

Donatelli allegedly mixed pills in his wife’s tea, then walked into the room where the 17-year-old girl slept and raped her.

The girl said, while still living at the home, her worried grandparents took her to the Western Slope Center for Children to be interviewed.

“(Girl) said she lied to the interviewer, said there were no problems, and physically ran away from the interview and center,” the affidavit states.

An investigator confirmed the interview happened August 2007.

‘Not feeling well’

When contacted by an investigator last Thursday, April 24, Donatelli said he “didn’t feel well” and couldn’t be interviewed, according to an affidavit.

Donatelli was apparently allowed to go about his business.

The investigator left Donatelli’s house after he said he’d call to set up an interview later in the day, or on April 25, according to the affidavit.

On April 25, he called the investigator saying he couldn’t be interviewed until sometime on Monday.

“As of 9 a.m. (Monday), I have not heard back from Mr. Donatelli,” the investigator wrote.

An arrest warrant was issued that same day.

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