New Castle man pleads guilty to sexual assault |

New Castle man pleads guilty to sexual assault

Pete Fowler
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” A 56-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to one count of sexual assault on a child under 15.

He remains in the Garfield County Jail with no possibility of bond and is scheduled for sentencing on March 20, according to the Garfield County Combined Courts office.

Dennis Otto Thompson, 56, was arrested after a woman brought inappropriate photographs of her children to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office in September 2006, saying Thompson had taken them. Thompson was taken into custody on suspicion of two counts of sexual exploitation of children and one count of sexual assault on a child.

The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office had formally filed 47 felony charges against Thompson in October 2006. They include three counts of sexual exploitation of children ” induce or entice, one count of sexual assault on a child under 15, and 43 counts of sexual exploitation of a child ” possess material. If a judge accepts the plea offer on the single charge, 46 charges could be dropped.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the mother of the alleged victims gave authorities 10 inappropriate photographs of at least two of her three children. She said she’d found them in Thompson’s dresser near his bed. She told authorities she’d been dating Thompson for four years and that he had moved from Battlement Mesa to New Castle, the affidavit says.

The woman told authorities that she became curious about the dresser when Thompson asked her not to place marijuana he’d left in her car in the dresser and instead asked that she leave it elsewhere in his house. The woman alleged that Thompson told her he was sorry, that he only took the photos once when they first started dating in 2002 and he thought he’d destroyed the images, the affidavit states.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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