Rifle man charged with alleged sexual assault | PostIndependent.com

Rifle man charged with alleged sexual assault

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Trent Martin Pressler

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A Rifle man has been formally charged with sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.

Trent Martin Pressler, 41, was arrested by local authorities on April 12 at a residence in Morrison, where he has allegedly been living for about one year.

He was transported back to Garfield County and booked into the Garfield County Jail on April 14. He remains incarcerated on a $50,000 bond.

Pressler appeared in Garfield County District Court Wednesday for filing of charges. He is charged with three felony counts of sexual assault on a child, including one count of pattern of abuse and sexual assault by one in a position of trust.

According to the arrest affidavit, Pressler allegedly sexually assaulted the minor four to five separate times over a two- to three-year period. The alleged activity was discovered after the victim reported the abuse to her parents.

Detectives believe the abuse stopped about the same time when Pressler left the area, about one year ago, according to the report. Pressler left the area due to a divorce, the report stated, and has been living with relatives in Morrison.

Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Daniel Petre appointed Public Defender Steve McCrohan as defense council in the case. Pressler is due back in court next month.

A man arrested in early April for brandishing a machete in an alleged road rage incident appeared in district court Wednesday for a formal filing of charges.

Taylor Ray Lee, 21, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated menacing with a weapon, a felony, and careless driving. He appeared in Garfield County District Court Wednesday. A return filing of charges is set for May.

According to the arrest affidavit, a driver called police and alleged that Lee had been tailgating his vehicle from Carbondale to the County Road 114 intersection of Highway 82. The reporting party told police that Lee got out of his White Jeep Cherokee brandishing an 18 to 24-inch machete.

Lee was arrested by Glenwood Springs Police near 8th Street and Grand Avenue minutes later, where Lee told authorities that he “showed” the other driver the blade of the weapon, but did not exit his vehicle, according to the report. The report stated that Lee told police that he was following the other driver because they were driving slowly and would not pull over to the right-hand lane.


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