Salmeron guilty of sexual assault on a child
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A Garfield District Court jury found Luis Alonso Salmeron, 52, guilty of sexual assault on a child Thursday, after a five-day trial.
Salmeron, of Carbondale, who had been free on a bond of $25,000, was led away to jail immediately after the verdict was read in the courtroom.
He is to be sentenced by Judge James Boyd on Oct. 23, following completion of a presentence investigation and report by the district’s probation department. He faces 16 to 48 years in prison, under normal sentencing guidelines.
The jury arrived at its verdict quickly. The four women and eight men were handed the case shortly after 10 a.m., and deliberated for roughly an hour and a half.
Salmeron was declared guilty on all four counts of sexual assault, according to Deputy District Attorney Anne Norrdin.
The counts included sexual assault on a minor by someone in a position of trust on two or more occasions; of exhibiting a pattern of abuse in the assaults, and sexual assault on a minor younger than 15.
As part of his closing arguments, defense attorney Ted Hess pointed to discrepancies in testimony by the victim in the case, and suggested that she had been coached about what to say by the prosecution.
He said the victim’s best friend had told police that the victim was “untruthful” at times and that she tended to “exaggerate” things that happened to her.
But Norrdin countered that a “pretext call” to the defendant, placed by the victim at the direction of authorities, showed that Salmeron was aware his victim was troubled and what it was that was troubling her.
And, Norrdin stressed to the jury, the prosecutors in the case had not “manufactured evidence” in order to bolster their case, but had relied on the recollections of the victim as well as the investigative findings of the authorities.
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