Sexual assault

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Pope admits church realized sex abuse problem ‘a bit late’

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Thursday acknowledged the Catholic Church was “a bit late” in realizing the damage done by priests who rape and molest children, and said that the decades-long...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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Durango man gets probation for attempted sex assault on child

A 70-year-old Durango man was sentenced to six years probation Thursday for sexually assaulting a small child. Frederick Blevins, who has been in jail for 189 days, is expected to be released this...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango man gets 90 days for attempted sex assault on child

A Durango man who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl has been sentenced to 90 days in jail, six years probation and must register as a sex offender. Louis Smith, 24, had sexual relations with...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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La Plata County man sentenced in attempted sex assault

A La Plata County man who pleaded guilty to burglary, menacing and attempted sexual assault was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison. District Court Judge Jeffrey Wilson also sentenced Wayne...

DATE: June 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Event planned to support victims of sexual violence

An event organized by Animas High School student Ellis McNichol, “Healing from Rape and Sexual Assault: A Day of Unity, Healing and Empowerment,” will be held Monday, May 15, at the Smiley...

DATE: May 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Man suspected of photographing up woman’s skirt in Durango

Police are searching for a man suspected of using his cellphone to take video or photographs up the skirt of a woman last week at Walmart in Durango. The incident occurred Saturday, said Bryan...

DATE: May 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Edmundo Cuahutle-Solis of La Plata County gets six years for attempted sex assault on child

A La Plata County man was sentenced this week to six years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted sexual assault of a child. It was the maximum penalty allowed under terms of a plea agreement...

DATE: May 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Judge refuses to undo knife-wielding assailant’s guilty plea

A Durango man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman at knifepoint but changed his mind about pleading guilty, won’t be given a do-over. Wayne Baty, 29, held back tears Friday after...

DATE: March 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Judge denies bail reduction for Durango man suspected of sex assault on child

A district court judge on Friday denied a request to reduce bail for a 69-year-old Durango man suspected of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl. Frederick Blevins was arrested Feb. 9 and is being...

DATE: March 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango man charged with sex assault on child

A 69-year-old Durango man suspected of touching a girl inappropriately was charged Friday with sexual assault on a child. Frederick Blevins is accused of touching the girl below the waist while she...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Man who filmed ‘upskirt videos’ sentenced to three years in prison

A Utah man who strapped a cellphone to his foot to film videos under the skirts of women at City Market in Durango was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday. “This is a harsh sentence,”...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango joins One Billion Rising to celebrate survivors of sex assault

With red balloons bouncing, a group danced in Buckley Park Tuesday afternoon to raise awareness about sexual assault. On each balloon, participants wrote what or who motivated them to come. Taylor...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News