On Friday, February 24, 2017, a jury consisting of twelve citizens from Delta County found defendant, Arturo Mendoza, guilty on the two felony charges that were filed in this case. The verdict was read in the Delta District Court before the Honorable Steven Schultz. The two charges occurred during the time period of January 1, 2014, through September 30, 2014, and are as follows:
- Count 1: Sex Assault on a Child, C.R.S. 18-3-405(1), a class four felony.
- Count 2: Enticement of a Child, C.R.S. 18-3-305(1), a class four felony.
This trial began February 21, 2017, and it lasted through February 24, 2017. The evidence was presented through the testimony of the child victim, her family, expert witnesses, and law enforcement officers. These verdicts are the result of hard work from the entire Sex Offense Prosecution Team, including Deputy District Attorneys Seth Ryan and Lane Thomasson; Victims Services Specialist Denetta Dunlap; and our partners in law enforcement, specifically Corporal Chad Lloyd of the Hotchkiss Marshall’s Office.
Cases involving sex offense charges require extraordinary work, especially when the sex offense involves a victim who is a minor child. The District Attorney recognizes and appreciates all of the efforts of the Sex Offense Team and Law Enforcement. In addition, these cases present circumstances difficult for jurors to hear, and the District Attorney expressly thanks all the jurors who appeared for service and those that were selected to hear this case.
Mr. Mendoza was remanded into the custody of the Delta County Sheriff’s Office and will be held in the Delta County Jail until sentencing. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 22, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. in the Delta District Court. The court can impose probation or may commit the defendant to the Department of Corrections for a period of two years to twelve years, and up to the lifetime of the offender. The defendant will be required to participate in sex offender treatment and to register as a sex offender.