Man guilty of abuse
By JARED STRONG
A jury found a 26-year-old rural Grand Junction man guilty of one of three criminal charges that stemmed from an incident last year in which he was accused of pinning down a 9-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her with his hand, according to court records.
Jeremy Joe Orfield faces up to two years in prison for indecent contact with a child.
The jury found him not guilty of two felonies that together are punishable by decades in prison.
The reasons for the jurors’ verdicts are not contained in court documents.
Orfield has been released from jail, where he had been detained since his arrest in August.
Orfield was accused of going to the girl’s house in the 400 block of West Russell Street in Jefferson on July 28, 2018, purportedly to spend time with the girl’s brother.
Orfield allegedly asked the girl’s mother — who was away from home — for permission to go to the house. The mother had been wary of Orfield but allowed him to go because there was another adult at the house, court records show.
Later, that adult left, and Orfield was told to leave, according to court records. He did, but he went back.
With the brother still asleep Orfield climbed onto the girl’s bed and asked her for a hug. She told him to leave, but he wouldn’t.
The girl told investigators that she ran from her bedroom and went to a living room couch, where Orfield showed her pornography on his phone and offered her $5 to touch her buttocks.
She accused him of assaulting her.
“Jeremy provided her with the $5 bill and told her not to tell anyone,” a criminal complaint says.
Orfield’s sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.