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Firestone man takes plea deal in Erie intercourse assault case

Dillon Daniels (Boulder County Sheriff’s Office / Courtesy photo)

A Firestone man accused of forcing a 13-year-old girl to have oral sex in 2019 has signed a plea contract on his case.

19-year-old Dillon Daniels pleaded guilty on Tuesday of illegal sexual contact and third-degree assault, both offenses. While Daniels is from Firestone, the attack took place in Erie and so the case was prosecuted in Boulder District Court.

According to court records, prosecutors dropped the original charges under the injunction.

As part of the plea, Daniels will serve a deferred sentence for the unlawful charge of sexual contact. So if he is able to meet the conditions set by a judge and not to bring serious charges for the duration of his sentence, he will be allowed to withdraw the confession of guilt.

However, if he is found to have violated the regulations, he will be found guilty of unlawful sexual contact charges and sentenced.

Daniels, who remains free for a $ 250 bond, is officially sentenced on April 9th.

According to an affidavit, the police were informed in September 2019 of the allegations made by relatives of the 13-year-old girl Daniels knew through a mutual acquaintance.

The girl told investigators she believed the incident happened in the spring or summer of 2019. The girl said Daniels picked them up and they were going to a park to play soccer.

But the girl said Daniels drove her to Erie Lake instead and then asked to have sex with her. When the girl told Daniels that she didn’t want to have sex, he forced her to do oral sex with him.

In an interview with police, Daniels admitted that the girl had oral sex with him but claimed the girl was the one who came to see him and said she asked to have sex with him via Facebook messages. Daniels also claimed he thought the girl was 16 and the consent age in Colorado was 15.

However, according to the affidavit, the police found no evidence of Facebook messages between Daniels and the girl. The girl also told investigators that Daniels had known her and her family for several years and knew that she was not 16 years old.