Clifton Man Arrested For Allegedly Sexually Assualting Girl

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

21-year-old Walter "David" Long was arrested Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, but this was not the first time he had a run in with the law on this issue.

Back in 2004 Long was convicted of sexually assaulting a child, and as a result of that conviction, the court ordered him not to have contact with any child under the age of 16. Now, he stands accused of violating that order.

Long is facing four counts of sexual assault on a child and three counts of sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse.

According to an arrest affadavit, Long had been engaging in sexual activity with a fourteen year old girl multiple times since that previous conviction.

The Sheriff's Office received a phone call from the girl's mother saying she was concerned about the relationship between Long and her daughter. Authorities say she did not know about the sexual nature of the relationship.

According to statements authorities received from the girl, the sexual activity was consensual, and in several cases, she initiated it.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says, however, that doesn't excuse him from violating his probation.

"We do understand that there is an awkward time period for children between the ages of fourteen and eighteen, and even up to the age of twenty-one," said Mesa County Sherriff's Office spokesperson Norma Mestas. "But those laws are in place for a reason and we want people to know that this is our sole function here -- to ensure the children of this community remain safe."

Long is currently being held in the Mesa County Jail on $100,000 bond.


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