Silverthorne man sentenced to 26 years to life for child rape
November 11, 2009
SUMMIT COUNTY – Curtis Grant Baker of Silverthorne was sentenced Monday to 26 years to life after a Sept. 18 conviction for two counts of sexual assault on a child, among other charges.
The incidents occurred in July 2008 when Baker, 24, assaulted the then-14-year-old relative of his common-law wife. The girl reported that he fondled her repeatedly and forcibly raped her in the bathroom of the apartment Baker shared with his wife, their two young children and his wife’s mother, according to a press release from Deputy District Attorney Kristine Word.
Judge Karen Romeo said the event was “one of the most disturbing incidents I have come across,” according to the press release.
At the time of the assault, Baker was unemployed and had taken the victim with him to pick up his children from day care. They returned to the apartment Baker and his wife shared with their children and his wife’s mother.
“When they returned to the apartment, he put the crying 1-year-old in a crib upstairs, locked the 3-year-old outside and hung a blanket over the window before initiating the assault,” according to the press release.
Police located the jeans Baker was wearing at the time of the rape, and testing by the Colorado Department of Investigation revealed the victim’s blood and DNA inside of them, according to the press release.
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Word and Assistant District Attorney Scott Turner represented the prosecution in the case, and evidence included accounts from 12 witnesses including the victim, according to a previous report.
The convictions include two felony counts of sexual assault on a child, one felony of sexual contact with a child under the age of 15, and misdemeanors of third-degree assault and false imprisonment.
Baker was sentenced to 20 years to life on the sexual assault felonies, to run simultaneously, and six years to life on the sexual contact felony. County jail time for the misdemeanor convictions is to run simultaneously with the prison sentences, according to the press release.
The range of prison time available to the judge was 10 to 32 years to life on the sexual assault felonies, and five to 16 years to life on the sexual contact felony. The sentences could run to life based on Colorado’s Indeterminate Sentencing statutes, which allow for an increase or decrease in prison time based on the inmate’s behavior and status of rehabilitation.