Recently, 65-year-old Gilbert Joseph Trujillo was charged with 11 counts of sexual assault on a child, according to a news report at 9news.com. Trujillo was formerly employed as an elementary school teacher at Dupont Elementary School in Commerce City, CO.
Trujillo was arrested on Monday, June 22, and advised of the charges he faces on Tuesday. Those charges include one count of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust as a pattern of abuse, five counts of sexual assault on a child, and five counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.
The defendant taught fourth and fifth grades at the school, where he is alleged to have assaulted five female students who were about 9 or 10 years old between August of 2005 and May of 2011. One student recalled that Trujillo would have girls come to his desk, then hold them by their hips, or even have them sit on his lap. She said that she felt he was a “little too friendly” with female students, and that she got “weird vibes” from him.
While Trujillo admitted to the claims of students that he had given some of the girls jewelry, toys, cell phones, and Valentine’s gifts, he said that he did nothing wrong, and that he has a clear conscience. He was held on a $20,000 bond which the DA’s Office requested be raised to $200,000 at last news reports.
Sexual assault is an extremely serious charge; in Colorado, sexual assault of a child is generally charged as a class 3 or 4 felony, and will result in harsh punishment for those convicted.
All sex crimes should be taken seriously. As Michigan sex crime lawyers, we know those who are accused of inappropriate sexual behavior, particularly when it involves children, can result in not only loss of freedom for the accused, but ruin of the alleged offender’s career and reputation. Those who are accused of sexually assaulting children are frowned upon by society, regardless of whether the accusations are true or not. Unfortunately, it is easy to find yourself wrongly accused of such an offense if you frequently work with or around children.
Regardless of how minor or serious your situation may seem, consult with a skilled and aggressive Michigan sex crime attorney immediately if accused of sexual assault. Your reputation, freedom, and future may hinge on your lawyer’s ability to aggressively fight the charges.