An offer has been extended to a Silverthorne man facing child sexual assault charges.
Francisco Fuentes Godinez, 41, appeared in custody Tuesday, June 24, in Summit County Court before Judge Jonathan Shamis, of Lake County, who was filling in for Judge Edward Casias.
Godinez was scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing, but public defender Dana Christiansen informed the court the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office had extended a plea bargain offer.
Deputy district attorney Rusty Prindle said the terms of the deal would require Godinez to plead guilty to one count of felony child sexual assault. The stipulated penalty would be 15 to 20 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections, Prindle said.
Godinez waived his right to a preliminary hearing to consider the offer and to allow the public defender’s office to continue negotiations with the district attorney’s office, Christiansen said.
Shamis bound the case over to Summit County District Court. Godinez is next scheduled to appear at 9:30 a.m. Monday, July 14, before District Judge Karen Romeo.
Godinez was arrested in March after emergency room doctors at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center called the Silverthorne Police Department to investigate a possible sexual assault of a 9-year-old.
Upon the officers’ arrival, doctors told them the victim was displaying symptoms consistent with a sexually transmitted disease, according to court records.
During an interview with representatives from the department of social services, the victim described occasions, dating back more than a year, in which she was allegedly assaulted by Godinez, records stated.