A man who allegedly struck up an Internet and phone relationship with a 12-year-old child has been accused of taking the child onto national forest land near Wolcott and sexually assaulting her.
Arrested was Adolfo Guardado, 24, who authorities said entered the United States illegally from Mexico.
According to investigators, Guardado of Edwards had been chatting online and phoning the girl for some time when the child asked him for a ride to school on May 18.
Guardado allegedly picked up the child and drove her to a remote cabin on national forest land 10 miles from Wolcott.
The child was sexually assaulted at the cabin and later released at the school, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office, with the help of Avon police and the U.S. Forest Service, arrested Guardado.
According to authorities, Guardado has been cooperative, taking them to the remote, unoccupied cabin and confessing to assaulting the child.
Guardado is being held for investigation of sexual assault on a child, second-degree kidnapping and enticement of a child, all felonies.
He is being held in the Eagle County Detention Center on $15,000 bail. He also is being held on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer for being in the country illegally.
Shannon Cordingly, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office, said authorities were able to identify Guardado with help from the victim’s family.
The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said that one in five children on an Internet chat room is approached by a pedophile, and one in four is exposed to unwanted sexual material.