La Garita man to serve two years for sexual assault


SAGUACHE — A La Garita man will serve two years in the county jail for engaging in unlawful sexual contact with a child, the sheriff’s office reported Monday.


On July 13, 18-year-old Gerald Nusbaum of La Garita allegedly committed the first incident at the home of his employer. According to reports by Cpl. Steve Hansen and Sheriff Dan Warwick, the employer and his wife reported their son had been lured into the garage by Nusbaum.


When they noticed the boy’s pants were down, they asked Nusbaum why this was the case. He told them the boy had been butted by a goat and possibly was injured. The boy later told his mother the story about the goat wasn’t true. He then told her Nusbaum touched his buttocks with his private parts but he was told not to tell anyone. The boy later indicated Nusbaum may have molested him on other occasions.


The father told Warwick he was trying to keep the children away from Nusbaum because he knew he had a criminal record and a drug history; also that he grew up in a troubled home. The boy’s father said Nusbaum’s sister died just prior to the incident but he did not think he had been permanently affected by her death.


Nusbaum was interviewed by Hansen and Warwick. He was arrested two years ago, charged with sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and was later released.

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