Grand Junction CO Jan 24 2017
A Grand Junction man arrested for alleged sexual assault of a teenager last week also is involved in a 3-year-old case where a woman reported he pretended to be a police officer and demanded sexual favors or he would put her in jail.
Aaron Allon Vann, 29, was arrested on Jan. 17 after police found him in Basalt with a 16-year-old girl who had been reported missing. Police had contacted him when he was with the girl earlier the same day, when they saw Vann and the girl sitting in a car at Riverside Park, shortly after midnight.
Vann and the girl initially told police they were going for a walk and were cousins, but later admitted that was false, according to arrest records.
Police contacted the girl’s mother and were given permission to access her cellphones for information. A search of the phones revealed that Vann requested sexual images and videos from the girl and had also sent sexual images, the arrest records said.
Vann is suspected of having sex with the girl in a storage unit and at his ex-girlfriend’s house as well, according to the arrest affidavit. He was arrested after police found him with the missing girl at a trailer he stays at when he’s working in Basalt.
The previous case from December 2014 involved a report from a 25-year-old woman who said a man came to her door, claimed to be an undercover cop and threatened to arrest her if she didn’t have sex with him, which she did. The victim identified Vann but declined to pursue criminal charges, according to police records.
Vann, who had a handgun, two knives, a shotgun and rifle with him when police contacted him last week, said he works as a contract security officer and wears a badge.
Vann appeared Thursday in Mesa County Court, and Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark Hand said his office will be investigating his involvement in the 2014 case. Deputy State Public Defender Clinton Knorpp said Vann was not a risk to the community or the victim, and said he shouldn’t be incarcerated. He called the incident with the girl a “bad situation.”
Mesa County Court Judge Bruce Raaum sided with prosecutors and issued Vann a $50,000 cash-only bond, a decision met with sobs from Vann.
The Daily Sentinel