Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Peter Maurice Adams - Repeat Sex Offender

A registered sex offender in Arboles has been arrested in connection with sexual assault on a child.

Peter Maurice Adams, 40, was charged by the 6th Judicial District Attorney's Office with sexual assault on a child in a position of trust, sexual assault on a child and enticement of a child. He is being held in the Archuleta County Jail on a $250,000 cash-only bond.

Adams was arrested Jan. 4, shortly after the Archuleta County Sheriff's Office obtained an arrest warrant and a search warrant for a home on Runaround Road in Arboles. Authorities seized a computer and other items.

The alleged assaults occurred in the fall of 2007 and involved a boy younger than age 10, said Detective Sgt. Carl Smith with the Archuleta County Sheriff's Office.

Adams is also suspected of sexually assaulting a boy younger than age 10 on two occasions at a motel in the 20700 block of U.S. Highway 160 in Durango, said Capt. Micki Browning with the Durango Police Department. Those assaults occurred one to two years ago, and became known to police after he was arrested in Archuleta County, Browning said. The arrest warrants were served to him in jail.

Adams was arrested in 2000 in Delaware in connection with sexual assault on a child, Smith said, but he pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact with a minor, a misdemeanor.

Adams has been a registered sex offender in Archuleta County since 2004, Smith said.

He is set for preliminary hearing at 3 p.m. Feb. 7 in Archuleta County Court in Pagosa Springs.

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