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Mar 21, 2011 5:57 PM by Andy Koen

Calhan man pleads guilty to sex assault of step granddaughter

A Calhan man admitted in court Monday to sexually assaulting his step granddaughter on multiple occassions dating back several years. John Cullyford, 70, pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, a class 3 felony.

He was taken in to custody in December following an investigation by the Calhan Police Department with assistance from the Colorado Springs Police Department.

During the court proceedings, District Court Judge Thomas Kennedy asked Cullyford why he was guilty of the crime.

He replied, "Just as the charges were read, I did everything."

Kennedy asked him what he meant, and Cullyford said, "I touched (the victim's) private parts." Kennedy further asked whether the touching was for the purpose of sexual arousal Cullyford replied "Yes it was."

Sentencing for Cullyford is scheduled to take place in June. He faces between 4 and 32 years in prison with a mandatory 20 years of probation.

Cullyford could also be fined up to $75,000 and will have to register with the state's sex offender database.

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